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Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetelu Umeadi "Chiwetel" Ejiofor was born on 10 July 1977 in Forest Gate, London. He attended London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, but had to leave after a year after receiving the roll of Ens, in Steven Spielberg's historical drama, "Amistad". For his first leading film role in Dirty Pretty Things, he won a British Independent Film Award for best actor. He has portrayed Othello in numerous stage productions including Bloomsbury Theatre, Theatre Royal in Glasgow and Donmar Warehouse. He made his directorial debut in the short film Slapper, which he also wrote. He soon became well known after moving on to bigger roles in "Inside Man" (2005), "American Gangster" (2007), "Children of Men" and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" (2012).

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Movies Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (44)

The Lion King (2019)

The Lion King (2019)

CGI re-imagining of the 1994 Walt Disney classic The Lion King. ...

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Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

Garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit renown detective, Sherlock Gnomes, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments. ...

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Mary Magdalene (2017)

Mary Magdalene (2017)

The story of Mary Magdalene. ...

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Red Nose Day Actually (2017)

Red Nose Day Actually (2017)

Fourteen years after the events of the first film, a series of encounters between people in Britain reminds us that in these different times Love, actually exists. ...

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Doctor Strange: Strange Company (2017)

Doctor Strange: Strange Company (2017)

A closer look at the support characters (in the comics and in the film) and the actors who portray them. This supplement also explores Director Scott Derrickson's work and the qualities he brought to the film. ...

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Doctor Strange (2016)

Doctor Strange (2016)

After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil. ...

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Triple 9 (2016)

Triple 9 (2016)

A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town. ...

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Ares III: Refocused (2016)

Ares III: Refocused (2016)

This is a faux-documentary about the rescue of Mark Watney, featuring some of the actors from the movie in-character in 'talking head' interview segments. ...

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Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

Secret in Their Eyes (2015)

A tight-knit team of FBI investigators, along with their District Attorney supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered. ...

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The Martian (2015)

The Martian (2015)

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his i ...

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Z for Zachariah (2015)

Z for Zachariah (2015)

In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist, he’s nearly been dri ...

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National Theatre Live: Everyman (2015)

National Theatre Live: Everyman (2015)

Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is runnin ...

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Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)

Half of a Yellow Sun (2014)

An epic love story: Olanna and Kainene are glamorous twins, living a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria. The two women make very different choices of lovers, but rivalry and betrayal must be set aside as their lives are swept up in the ...

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Making a Scene (2013)

Making a Scene (2013)

For this year's Movies Issue, The New York Times Magazine commissioned lines from an eclectic and talented group of screenwriters — writers responsible for some of the best scripts of 2013. We asked them each to write a single line for us — not a scene ...

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12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years a Slave (2013)

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twel ...

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Savannah (2013)

Savannah (2013)

Savannah is the true story of Ward Allen, a romantic and bombastic character who rejects his plantation heritage for the freedom of life on a river. Ward navigates the change of early 20th century America on the wrong side of the law and society, his long- ...

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Phil Spector (2013)

Phil Spector (2013)

A drama centered on the relationship between Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden while the music business legend was on trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson. ...

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Dancing on the Edge (2013)

Dancing on the Edge (2013)

A black jazz band becomes entangled in the aristocratic world of 1930s London as they seek fame and fortune. ...

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Salt (2010)

Salt (2010)

As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture ...

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2012 (2009)

2012 (2009)

Dr. Adrian Helmsley, part of a worldwide geophysical team investigating the effect on the earth of radiation from unprecedented solar storms, learns that the earth's core is heating up. He warns U.S. President Thomas Wilson that the crust of the earth is b ...

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Endgame (2009)

Endgame (2009)

The time is the late '80s, a crucial period in the history of South Africa. President P.W. Botha is hanging on to power by a thread as the African National Congress (ANC) takes up arms against apartheid and the country tumbles toward insurrection. A Briti ...

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Redbelt (2008)

Redbelt (2008)

Is there room for principle in Los Angeles? Mike Terry teaches jujitsu and barely makes ends meet. His Brazilian wife, whose family promotes fights, wants to see Mike in the ring making money, but to him competition is degrading. A woman sideswipes Mike's ...

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This Is My Africa (2008)

This Is My Africa (2008)

Interviewees discuss the memories, tastes and experiences that they associate with Africa for a personal vision of the continent. ...

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Tonight at Noon (2008)

Tonight at Noon (2008)

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American Gangster (2007)

American Gangster (2007)

Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up ...

