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Chiwetel Ejiofor (born 10.7.1977)
Birth name Chiwetelu Umeadi but known to the public as Chiwetel Ejiofor, is an Actor born in Forest Gate, London. He has had roles in television, theatre and film; with one of his most famous breaks in Steven Spielberg's Amistad. Ejiofor has been nominated for five Golden Globe Award nominations as well as receiving an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II in 2008.

Childhood: Ejiofor was born to Nigerian descendants Arinze his Father who was a doctor and his mother, Obiajulu who was a pharmacist. At the age of thirteen, he began acting at Dulwich College and then joined the National Youth Theatre. In 1988 at the age of eleven, Ejiofor was at a family wedding in Nigeria, when he and his father left the celebrations, they had a head-on collision; unfortunately his father died, but Ejiofor survived with minor cuts to his forehead.

Career: Ejiofor's debut came for television film Deadly Voyage, 1996. He became a student at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, but had to leave after one year. This was due to him receiving a role in Steven Spielberg's Amistad 1997, playing an interpreter Ens. James Covey. The actor would star in many plays, and receive an award in 1999, The Ian Charleson Award and the Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising New-comer from the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards in 2000. Continuing that year, the actor claimed the 'London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer in 2000 and a nomination for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2001. In 2002, the star made his debut leading role in Stephen Frears British Thriller 'Dirty Pretty Things'. He was awarded the British Independent Award for Best Actor. The actor continued to impress the Film world with many small acting pieces throughout the years. In 2006, the star received two nominations, one for the Golden Globe Awards and another for a British Independent Film Award for his display of singing and dancing in Julian Jarold's 'Kinky Boots'. Appearing Don Cheadle in 2007 film 'Talk to Me', Ejiofor continued to impress in his role as Othello alongside Ewan McGregor as Iago in the same year, receiving the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor. His most recent role of Solomon Northup in 2013's '12 Years A Slave' has caused a huge stir, and catapulted the stars name into the limelight once again. Critics highlighted Ejiofor's chances of receiving another nomination for Best Actor will be high. Ejiofor claimed actors waited their whole careers for opportunities like these, and questioned if he had the capabilities to succeed at the role. His preparation was very detailed and included learning to play the violin, and even commencing in manual labour such as picking-cotton to indulge the role.

Personal Life: In 1988 aged only eleven, Ejiofor unfortunately lost his father when the car he was in had a head on collision with a lorry on the return journey from a wedding in Nigeria.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Z For Zachariah Pushed Robbie, Ejiofor And Pine As Actors


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Margot Robbie's character thinks she's the only survivor until she meets Chiwetel Ejiofor's scientist. She says she was continually put into awkward positions during filming. "Just delving into it deeper," she says. "And I guess, for this role specifically, I tried to remember how I behaved when I was a younger teenager. I didn't know how to act cool around guys or how to regain some sort of power if somebody told me off. Those were the things I was trying to focus on this character."

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine & Morgot Robbie lead the cast in Z For ZachariahChiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine & Morgot Robbie lead the cast in Z For Zachariah

For his part, Ejiofor had to react "delicately" to reveal his character's insecurity. "It all felt very real," he says of the relationship dynamic. "Craig can breathe life into the relationships of a very small number of people kind of effortlessly!"

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Celebrities at Chiltern Firehouse

Chiwetel Ejiofor - Celebrities at Chiltern Firehouse - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 12th August 2015

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Celebrities at the Chiltern Firehouse

Chiwetel Ejiofor - Celebrities at the Chiltern Firehouse - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 12th August 2015

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Celebrities at the Chiltern Firehouse

Chiwetel Ejiofor - Celebrities at the Chiltern Firehouse - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 9th July 2015

Secret In Their Eyes Trailer


Ray is a dedicated FBI investigator with a crush on his District Attorney supervisor Claire and a close friendship with his partner Jess. However, all those whimsical circumstances are thrown out of the window when a corpse is discovered in a dumpster in LA. Ray discovers that it's the mutilated body of Jess' teenage daughter, and the devastated pair set out on a vengeful mission to find the perpetrator. Unfortunately, the suspect they pick up - of whose guilt they are convinced - they are forced to let go when no solid evidence is found. Thirteen years later, Ray returns with a new lead, having spent every evening since searching through the US prison system for their murderer. But this time, they're thinking of bringing him down their own way.

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Serpentine Gallery summer party - Arrivals

Chiwetel Ejiofor - Serpentine Gallery summer party held in Kensington Gardens - Arrivals at Serpentine Gallery - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 2nd July 2015

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The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party

Chiwetel Ejiofor - The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party held in Kensington Gardens - Arrivals. at Serpentine Gallery - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 2nd July 2015

Arise Sir Kevin Spacey: US Actor Receives Honorary Knighthood In Queen's Birthday Honours List


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American Kevin Spacey has said he was "honoured and humbled by such recognition from the Queen”, after being included in this year’s birthday honours list. The actor has been given an honorary knighthood by the monarch, after serving as the artistic director of the Old Vic theatre for over a decade.

Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey has been given an honorary knighthood.

Spacey was recognised for his 'services to British theatre and international culture'. Accepting the honour he told the BBC, "I must thank the British public for being so supportive of my efforts on behalf of the Old Vic. I feel like an adopted son.”

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Chiwetel Ejiofor to Play Baron Mordo in 'Doctor Strange'


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Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor will play the sorcerous nobleman Baron Mordo in Marvel's Doctor Strange. The 37-year-old will line up against Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor, while Tilda Swinton is reportedly in talks to play the Ancient One, a mystical Tibetan mentor whose powers including astral projection, teleportation and energy blasts.

Chiwetel EjioforChiwetel Ejiofor has joined the cast of Marvel's Doctor Strange

Mordo is traditionally a supervillain in the Doctor Strange comics though Deadline - who first reported the news - suggests his evil tendencies will be toned down in the new movie. The Ancient One is also male in print. 

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The Martian - International Trailer


Mark Watney is an astronaut whose resourceful and determined personality is the only thing he has to rely on when he is accidentally abandoned on Mars when his team abort their mission in the face of an oncoming storm. He is presumed dead, but he has miraculously survived, though injured, and now must do everything within his power to get a message to NASA, calculating that if they get it, he still has to survive for four years until they reach him. He has little left in the way of supplies and is living in a Hab which is meant for only a month's worth of use. On his to do list is to attempt to grow crops to survive on, and do everything he can to make water. Luckily for him, a message does reach NASA and his crewmates immediately come together to work out how to rescue their man.

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A Week In Movies: Berlin Wraps Up, Dames Judi And Maggie Hit The Red Carpet, Julia Roberts Films In L.A. And There Are New Trailers For Age Of Adaline, Big Game And Crimson Peak


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Cinderella

The Berlin Film Festival wrapped up last weekend after the premiere for Disney's new live-action version of Cinderella, and stars Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Lily James and Richard Madden, plus director Kenneth Branagh were all on hand for the event.

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A Week In Movies: Selma Premieres In London, Mission: Impossible 5 Shifts Its Release, New Trailers Drop For True Story, Child 44, Fantastic Four And Ted 2


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Selma Premiere

David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay were on hand in London for the European premiere of Selma this week. They were joined on the red carpet by costar Colman Domingo and singer Nicole Scherzinger. Up for two Oscars but snubbed by Bafta, the critically acclaimed film opens in the UK next week. 

Photos - Selma European Premiere at Curzon Mayfair, London

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Z For Zachariah - Clip


After a dramatic cataclysm seemingly destroys all of mankind, a single woman in the deep south of America faces up to the very real possibility that she is the last woman on Earth. Ann Burden (Margot Robbie) does whatever she can to survive in her own tiny corner of the world, until Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) stumbles upon her small valley sanctuary. While the two struggle to find common ground at first, aside from their survival, they steadily begin to form an uneasy bond. But when Caleb (Chris Pine) happens to find the two of them as well, tensions steadily rise as the last three people on Earth give way to jealousy and bitterness towards one another. 

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Chiwetel Ejiofor Talks About His Character Exploration For 'Z for Zachariah'


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Chiwetel Ejiofor is set to star in a chilling adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's apocalyptic novel 'Z for Zachariah', and while he is highly respected for his versatility in acting roles, he admits he found taking on the role in the three-man thriller to be a challenge.

Chris Pine, Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor in 'Z For Zachariah'
[L-R] Chris Pine, Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in 'Z For Zachariah'

Ejiofor attracted some serious award nominations for his role as Solomon Northup in '12 Years A Slave' and he's continuing to take on more and more impressive roles. Playing one of just three characters, he stars in the Craig Zobel's upcoming dystopian adventure 'Z for Zachariah', and while it does seem like an awful lot of pressure for this stellar actor, he seems more than thrilled about being given the opportunity.

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Is Chiwetel Ejiofor Starring in 'Doctor Strange'?


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Chiwetel Ejiofor, the Oscar-nominated star of 12 Years a Slave, is in early talks to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel's Doctor Strange. Sources tell Variety that negotiations are at a very early stage but that the studio is big on Ejiofor for a high profile role in the movie.

Chiwetel EjioforChiwetel Ejiofor [L] was Oscar-nominated for his stellar performance in 12 Years a Slave

The specific role in Doctor Strange is unknown as this time, as is the plot details for the movie. 

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