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Born in the Forest Gate section of London to Nigerian parents, CHIWETEL EJIOFOR (Huey Lucas) started acting in school plays at the age of 13. After earning a scholarship to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he made his feature-film debut in 1997 in Steven Spielberg's Amistad. Ejiofor would follow this performance with turns in Stephen Frears' critically acclaimed Dirty Pretty Things, which earned him many critics' picks for Best Actor, including nominations for Best Actor by The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association and a British Independent Film Award, San Diego Film Critics Society Award and the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Performance by an Actor in 2003. His other film credits include Love Actually; Spike Lee's She Hate Me and Inside Man; Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda; John Singleton's Four Brothers; and Joss Whedon's Serenity. In 2006, Ejiofor received a nomination for the 2006 BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award, which recognizes exceptional talent and outstanding performances in young actors. In 2007, Ejiofor received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Kinky Boots. He also received a second Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, and recently won the Golden Nymph Award in Monte Carlo for his performance in Tsunami: The Aftermath.

Ejiofor was recently seen in the Focus Features film Talk to Me, opposite Don Cheadle. Ejiofor plays Dewey Hughes, the lifelong producer of Washington, D.C. radio personality Ralph Greene (Cheadle), an ex-con who became a popular talk-show host and community activist in the 1960s. He also co-starred in Universal's Children of Men, directed by Alfonso CuarĂ³n, opposite Clive Owen and Julianne Moore.

Ejiofor is currently filming the Sony feature Redbelt, directed by David Mamet. This story is about Mike Terry, a jiujitsu master who has avoided the prizefighting circuit, choosing instead to pursue a life of honor and education by operating a self-defense studio in Los Angeles. Terry's life is dramatically changed when he is conned by a cabal of movie stars and promoters. In order to pay off his debts and regain his honor, Terry must step into the ring for the first time in his life. Ejiofor also completed filming on Tonight at Noon, in which he stars alongside Connie Nielsen and Lauren Ambrose, with appearances by Ethan Hawke and Nick Nolte. This independent film is written and directed by Michael Almereyda.

Ejiofor's talent also extends to the stage. He was voted Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2000 for his performance in Blue/Orange, a play about a mental patient who claims to be the son of an exiled African dictator. This performance also earned him The Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer at the 2000 London Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Royal National Theatre in 2001.


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