Three-time Golden Globe® nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor is a British actor who will soon be seen in Steve McQueen’s highly anticipated film 12 Years a Slave (October 2013 release date), where he stars as Solomon Northup alongside a stellar cast including Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti and Michael Fassbender. He recently completed filming Half of a Yellow Sun (based on the highly acclaimed novel of the same title and also starring Thandie Newton) and Savannah, a feature based on the true story set in the early 1900’s, of the white aristocrat Ward Allen (played by Jim Caviezel) who rejects his plantation heritage and lives a life outside the law with his friend (Christmas Moultrie) a freed slave. This summer in London, he will star in the stage production of The Young Vic’s “A Season in the Congo,” directed by Joe Wright.
Ejiofor’s film credits including Salt, alongside Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber; 2012 opposite John Cusack, Danny Glover and Thandie Newton; Endgame, for which he earned a Golden Globe® Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television; Stephen Spielberg’s critically acclaimed Amistad, starring alongside Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins; Stephen Frears’ thriller Dirty Pretty Things for which his performance as ‘Okwe’ won him the Best Actor Award at the British Independent Film Awards, the Evening Standard Film Awards, and the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards; starred in Ridley Scott’s American Gangster with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe; starred opposite Don Cheadle in Talk to Me and in David Mamet’s Redbelt; Kinky Boots; Four Brothers alongside Mark Wahlberg; Spike Lee’s heist film Inside Man alongside Clive Owen, Jodie Foster and Denzel Washington and the Academy Award® nominated Children of Men, alongside Clive Owen. He has co-starred in Richard Curtis’ Love Actually, Slow Burn and Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda. In addition to his acting career, Ejiofor directed the short film, Slapper, which was screened at the 2008 Edinburgh Film Festival.
Following his television debut in 1996 in “Deadly Voyage,” Ejiofor has been seen in numerous television productions including “Murder in Mind;” “Trust;” “Twelfth Night, or What you Will;” “The Canterbury Tales – The Knight’s Tale” and the hard-hitting emotional drama, “Tsunami: The Aftermath,” which earned him aGolden Globe Award® nomination and an NAACP Image award. He can be seen in BBC’s award-winning series “The Shadow Line.”
On stage, he performed the title role in Michael Grandage’s “Othello” at the Donmar Warehouse (alongside Kelly Reilly and Ewan McGregor), for which won the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor, as well as nominations for the South Bank Show Awards 2009 and the What’s On Stage Theatregoers’ Choice Awards. His other theater credits include Roger Michell’s “Blue/Orange” and the title role in Tim Supple’s “Romeo and Juliet.”