Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Highest Rated: 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013)

Lowest Rated: 11% Slow Burn (2007)

Birthday: Jul 10, 1974

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Infinite Actor 2021
72% The Old Guard Actor 2020
91% The Elephant Queen Actor 2019
40% Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Conall 2019
53% The Lion King Scar 2019
45% Mary Magdalene Peter 2019
87% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Actor Screenwriter Director 2019
27% Sherlock Gnomes Watson 2018
68% Come Sunday Carlton Pearson 2018
89% Doctor Strange Baron Mordo $232.7M 2016
53% Triple 9 Michael Atwood 2016
No Score Yet Marching Powder Thomas McFadden 2016
39% Secret in Their Eyes Ray 2015
91% The Martian Venkat Kapoor $202.4M 2015
79% Z For Zachariah Loomis $0.2M 2015
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Everyman Actor 2015
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Everyman Encore Actor 2015
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 2013
62% Salt Peabody $118.4M 2010
No Score Yet Salt (Unrated) Actor 2010
39% 2012 Adrian Helmsley $166.2M 2009
71% Endgame Thabo Mbeki 2009
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 2007
92% Children of Men Luke $35.2M 2006
No Score Yet Tsunami, The Aftermath Ian Carter 2006
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 2004
64% Love Actually Peter $59.4M 2003
No Score Yet Twelfth Night Actor 2003
94% Dirty Pretty Things Okwe $8M 2003
No Score Yet 3 Blind Mice Actor 2003
No Score Yet Three Blind Mice Mark Hayward 2003
No Score Yet Mind Games Actor 2001
No Score Yet It Was an Accident Actor 2000
No Score Yet G:MT Greenwich Mean Time Rix 1999
77% Amistad Covey 1997
No Score Yet This is My Africa Actor 1988

TV

Credit
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015-2019
Guest 2019
2018
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2019
Guest 2019
2016
2015
61% Dancing on the Edge
2013
Louis Lester 2016
2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest 2015
2014
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest 2013
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest 2013
2012
57% The Shadow Line
2011
Jonah Gabriel 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
President Thabo Mbeki 2009
No Score Yet Earth from Space
2019

QUOTES FROM Chiwetel Ejiofor CHARACTERS

Adrian Helmsley says: Yes sir. Who are you bringing?

Carl Anheuser says: Nobody! Who, my ex wife? Last thing she said to me, never want to see you again. So be it.

Baron Mordo says: Stephen Strange. Might I offer you some advice? Forget everything that you think you know.

Ray says: Yeah, fuckhead. I took your comic book.

Loomis says: This man could be anything.

Adrian Helmsley says: There's a young astrophysicist from India who's the reason we're all here. He's the one who discovered it all. He connected all the dots. We all owe him our lives. I just learned that he was killed with his family in a tsunami in Eastern India. He was my friend. And he died in vain. Everybody out there has died in vain if we start our future with an act of cruelty. What will you tell your children? What will they tell theirs.

Laura Wilson says: If my father were here, he would open the gates.

President Sergey Makarenko says: The people of Russia along with China, and Japan agree. Open the gates.

German Chancellor says: The United Kingdom, Spain, France, Canada, Germany and I believe I may also speak for the Italian Prime Minister we vote to let these people come in.

Solomon Northup says: I am Solomon Northup. I am a free man; a resident of Saratoga, New York. The residence also of my wife and children who are equally free. I have papers. You have no right whatsoever to detain me...

Solomon Northup says: I will not fall into despair! I will keep myself hardy until freedom is opportune!

Solomon Northrup says: I don't want to survive. I want to live.

Ford says: I believe Tibeats is skulkin' about the premises somewhere. He wants you dead, and he will attempt to have you so. It's no longer safe for you here. And I don't believe you will remain passive if Tibeats attacks. I have transferred my debt to Edwin Epps. He will take charge of you.

Solomon Northrup says: Master Ford, you must know; I am not a slave.

Ford says: I cannot hear that.

Solomon Northrup says: Before I came to you I was a free man.

Ford says: I am trying to save your life! And... I have a debt to be mindful of. That, now, is to Edwin Epps. He is a hard man. Prides himself on being a "nigger breaker." But truthfully I could find no others who would have you. You've made a reputation of yourself. Whatever your circumstances, you are an exceptional nigger, Platt. I fear no good will come of it.

Lola says: Perhaps what women secretly desire is a man who is fundamentally a woman.

Solomon Northrup says: [Upon meeting his family again after 12 years] I apologize for my appearance. But I have had a difficult time these past several years.

