Chiwetel Ejiofor

Biography: Chiwetel Ejiofor was born and raised in Forest Gate, London, England. His father was a doctor, his mother a pharmacist, both of them Nigerian emigrants. When Chiwetel was 11 his father was killed in a car accident while visiting Nigeria. Chiwetel was in the car with his father and still has a noticable scar on his forehead from the accident.

At age 13, Chiwetel became interested in acting upon studying Henry IV at school. At that time he auditioned at an open casting call for Shakespeare's Measure for Measure put on by the National Youth Theater. He won the role of Angelo and has been in several Shakespearean plays since, including National Theater's Romeo and Juliet and Othello. In 2001, Chiwetel received rave reviews and several awards for his performance as a schizophrenic patient in Blue/Orange. The awards include the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor and London Critics Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer. 2003 brought Chiwetel's
Chiwetel Ejiofor was born and raised in Forest Gate, London, England. His father was a doctor, his mother a pharmacist, both of them Nigerian emigrants. When Chiwetel was 11 his father was killed in a car accident while visiting Nigeria. Chiwetel was in the car with his father and still has a noticable scar on his forehead from the accident.

At age 13, Chiwetel became interested in acting upon studying Henry IV at school. At that time he auditioned at an open casting call for Shakespeare's Measure for Measure put on by the National Youth Theater. He won the role of Angelo and has been in several Shakespearean plays since, including National Theater's Romeo and Juliet and Othello.

In 2001, Chiwetel received rave reviews and several awards for his performance as a schizophrenic patient in Blue/Orange. The awards include the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor and London Critics Circle Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer.

2003 brought Chiwetel's breakthrough role, as Okwe the Nigerian illegal immigrant, in Stephen Frears's Dirty Pretty Things. That role earned him the British Independent Spirit Award for Best Performance by an Actor. It also earned him parts in movies with famous American directors like Woody Allen (Melinda and Melinda), Spike Lee (She Hate Me, Inside Man) and John Singleton (Four Brothers).

Chiwetel has the ability to bring an intense but wonderful performance with every turn. That, combined with the different types of roles he's taking on, including a detective in Inside Man, a transvestite in Kinky Boots, and a dangerous government agent in Joss Whedon's Serenity, Chiwetel seems to have a long-lasting career ahead of him.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 61
Highest Metascore: 97 12 Years a Slave
Lowest Metascore: 25 Savannah
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
24 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
78 Dirty Pretty Things Jul 18, 2003 Okwe 8.7
84 Children of Men Dec 25, 2006 Luke 8.4
74 Serenity Sep 30, 2005 The Operative 8.4
69 Talk to Me Jul 13, 2007 Dewey Hughes 8.0
97 12 Years a Slave Oct 18, 2013 Solomon Northup / Solomon Northup 8.0
80 The Martian Oct 2, 2015 Cast / Venkat Kapoor / Vincent Kapoor 8.0
76 American Gangster Nov 2, 2007 Huey Lucas 7.5
76 Inside Man Mar 24, 2006 Detective Bill Mitchell 7.4
63 Amistad Dec 10, 1997 Ensiign Covey 7.0
69 Redbelt May 2, 2008 Mike Terry 6.7
65 Salt Jul 23, 2010 Peabody 6.5
68 Z for Zachariah Aug 28, 2015 Loomis / John Loomis / Loomis 6.2