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: 60
Highest Metascore: 96 12 Years a Slave
Lowest Metascore: 25 Savannah
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
34 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
42 Locked Down Jan 14, 2021 Paxton / Paxton 6.8
43 Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Oct 18, 2019 Principal Cast / Conall / Connal 6.3
55 The Lion King Jul 19, 2019 Scar / Scar tbd
48 Mary Magdalene Apr 12, 2019 Peter / Peter / Peter / Peter 3.6
52 Triple 9 Feb 26, 2016 Cast / Cast / Terrell Tompkins / Terrell Tompkins / Michael Atwood / Michael Atwood / Terrell Tompkins / Terrell Tompkins tbd
45 Secret in Their Eyes Nov 20, 2015 Ray / Ray / Ray / Ray 5.0
51 Half of a Yellow Sun May 16, 2014 Odenigbo / Odenigbo 6.2
49 2012 Nov 13, 2009 Adrian Helmsley / Adrian Helmsley 8.8
55 Endgame Nov 6, 2009 President Thabo Mbeki 7.5
57 Kinky Boots Apr 14, 2006 Lola / Lola tbd
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 8.5