Biography

Chiwetelu Umeadi "Chiwetel" Ejiofor was born on 10 July 1977 in Forest Gate, London. He attended London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, but had to leave after a year after receiving the roll of Ens, in Steven Spielberg's historical drama, "Amistad". For his first leading film role in Dirty Pretty Things, he won a British Independent Film Award for best actor. He has portrayed Othello in numerous stage productions including Bloomsbury Theatre, Theatre Royal in Glasgow and Donmar Warehouse. He made his directorial debut in the short film Slapper, which he also wrote. He soon became well known after moving on to bigger roles in "Inside Man" (2005), "American Gangster" (2007), "Children of Men" and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" (2012).

Chiwetelu Umeadi "Chiwetel" Ejiofor was born on 10 July 1977 in Forest Gate, London. He attended London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, but had to leave after a year after receiving the roll of Ens, in Steven Spielberg's historical drama, "Amistad". For his first leading film role in Dirty Pretty Things, he won a British Independent Film Award for best actor. He has portrayed Othello in numerous stage productions including Bloomsbury Theatre, Theatre Royal in Glasgow and Donmar Warehouse. He made his directorial debut in the short film Slapper, which he also wrote. He soon became well known after moving on to bigger roles in "Inside Man" (2005), "American Gangster" (2007), "Children of Men" and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" (2012).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 58

Birthday 1977-07-10

Place of Birth Forest Gate, London, UK

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Tonight at Noon as Lee
The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind as Trywell Kamkwamba
Fela as Fela Kuti
2021 Doctor Strange 2 as Baron Karl Mordo
2020 Maleficent 2
2019 The Lion King as Scar (voice)
2018 The Elephant Queen as Narrator
2018 Sherlock Gnomes as Watson (Voice)
2018 Mary Magdalene as Peter
2018 Come Sunday as Carlton Pearson
2017 Red Nose Day Actually as Peter
2017 Doctor Strange: Strange Company as Himself
2016 Doctor Strange as Karl Mordo
2016 Triple 9 as Michael Atwood
2016 Ares III: Refocused as Vincent Kapoor
2015 Secret in Their Eyes as Ray
2015 The Martian as Venkat Kapoor
2015 Z for Zachariah as John Loomis
2015 National Theatre Live: Everyman as Everyman
2015 ARES: live(6 episodes) as Vincent Kapoor
2013 Making a Scene as Man
2013 12 Years a Slave as Solomon Northup
2013 Half of a Yellow Sun as Odenigbo
2013 Savannah as Christmas Moultrie
2013 Phil Spector as Mock Prosecutor
2013 Dancing on the Edge(5 episodes) as Louis Lester
2011 The Shadow Line(8 episodes) as Jonah Gabriel
2010 Salt as Darryl Peabody
2009 2012 as Adrian Helmsley
2009 Endgame as President Thabo Mbeki
2008 Redbelt as Mike Terry
2008 This Is My Africa as Himself
2007 American Gangster as Huey Lucas
2007 Talk to Me as Dewey Hughes
2006 Children of Men as Luke
2006 Inside Man as Detective Bill Mitchell
2006 Tsunami: The Aftermath(2 episodes) as Ian Carter
2005 Slow Burn as Ty Trippin
2005 Serenity as The Operative
2005 Kinky Boots as Lola
2005 Four Brothers as Victor Sweet
2004 Melinda and Melinda as Ellis Moonsong
2004 She Hate Me as Frank Wills
2004 Red Dust as Alex Mpondo
2003 3 Blind Mice as Mark Hayward
2003 Canterbury Tales(1 episode) as Paul
2003 Love Actually as Peter
2003 Twelfth Night, or What You Will as Orsino
2003 Trust(6 episodes) as Ashley Carter
2002 Dirty Pretty Things as Okwe
2001 Murder in Mind(1 episode) as DS McCorkindale
2000 It Was an Accident as Nicky Burkett
1999 G:MT Greenwich Mean Time as Rix
1997 Amistad as Ens. James Covey
1996 Deadly Voyage as Ebow
1953 The Academy Awards(1 episode) as Chiwetel Ejiofor

Directing

The Boy Who Harnessed The WindDirector
2013 Columbite TantaliteDirector
2008 SlapperDirector

Writing

The Boy Who Harnessed The WindWriter
2013 Columbite TantaliteWriter
2008 SlapperWriter

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