NIGERIAN ACTOR CHIWETEL EJIOFOR BIOGRAPHY
Chiwetel Umeadi Ejiofor was born on July 10, 1977. He is a popular British actor. Ejiofor was born in Forest Gate, London, to Nigerian Igbo parents from the middle class. Arinze was a doctor, while Obiajulu was a pharmacist (his parents). Zain, his younger sister, works for CNN. Kandi, his other sister, works as a general practitioner.
When Ejiofor was 11, he and his father were returning to Lagos following a family trip to Nigeria for a wedding when their automobile was involved in a head-on collision with a lorry. His father was killed, and Ejiofor was severely hurt, with scars on his forehead that are still visible. At his junior high school, Dulwich Prep London (then known as ‘Dulwich College Preparatory School,’ Ejiofor played the gravedigger in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. He continued acting at Dulwich College and joined the National Youth Theatre as a senior. He was accepted at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, but dropped out after being cast in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad.
Ejiofor began his acting career on stage. In 1995, Ejiofor starred in London’s ‘Bloomsbury Theatre’ in the play ‘Othello’. He made his debut in 1996 at Glasgow’s ‘Theatre Royal’. He also made his film debut in 1996, in the TV movie ‘Deadly Voyage.’
Steven Spielberg chose Ejiofor for the role of Amistad in his film in 1997. This was his ‘Hollywood’ debut. Ejiofor was cast as ‘James Covey’ in the film. Ejiofor’s performance stood out even though his role was minor. He was in the British film ‘G: MT- Greenwich Mean Time’ in 1999.
In the year 2000, Ejiofor appeared in Joe Penhall’s British production “Blue/Orange.” The ‘Royal National Theatre’ in London hosted the debut.
For his performance in the play, Ejiofor was awarded the ‘Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer’ by the ‘London Evening Standard.’ He also received a nomination for the ‘Laurence Olivier Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actor.’ Ejiofor also starred as ‘Romeo’ in the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in the same year. For this act, he was awarded the “Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer.”
Chiwetel Ejiofor’s first leading part in a film was in 2000’s ‘It Was an Accident.’ Ex-convict Nicky Burkett was played by Ejiofor. In the social thriller film ‘Dirty Pretty Things,’ he played the lead role in 2002.’ Okwe,’ an undocumented Nigerian immigrant working in a London hotel, was played by Ejiofor. For his outstanding performance in the film, Ejiofor received the British Independent Film Award for ‘Best Actor.’
In the courtroom drama series ‘Trust,’ which aired on the ‘BBC’ network in 2003, Ejiofor played a young lawyer named ‘Ashley Carter.’ The show only lasted a few seasons.In the same year, he played Augustus in the radio production of ‘The Darker Face of Earth.’ On August 23, was aired on the BBC World Service to commemorate the ‘International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.’ Following that, he rose to prominence in films such as Red Dust, Serenity, 12 Years a Slave, Half of a Yellow Sun, and others.
Chiwetel Ejiofor is currently single. From 2013 through 2016, he was dating Sari Mercer. After a few years, the couple parted up. Frances Aaternir, a model, is currently dating Ejiofor.
Ejiofor has been nominated for awards and he has bagged several and some of the awards are;
• 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards-Best Actor: Nominated
• 2014 Irish Film & Television Awards-Best International Actor: Winner
• 2014 Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: Nominated
• 2014 BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actor: Winner
• 2008 Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: Winner
• 2003 European Film Awards-European Actor: Nominated
His net worth is estimated to be around $12 million.
Ejiofor has fearured in several movies and TV Series. Some of his movies includes;
12 Years A Slave (2013)
American Gangster (2007)
Love Actually (2003)
Children Of Men (2006)
Kinky Boots (2006)
The Martian (2015)
Doctor Strange (2016)
The Old Guard (2020)
Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006)
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