Produced on July 10, 1977, in London, England, Chiwetel Ejiofor was a stage performer before getting a part in the 1997 movie Amistad. Many more jobs were to follow, including Dirty Pretty Things, Serenity, Kinky Boots, Talk to Me, Redbelt and Othello. Having been nominated for three Golden Globes, Ejiofor earned farther critical acclaim because of his part as Solomon Northup in the biopic 12 Years a Slave. The movie also earned Ejiofor an Academy Award nomination for the best actor in 2014.
Celebrity Chiwetelu Umeadi Ejiofor was born on July 10, 1977, in the eastern section of London, England, to mom Obiajulu and dad Arinze Ejiofor; both parents hailed from Nigeria, worked in medicine and had a notable singing/performance career. The second of four siblings, Chiwetel lost his dad in an automobile crash in a trip to Nigeria when he was a kid, after which he was hospitalized for over two months and physically scarred.
Along with his mom taking good care of the household, Ejiofor acquired a passion for reading as well as the stage, so that as such performed using the National Youth Theatre before finally attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Throughout the early 2000s, Ejiofor had lead and supporting characters in several big screen endeavors that revealed his versatility as an actor, choosing work in many different genres throughout the moral spectrum.
A few of the highlights: He received raves as a sleep-deprived taxi driver and hotel clerk having a medical history in the Stephen Frears thriller Dirty Pretty Things (2002), playing opposite Audrey Tatou. Ejiofor was subsequently section of the big ensemble cast of 2003’s Love Actually and afterwards played villains in two notable sci-fi films—specifically Joss Whedon’s Serenity (2005) and Alfonso Cuarn’s Children of Men (2006). Ejiofor also collaborated with Spike Lee in the movies She Hate Me (2004) and Inside Man (2006), working with co star Denzel Washington in 2007’s American Gangster at the same time.
Ejiofor was the lead character—singing drag diva Lola—in the 2006 movie Kinky Boots, for which Ejiofor earned a Golden Globe Award nomination. (The film eventually went on to be accommodated into a Tony Award winning musical composed by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein.) Ejiofor received added Golden Globe nods for his part in HBO’s Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006) and, three years after, for his character impersonating Thabo Mbeki in the South African play Endgame.
After another ensemble endeavor with 2012 (2009), the active actor starred as a government agent in the Angelina Jolie secret agent thriller Salt (2010).
The year 2013 was an important one for Ejiofor.
Ejiofor garnered much critical acclaim for the part, including a best actor Golden Globe nod (actor Matthew McConaughey finally took the World because of his lead character in 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club) and an Academy Award nomination for the best actor in 2014.
Following the success of 12 Years a Slave, Ejiofor has handled an intriguing mixture of jobs.
On the big screen, Ejiofor appears in the approaching crime drama Triple Nine with Aaron Paul and Kate Winslet along with the postapocalyptic story Z for Zachariah with Chris Pine and Margot Robbie. He’s also signed on to play a condemned drug trafficker imprisoned in Bolivia, which is founded on the 2003 publication Marching Powder.