Chiwetel Ejiofor

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


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Actor 2019
56% The Lion King Scar 2019
45% Mary Magdalene Peter 2019
85% The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Actor Screenwriter Director 2019
27% Sherlock Gnomes Watson 2018
80% The Elephant Queen Actor 2018
67% 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
78% 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
14% Savannah Christmas Moultrie $26.2K 2013
50% Phil Spector Mock Prosecutor 2013
63% 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
12% 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
83% 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
63% 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


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