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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Chiwetel Ejiofor shares his thoughts on his directorial debut, based on the real-life The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind as written by the guy who lived it, William Kamkwamba.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 55 wins & 74 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

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

Filmography

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  Tonight at Noon (completed)
Lee / Evans
 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 #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 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 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 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
 1997 Amistad
Ensign Covey
 1996 Screen Two (TV Series)
Ebow
- Deadly Voyage (1996) ... Ebow
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Other Works:

Played David in "Church" and "One", two new plays about homosexuality in the Anglican Church by Richard Monks - BBC radio 4. See more »

Publicity Listings:

14 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Official Sites:

Filmnegah.com (Persian)

Alternate Names:

Chiwetal Ejiofor

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on 12 Years a Slave (2013)] There are 21 million people in slavery as we sit here. I just hope 150 years from now our ambivalence will not allow another filmmaker to make this film. See more »

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Friends with Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba and Andrew Lincoln. See more »

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Cancer

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