Solomon Northrup says: I apologize for my appearance, but I have had a difficult time these past several years.

Solomon Northup says: I survive. I will not fall into despair. I will offer up my talents to Master Ford. I will keep myself hardy till freedom is opportune.

Eliza says: So you settle into your role as Platt then?

Solomon Northup says: My back is thick with scars for protesting my freedom.

Clemens says: Survival is not about certain death. It's about keeping your head down.

Solomon Northrup says: Days ago I was with my family, in my home. Now you're telling me all that's lost? Tell no one who I am, that's the way to survive? Well, I don't want to survive. I want to live.

Solomon Northup says: I don't want to survive. I want to live.

Solomon Northrup says: I'm a free man!

Scotty says: It's been upgraded to a 10.9 by the guys at Harvard.

Adrian Helmsley says: What does Caltech have to say?

Professor West says: The whole city of Pasadena was wiped out just a few minutes ago. This is coming in from Coachella Valley out near Joshua Tree. That wasn't there this morning. And 400 miles further north, Point Reyes, same thing.

Adrian Helmsley says: The San Andreas Fault is shifting.

Professor West says: Yes. And all major sister faults in the Bay Area. The whole Pacific plate is destabilizing.

Okwe says: We are the people you do not see. We are the ones who drive your cabs, we clean your rooms...

Okwe says: We are the people you do not see. We are the ones who drive your cabs, we clean your rooms.

Det. Bill Mitchell says: Let me see your shoe

Det. Bill Mitchell says: Let me see your shoe.

Detective Keith Frazier says: Why?

Det. Bill Mitchell says: 'cause I have never seen anybody put their foot that far up ......

Det. Bill Mitchell says: 'cause I have never seen anybody put their foot that far up...

Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds says: Shot me in the back. I haven't.. made you angry, have I?

River Tam says: There's a lot of innocent people in the air being killed right now.

Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds says: You have no idea how true that is. I know the secret now. The truth that burned up River Tam's brain and set you after her. And the rest of the 'verse is gonna know it too. 'Cause they need to

Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds says: You have no idea how true that is. I know the secret now. The truth that burned up River Tam's brain and set you after her. And the rest of the 'verse is gonna know it too. 'Cause they need to.

The Operative says: You really believe that?

Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds says: I do.

The Operative says: You willing to die for that belief?

Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds says: I am... .course that ain't excactly plan A!

The Operative says: That girl will reign destruction down on your ship, she is a albatross Captain.

Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds says: Way I hear albatross was a ships good luck till some idiot killed it. Yes I've read a poem try not to faint

Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds says: Way I hear albatross was a ships good luck till some idiot killed it. Yes I've read a poem try not to faint.

Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds says: I never credited the Alliance with a over abundance of brains and if you're the best they got-

The Operative says: Captain Reynolds I should tell you so that you don't waste your time you can't make me angry

The Operative says: Captain Reynolds I should tell you so that you don't waste your time you can't make me angry.

Inara says: Please spend a hour with him!

Ellis says: We're going to this little bistro in downtown west. It's very quiet, very dark, very french.

Laurel says: I haven't been to a dark bistro since college.

Ellis says: Well come on, you're going to love it. I've fallen in love there a bunch of times.

Mike Terry says: there is no use opposing a force, you might as well run with it or deflect it

Mike Terry says: There is no use opposing a force, you might as well run with it or deflect it.

The Operative says: It's worse than you think.

Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds says: It usually is.

The Operative says: Do you know what your sin is?

Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds says: Aw, hell. I'm a fan of all seven. But right now, I'm gonna have to go with wrath.

Okwe says: I am not here to meet anyone in particular, but I am here to rescue those let down by the system.

Professor West says: The Mayans saw this coming thousands of years ago.

Adrian Helmsley says: I thought we had more time.

Adrian Helmsley says: The moment we stop fighting for each other, that's the moment we lose our humanity.

Victor Sweet says: You don't pay a hoe to fuck ya, you pay her to leave.

Victor Sweet says: You don't pay a ho to fuck you. You pay her to leave.

Peabody says: How many are there like you?

Peabody says: How many more like you are there?

Evelyn Salt says: Like me? None. Like him? More than you or I can handle alone.

Evelyn Salt says: Like me? None. Like him? Like him, more than you or I can handle alone.

Adrian Helmsley says: The moment we stop fighting for each other, that's the moment we lose our humanity.

Lola says: Look to the heel, young man. The sex is in the heel.