Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Chiwetel Ejiofor, OBE is an award-winning and two-time Golden Globe Award-nominated actor. He was born in London's Forest Gate to Nigerian parents Arinze, a doctor, and his mother, Obiajulu, a pharmacist
He began acting in school plays at the age of thirteen at Dulwich College and joined the National Youth Theatre where he played the title role in Othello at the Bloomsbury Theatre in 1995, and again at the Arts Theatre in 1996.
He made his film debut in the television movie Deadly Voyage in 1996. His first leading film role in the 2002's Dirty Pretty Things, for which he won a British Independent Film Award for best actor.
In 2006 and 2007 he starred alongside Denzel Washington in Inside Man and American Gangster respectively
In 2007, he reprised his role as Othello at the Donmar Warehouse, alongside Kelly Reilly as Desdemona, and Ewan McGregor as Iago. The production received favorable reviews, with particularly strong praise for Ejiofor. He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance.
He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours
Inside Man (Widescreen Edition)
American Gangster (2-Disc Unrated Extended Edition)