Chiwetel Ejiofor


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English actor, writer and director Chiwetel Ejiofor is renowned for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. He is also known for playing Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things (2002), the Operative in Serenity (2005), Lola ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 59 wins & 86 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

12 Years a Slave Solomon Northup
(2013)
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Trywell Kamkwamba
(2019)
2012 Adrian Helmsley
(2009)

Filmography

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  The Old Guard 2 (filming)
Copley
 2023 The Pod Generation (filming)
Alvy
  Tonight at Noon (completed)
Lee / Evans
 2022 The Man Who Fell to Earth (TV Series)
Faraday
- The Man Who Sold The World (2022) ... Faraday
- As The World Falls Down (2022) ... Faraday
- Cracked Actor (2022) ... Faraday
- Changes (2022) ... Faraday
 2021 Infinite
Bathurst 2020
 2021/I Locked Down
Paxton
 2020 The Old Guard
Copley
 2019 The Lion King
Scar (voice)
 2019 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Trywell Kamkwamba
 2018 Sherlock Gnomes
Dr. Watson (voice)
 2018 Mary Magdalene
Peter
 2018 Come Sunday
Carlton Pearson
 2017 Red Nose Day Actually (TV Short)
Peter
 2016 Doctor Strange
Mordo
 2016 Triple 9
Michael Atwood
 2015 Secret in Their Eyes
Ray Kasten
 2015 The Martian
Vincent Kapoor
 2015 Z for Zachariah
John Loomis
 2013 Making a Scene (Short)
Man
 2013 Half of a Yellow Sun
Odenigbo
 2013 12 Years a Slave
Solomon Northup
 2013 Phil Spector (TV Movie)
Mock Prosecutor
 2013 Dancing on the Edge (TV Mini Series)
Louis
- Interviewing Louis (2013) ... Louis
- Episode 5 (2013) ... Louis
- Episode 4 (2013) ... Louis
- Episode 3 (2013) ... Louis
- Episode 2 (2013) ... Louis
 2013 Savannah
Christmas Moultrie
 2011 The Shadow Line (TV Series)
Jonah Gabriel
- Episode #1.7 (2011) ... Jonah Gabriel
- Episode #1.6 (2011) ... Jonah Gabriel
- Episode #1.5 (2011) ... Jonah Gabriel
- Episode #1.4 (2011) ... Jonah Gabriel
- Episode #1.3 (2011) ... Jonah Gabriel
 2010 Salt
Peabody
 2009/I 2012
Adrian Helmsley
 2009/I Endgame
Thabo Mbeki
 2008 Redbelt
Mike Terry
 2007 American Gangster
Huey Lucas
 2007 Talk to Me
Dewey Hughes
 2006 Tsunami: The Aftermath (TV Mini Series)
Ian Carter
- Episode #1.2 (2006) ... Ian Carter
- Episode #1.1 (2006) ... Ian Carter
 2006 Children of Men
Luke
 2006 Inside Man
Detective Bill Mitchell
 2005 Kinky Boots
Lola
 2005 Slow Burn
Ty Trippin
 2005 Serenity
The Operative
 2005 Four Brothers
Victor Sweet
 2004 Animated Tales of the World (TV Series)
Konzaburô
- Crossing the Snow (2004) ... Konzaburô (voice)
 2004 Melinda and Melinda
Ellis Moonsong
 2004 Red Dust
Alex Mpondo
 2004 She Hate Me
Frank Wills
 2003 Love Actually
Peter
 2003 Canterbury Tales (TV Mini Series)
Paul
- The Knight's Tale (2003) ... Paul
 2003 Twelfth Night, or What You Will (TV Movie)
Orsino
 2003 3 Blind Mice
Mark Hayward
 2003 Trust (TV Mini Series)
Ashley Carter
- Episode #1.4 (2003) ... Ashley Carter
- Episode #1.6 (2003) ... Ashley Carter
- Episode #1.5 (2003) ... Ashley Carter
- Episode #1.3 (2003) ... Ashley Carter
- Episode #1.2 (2003) ... Ashley Carter
 2002 Dirty Pretty Things
Okwe
 2001 Murder in Mind (TV Series)
DS McCorkindale
- Teacher (2001) ... DS McCorkindale (as Chiwetal Ejiofor)
 2001 My Friend Soweto
Soweto
 2001 Mind Games (TV Movie)
Tyler Arnold
 2000 It Was an Accident
Nicky Burkett
 1999 Greenwich Mean Time
Rix
 1997 Amistad
Ensign Covey
 1996 Screen Two (TV Series)
Ebow
- Deadly Voyage (1996) ... Ebow
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Played "Russell" in "Sparkleshark", a new play for young people by Philip Ridley, at the Royal National Theatre in London, England. See more »

Publicity Listings:

15 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Chiwetal Ejiofor

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)

Parents:

Ejiofor (Okaford), Obiajulu | Ejiofor, Arinze

Relatives:

Zain Asher (sibling)
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Personal Quote:

I always thought of the play as a sequel to Romeo and Juliet. I think Shakespeare's so astute in his understanding of people being vulnerable, you know. And that love is so easy to corrupt. I think so many of Shakespeare's plays are about how fragile love is - how perfect and beautiful it is, but also how terrifying and easy to manipulate it is. See more »

Trivia:

Former member of the National Youth Theatre. See more »

Trademark:

Strong London accent See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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