Chiwetel Umeadi Ejiofor was born on 10 July 1977 in Forest Gate, London, England. His parents are Arinze and Obiajulu. Arinze, his father was a doctor while Obiajulu, his mother was a pharmacist. He also has a sister. He is the elder brother to Zain Asher, a CNN correspondent. When Chiwetel was 11, his father died in a car accident while he was badly injured. The scars he received in the accident can still be seen on his forehead. Chiwetel went to Dulwich College when he was fourteen. He joined the National Youth Theatre. He was an active member of the group. After leaving Dulwich College, he came in London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
He had to leave the academy in the first year since he was chosen for a role in Amistad, a movie by
. He got a role in 1996 with Deadly Voyage. After that, he was seen in Amistad. He did theatre role of Othello in 1995 and 1996 in the theatre play titled Othello. He did theatre with plays like Macbeth (1997) as Malcolm, Sparkleshark (1999) as Russell, Blue/Orange (2000) as Chris, Romeo and Juliet (2000) as Romeo Montague, Peer Gynt (2000) as Young Peer. His other plays include The Vortex, The Seagull, A Season in the Congo, Everyman, etc.
Chiwetel has done television series like Deadly Voyage (1996) as Ebow, Murder in Mind (2001) as DS McCorkindale, Twelfth Night (2003) as Orsino, Trust (2003) as Ashley Carter, The Canterbury Tales (2003) as Paul, etc. He has appeared in different television series. They include Tsunami:
, The Shadow Line, Partition The Day India Burned,
, and Dancing on the Edge. Ejiofor has appeared in a lot of major movies. His first movie was Amistad in which he played the role of Ens. James Covey released in the year 1997.
After that, he got a role in GMT- Greenwich Mean Time in 1999. He played the role of Rix in the movie. In 2002, he was cast as Okwe lander in Dirty Pretty Things. In Love Actually, he played the role of Peter which was released in the year 2003. He did movies like She Hate Me, Melinda and Melinda, Red Dust, Four Brothers, Slow Burn, Serenity, Kinky Boots, Children of Men, Inside Man, etc. He has been associated with a number of prominent movies and had been rewarded for many of his roles.
His role in 12 Years of Slave,
, Salt, 2012, Half of a Yellow Sun has been appreciated by the critic and the audience. He was seen with
in the movie,
released in November 2016. He played the role of Karl Mordo. Chiwetel Ejiofor has been awarded for many of his roles. He was nominated for the Best Actor for his role in 12 Years of Slave in the 2013 Academy Awards. For his role in 12 Years of Slave, he received BAFTA Award in 2014, AACTA International Award in 2014, etc. To sum up, Ejiofor has won 53 awards and has received 75 major nominations for different roles.