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Chiwetel Ejiofor


English actor 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 in Kinky Boots (2005),... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 53 wins & 74 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave Solomon Northup
(2013)
Serenity
Serenity The Operative
(2005)
2012
2012 Adrian Helmsley
(2009)

Filmography

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 2019 The Lion King (filming)
Scar (voice)
 2018 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (filming)
Trywell Kamkwamba
 2018 Sherlock Gnomes (filming)
Watson (voice)
 2018 Come Sunday (completed)
Carlton Pearson
  Tonight at Noon (completed)
Lee / Evans
 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 #1.5 (2013) ... Louis
- Episode #1.4 (2013) ... Louis
- Episode #1.3 (2013) ... Louis
- Episode #1.2 (2013) ... Louis
 2013 Savannah
Christmas Moultrie
 2011 The Shadow Line (TV Mini-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 Children of Men
Luke
 2006 Inside Man
Detective Bill Mitchell
 2006 Tsunami: The Aftermath (TV Mini-Series)
Ian Carter
- Episode #1.2 (2006) ... Ian Carter
- Episode #1.1 (2006) ... Ian Carter
 2005 Kinky Boots
Lola
 2005 Slow Burn
Ty Trippin
 2005 Serenity
The Operative
 2005 Four Brothers
Victor Sweet
 2004 Melinda and Melinda
Ellis Moonsong
 2004 Red Dust
Alex Mpondo
 2004 She Hate Me
Frank Wills
 2003 Canterbury Tales (TV Mini-Series)
Paul
- The Knight's Tale (2003) ... Paul
 2003 Love Actually
Peter
 2003 3 Blind Mice
Mark Hayward
 2003 Twelfth Night, or What You Will (TV Movie)
Orsino
 2003 Trust (TV 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
 1997 Amistad
Ensign Covey
 1996 Screen Two (TV Series)
Ebow
- Deadly Voyage (1996) ... Ebow
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Other Works:

Played "Romeo Montague" in William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", at the Royal National Theatre in London, England. See more »

Publicity Listings:

14 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Chiwetal Ejiofor

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

I remember getting cast in Amistad and getting this very strong feeling that I had overshot myself. It was a great shock. It made me realize that this is not a profession you can predict; that you can have all these ambitions and expectations and that they can all be thrown to the wind. What was peculiar about that situation was that my aspirations were so far below what actually happened. See more »

Trivia:

Former member of the National Youth Theatre. See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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