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Chiwetel Ejiofor

Highest Rated:   95% 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Lowest Rated:   11% Slow Burn (2007)
Birthplace:   Forest Gate, London, England
Some say that the eyes are a window into one's soul, and few actors are gifted enough to make an audience truly believe the plight of the characters they portray; despite their best efforts, their eyes often betray their abilities and we still recognize the actor playing the character. With his honest eyes, sincere smile, and unmistakable onscreen presence, actor Chiwetel Ejiofor possesses the rare ability to internalize his characters to an unusually realistic degree -- an ability that has gained him increasing recognition in the arena of world cinema. Ejiofor was born to Nigerian parents in Forest Gate, East London; his father was a doctor and his mother a pharmacist. Though his calling may not have been readily apparent in his early childhood, by the time Ejiofor was 13, the aspiring young actor was taking to the stage in numerous school and National Youth Theater productions. His love of the stage growing with each passing year, by the time Ejiofor got to Dulwich College, his calling was clear. Soon attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, he gained a reputation as a formidable stage talent, and following appearances in high-profile productions at the Almeida Theater Company and the Royal National Theater, Ejiofor's talents found him drawn to the medium of television, where he would make his debut in the 1996 made-for-TV thriller Deadly Voyage. It wasn't long before Ejiofor's talent caught the eye of legendary film director Steven Spielberg, and the following year, the up-and-coming actor was back on the high seas for Spielberg's historical drama Amistad. Of course, a role in such a high-profile release was bound to attract the attention of other filmmakers as well, and though Ejiofor would remain true to his theater roots, he would balance his stage work with roles in such films as Greenwich Mean Time (1999), It Was an Accident, and Mind Games (both 2000). Cast opposite Amélie star Audrey Tautou in Stephen Frears' 2001 drama thriller Dirty Pretty Things, Ejiofor essayed the role of a Nigerian immigrant living in London who makes a horrible discovery that puts his life in grave danger. It was glaringly obvious to any who had seen his performances that Ejiofor was one to look out for, and his winning performance as a hedonistic lawyer in the 2003 British miniseries Trust only served to cement the fact that his career was on the fast track. Remaining on the small screen for Twelfth Night, or What you Will and The Canterbury Tales (both 2003), Ejiofor would subsequently return to the big screen for Love Actually (2003) and Slow Burn (2004), a pair of films that virtually ensured him a high recognition factor and a bright future on stage and screen. He continued to work steadily in a variety of character roles. He anchored the dramatic sections of Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda in 2004. He showed of his remarkable versatility in 2005 with roles in the urban thriller Four Brothers, the science fiction film Serenity, and starring as a flamboyant cross-dresser in the comedy Kinky Boots. In 2006 he worked with a pair of high-powered directors. He played the partner to Denzel Washington's hostage negotiator in the hit thriller Inside Man, and played a large part in Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men.In 2007 he played opposite Don Cheadle in the biopic Talk to Me, and he was the lead in David Mamet's 2008 drama Redbelt playing a martial-arts expert. The next year he appeared in the disaster epic 2012, and he was in the Angelina Jolie action film Salt in 2010. In 2013, Ejiofor had a huge breakthrough playing enslaved Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave, earning him his first Oscar nomination.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Infinite
  • Actor
81% The Old Guard
  • Actor
91% The Elephant Queen
  • Actor
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • Conall
53% The Lion King
  • Scar
45% Mary Magdalene
  • Peter
87% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
27% Sherlock Gnomes
  • Watson
68% Come Sunday
  • Carlton Pearson
89% Doctor Strange
  • Baron Mordo
$232.7M 2016
53% Triple 9
  • Michael Atwood
No Score Yet Marching Powder
  • Thomas McFadden
39% Secret in Their Eyes
  • Ray
91% The Martian
  • Venkat Kapoor
$202.4M 2015
79% Z For Zachariah
  • Loomis
$0.2M 2015
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Everyman
  • Actor
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Everyman Encore
  • Actor
51% Half of a Yellow Sun
  • Odenigbo
$54.1k 2014
95% 12 Years a Slave
  • Solomon Northup
$50.7M 2013
13% Savannah
  • Christmas Moultrie
$26.2k 2013
50% Phil Spector
  • Mock Prosecutor
62% Salt
  • Peabody
$118.4M 2010
No Score Yet Salt (Unrated)
  • Actor
39% 2012
  • Adrian Helmsley
$166.2M 2009
71% Endgame
  • Thabo Mbeki
68% Redbelt
  • Mike Terry
$2.3M 2008
80% American Gangster
  • Huey Lucas
$130.2M 2007
82% Talk to Me
  • Dewey Hughes
$4.5M 2007
11% Slow Burn
  • Trippin
$1.2M 2007
No Score Yet Tonight at Noon
  • Lee
92% Children of Men
  • Luke
$35.1M 2006
No Score Yet Tsunami, The Aftermath
  • Ian Carter
56% Kinky Boots
  • Lola
$1.7M 2006
86% Inside Man
  • Det. Bill Mitchell
$88.5M 2006
82% Serenity
  • The Operative
$25.4M 2005
52% Four Brothers
  • Victor Sweet
$74.5M 2005
52% Melinda and Melinda
  • Ellis
$3.8M 2005
19% She Hate Me
  • Frank Wills
$81.9k 2004
No Score Yet Red Dust
  • Alex Mpondo
64% Love Actually
  • Peter
$59.4M 2003
No Score Yet Twelfth Night
  • Actor
94% Dirty Pretty Things
  • Okwe
$8M 2003
No Score Yet 3 Blind Mice
  • Actor
No Score Yet Three Blind Mice
  • Mark Hayward
No Score Yet Mind Games
  • Actor
No Score Yet It Was an Accident
  • Actor
No Score Yet G:MT Greenwich Mean Time
  • Rix
77% Amistad
  • Covey
No Score Yet This is My Africa
  • Actor


No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
  • Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • Guest
  • 2019
  • 2016
  • 2015
61% Dancing on the Edge
  • Louis Lester
  • 2016
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • Actor
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
57% The Shadow Line
  • Jonah Gabriel
  • 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
  • President Thabo Mbeki
  • 2009
No Score Yet Earth from Space
  • Actor

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