Chiwetel Ejiofor

Biography: The actor's convincing breakthrough performance as a Nigerian doctor/illegal immigrant in the 2002 British drama Dirty Pretty Things can be attributed to the fact that he based it on his own physician father. Unfortunately, his real-life dad died in a tragic car accident that also left the then-11-year-old Ejiofor with a prominent scar on his forehead. Despite this tragedy, Ejiofor pursued his performing dreams and made an auspicious big-screen debut at age 20 in Steven Spielberg's 1997 slave drama Amistad. The theater-trained actor spent the next few years on the English stage, racking up rave reviews, notably for his Olivier-nominated turn as a schizophrenic in Blue/Orange, which also netted him a Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Although Dirty Pretty Things established him as a formidable screen presence that led to a slew of work in auteur-helmed films (Spike Lee's She Hate Me and Inside Man, Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda, John Singleton's Four Brothers),The actor's convincing breakthrough performance as a Nigerian doctor/illegal immigrant in the 2002 British drama Dirty Pretty Things can be attributed to the fact that he based it on his own physician father. Unfortunately, his real-life dad died in a tragic car accident that also left the then-11-year-old Ejiofor with a prominent scar on his forehead. Despite this tragedy, Ejiofor pursued his performing dreams and made an auspicious big-screen debut at age 20 in Steven Spielberg's 1997 slave drama Amistad. The theater-trained actor spent the next few years on the English stage, racking up rave reviews, notably for his Olivier-nominated turn as a schizophrenic in Blue/Orange, which also netted him a Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Although Dirty Pretty Things established him as a formidable screen presence that led to a slew of work in auteur-helmed films (Spike Lee's She Hate Me and Inside Man, Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda, John Singleton's Four Brothers), Ejiofor earned a pair of Golden Globe nominations in 2007 for contrasting roles as Lola, a singing drag queen with a penchant for fancy footwear in the feature Kinky Boots, and in the TV-movie Tsunami: The Aftermath, playing a dad desperately searching for his missing daughter. Heading back to the London stage in 2007, he won the Laurence Olivier award for best actor playing the lead role in Othello. Continuing to excel in a variety of genres, he starred in Roland Emmerich's 2009 end-of-the world action flick 2012, and played a CIA agent opposite Angelina Jolie in 2010's spy thriller Salt. Expand

Chiwetel Ejiofor's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 61
Highest Metascore: 96 12 Years a Slave
Lowest Metascore: 25 Savannah
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
32 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
43 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Oct 18, 2019 Principal Cast / Conall / Connal 3.1
66 The Elephant Queen Oct 18, 2019 Himself - Narrator tbd
55 The Lion King Jul 19, 2019 Scar 6.8
48 Mary Magdalene Apr 12, 2019 Peter / Peter / Peter / Peter tbd
68 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Mar 1, 2019 Director / Adaptation / Trywell Kamkwamba 7.3
65 Come Sunday Apr 13, 2018 Carlton Pearson tbd
36 Sherlock Gnomes Mar 23, 2018 Dr. Watson / Watson 4.2
72 Doctor Strange Nov 4, 2016 Baron Karl Mordo / Baron Mordo / Mordo / Mordo 8.2
52 Triple 9 Feb 26, 2016 Cast / Terrell Tompkins / Michael Atwood / Terrell Tompkins 6.3
45 Secret in Their Eyes Nov 20, 2015 Ray / Ray 5.4
60 SPECTRE Nov 6, 2015 Cast 6.9
80 The Martian Oct 2, 2015 Cast / Venkat Kapoor / Vincent Kapoor 8.0
68 Z for Zachariah Aug 28, 2015 Loomis / John Loomis / Loomis 5.9
51 Half of a Yellow Sun May 16, 2014 Odenigbo / Odenigbo 6.3
96 12 Years a Slave Oct 18, 2013 Solomon Northup / Solomon Northup 8.1
25 Savannah Aug 23, 2013 Christmas Moultrie 5.6
65 Salt Jul 23, 2010 Peabody 6.5
49 2012 Nov 13, 2009 Adrian Helmsley / Adrian Helmsley 8.8
55 Endgame Nov 6, 2009 President Thabo Mbeki 7.5
69 Redbelt May 2, 2008 Mike Terry 6.6
76 American Gangster Nov 2, 2007 Huey Lucas 7.5
69 Talk to Me Jul 13, 2007 Dewey Hughes 8.0
34 Slow Burn Apr 13, 2007 Ty Trippin / Ty Trippin tbd
84 Children of Men Dec 25, 2006 Luke / Luke 5.2
57 Kinky Boots Apr 14, 2006 Lola / Lola tbd
76 Inside Man Mar 24, 2006 Detective Bill Mitchell / Detective Bill Mitchell tbd
74 Serenity Sep 30, 2005 The Operative 8.4
49 Four Brothers Aug 12, 2005 Victor Sweet / Victor Sweet 8.8
54 Melinda and Melinda Mar 18, 2005 Ellis Moonsong 6.0
55 Love Actually Nov 7, 2003 Peter 8.6