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Talk to Me (2007)

Talk to Me (2007)

The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s. ...

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Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006)

Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006)

Inspired by true accounts, this HBO miniseries focuses on a group of fictional characters caught up in the harrowing aftermath of the tsunami that devastated the coast of Thailand two years ago. ...

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Children of Men (2006)

Children of Men (2006)

In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind. ...

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Inside Man (2006)

Inside Man (2006)

Bank robber Dalton Russell enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors and takes hostages, working methodically and without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. With an army of p ...

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Slow Burn (2005)

Slow Burn (2005)

A district attorney (Ray Liotta) is involved in a 24-hour showdown with a gang leader (LL Cool J) and is, at the same time, being manipulated by an attractive assistant district attorney (Jolene Blalock) and a cryptic stranger. ...

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Kinky Boots (2005)

Kinky Boots (2005)

Charles Price may have grown up with his father in the family shoe business, but he never thought that he would take his father's place. Yet, the untimely death of his father places him in that position, only to learn that Price & Sons Shoes is failing ...

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Serenity (2005)

Serenity (2005)

When the renegade crew of Serenity agrees to hide a fugitive on their ship, they find themselves in an action-packed battle between the relentless military might of a totalitarian regime who will destroy anything – or anyone – to get the girl back and ...

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Four Brothers (2005)

Four Brothers (2005)

Four adopted brothers return to their Detroit hometown when their mother is murdered and vow to exact revenge on the killers. ...

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Melinda and Melinda (2004)

Melinda and Melinda (2004)

While dining out with friends, Sy suggests the difficulty of separating comedy from tragedy. To illustrate his point, he tells his guests two parallel stories about Melinda ; both versions have the same basic elements, but one take on her state of affairs ...

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She Hate Me (2004)

She Hate Me (2004)

Fired from his job, a former executive turns to impregnating wealthy lesbians for profit. ...

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Red Dust (2004)

Red Dust (2004)

Sarah Barcant, a lawyer in New York City who grew up in South Africa, returns to her childhood dwelling place to intercede for Alex Mpondo, a Black South African politician who was tortured during apartheid. ...

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3 Blind Mice (2003)

3 Blind Mice (2003)

Thomas is a talented computer programmer living in a vibrant, urban metropolis. Lonely and unsure about life, he finds solitude in the world of internet chat rooms, webcam sites and virtual communication. One evening, Thomas witnesses the brutal murder of ...

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Love Actually (2003)

Love Actually (2003)

Follows seemingly unrelated people as their lives begin to intertwine while they fall in – and out – of love. Affections languish and develop as Christmas draws near. ...

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Twelfth Night, or What You Will (2003)

Twelfth Night, or What You Will (2003)

Multicultural version of the Shakespearean tale Twelth Night, Made in modern day society featuring Anglo-Indian cast. ...

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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

An urban hotel in London is a gathering and flash point for legal and illegal immigrants attempting to cobble together their lives in a new country. The immigrants include Senay, a Turkish woman, and a Nigerian doctor named Okwe who is working as a night p ...

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It Was an Accident (2000)

It Was an Accident (2000)

An ex-con gets caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. ...

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G:MT Greenwich Mean Time (1999)

G:MT Greenwich Mean Time (1999)

Six London school-leavers attempt to make it in the world, balancing the challenge of trying to make a name for themselves in the music industry against the pressures and tragedies of everyday life. ...

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Amistad (1997)

Amistad (1997)

In 1839, the slave ship Amistad set sail from Cuba to America. During the long trip, Cinque leads the slaves in an unprecedented uprising. They are then held prisoner in Connecticut, and their release becomes the subject of heated debate. Freed slave Theod ...

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Deadly Voyage (1996)

Deadly Voyage (1996)

When stowaways are found on board a Russian cargo ship, some of the officers and crew decide to dispose of them at sea. The last time they had a stowaway on board, the ship was fined heavily and black marks entered into their records, when he made it off t ...

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Movies Made By Chiwetel Ejiofor (2)

Columbite Tantalite (2013)

Columbite Tantalite (2013)

Short film about resource exploitation in Congo and video games in England. ...

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Slapper (2008)

Slapper (2008)

A young boy watches a fight in a crowded bar: a masked man versus the people’s champ. But rather than boxing, this is an adult, brutal version of ‘Slaps’ – slaps that can break a man’s hand. Three years ago, James’ alcoholic father Michael left ...

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