Chiwetel Ejiofor

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).

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Children of Men (2006)

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In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfonso Cuarón
CAST:  Clive Owen  •  Michael Caine  •  Julianne Moore  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor

Inside Man (2006)

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When an armed, masked gang enter a Manhattan bank, lock the doors and take hostages, the detective assigned to effect their release enters negotiations preoccupied with corruption charges he is facing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Jodie Foster  •  Clive Owen  •  Christopher Plummer

Four Brothers (2005)

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Four adopted brothers return to their Detroit hometown when their mother is murdered and vow to exact revenge on the killers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Singleton
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Tyrese Gibson  •  André Benjamin  •  Garrett Hedlund

American Gangster (2007)

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Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Denzel Washington  •  Russell Crowe  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Josh Brolin

Amistad (1997)

In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed slave Theodore ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Nigel Hawthorne  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Djimon Hounsou  •  Morgan Freeman

Antwone Fisher (2002)

A sailor prone to violent outbursts is sent to a naval psychiatrist for help. Refusing at first to open up, the young man eventually breaks down and reveals a horrific childhood. Through the guidance of his doctor, he confronts his painful past and begins a quest ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denzel Washington
CAST:  Derek Luke  •  Malcolm David Kelley  •  Cory Hodges  •  Denzel Washington

Kinky Boots (2005)

Charles Price may have grown up with his father in the family shoe business in Northampton, in central England, but he never thought that he would take his father's place. Yet, the untimely death of his father places him in that position, only to learn that Price & ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julian Jarrold
CAST:  Joel Edgerton  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Sarah-Jane Potts  •  Nick Frost

Love Actually (2003)

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Follows seemingly unrelated people as their lives begin to intertwine while they fall in – and out – of love. Affections languish and develop as Christmas draws near.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Curtis
CAST:  Bill Nighy  •  Gregor Fisher  •  Colin Firth  •  Sienna Guillory

Melinda and Melinda (2004)

While dining out with friends, Sy suggests the difficulty of separating comedy from tragedy. To illustrate his point, he tells his guests two parallel stories about Melinda ; both versions have the same basic elements, but one take on her state of affairs leans ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Wallace Shawn  •  Stephanie Roth Haberle  •  Larry Pine  •  Radha Mitchell

Serenity (2005)

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When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything – or anyone – to get the girl back and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joss Whedon
CAST:  Nathan Fillion  •  Gina Torres  •  Alan Tudyk  •  Morena Baccarin

She Hate Me (2004)

Fired from his job, a former executive turns to impregnating wealthy lesbians for profit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Anthony Mackie  •  John Turturro  •  Kerry Washington  •  Woody Harrelson

Slow Burn (2005)

A district attorney (Ray Liotta) is involved in a 24-hour showdown with a gang leader (LL Cool J) and is, at the same time, being manipulated by an attractive assistant district attorney (Jolene Blalock) and a cryptic stranger.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wayne Beach
CAST:  Ray Liotta  •  LL Cool J  •  Mekhi Phifer  •  Jolene Blalock

Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

An urban hotel in London is a gathering and flash point for legal and illegal immigrants attempting to cobble together their lives in a new country. The immigrants include Senay, a Turkish woman, and a Nigerian doctor named Okwe who is working as a night porter at ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Audrey Tautou  •  Benedict Wong  •  Sophie Okonedo

Twelfth Night, or What You Will (2003)

Multicultural version of the Shakespearean tale Twelth Night, Made in modern day society featuring Anglo-Indian cast.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Supple
CAST:  Parminder Nagra  •  Ronny Jhutti  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  David Troughton

Triple 9 (2016)

A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hillcoat
CAST:  Casey Affleck  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Kate Winslet  •  Aaron Paul

Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)

An epic love story: Olanna and Kainene are glamorous twins, living a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria. The two women make very different choices of lovers, but rivalry and betrayal must be set aside as their lives are swept up in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Biyi Bandele
CAST:  Thandie Newton  •  Anika Noni Rose  •  John Boyega  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor

12 Years a Slave (2013)

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In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve McQueen
CAST:  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Michael Fassbender  •  Lupita Nyong'o  •  Dickie Gravois

Savannah (2013)

Savannah is the true story of Ward Allen, a romantic and bombastic character who rejects his plantation heritage for the freedom of life on a river. Ward navigates the change of early 20th century America on the wrong side of the law and society, his long-time ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Annette Haywood-Carter
CAST:  Jim Caviezel  •  Jaimie Alexander  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Jack McBrayer

Phil Spector (2013)

A drama centered on the relationship between Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden while the music business legend was on trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Mamet
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Al Pacino  •  Jeffrey Tambor  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor

Making a Scene (2013)

For this year's Movies Issue, The New York Times Magazine commissioned lines from an eclectic and talented group of screenwriters — writers responsible for some of the best scripts of 2013. We asked them each to write a single line for us — not a scene, a script or ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Janusz Kamiński
CAST:  Oscar Isaac  •  Oprah Winfrey  •  Bradley Cooper  •  Robert Redford
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