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Born in the Forest Gate section of London to Nigerian parents, CHIWETEL EJIOFOR 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, where he had many critics' pick for Best Actor. He has also done 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 just won the Golden Nymph Award in Monte Carlo for his performance in Tsunami: The Aftermath. Chiwetel has also recently finished on a critically acclaimed run on Othello at the Donmar Warehouse in London.

Ejiofor was recently seen in Universal's Children of Men, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, opposite Clive Owen and Julianne Moore, as well as in the Focus Feature Film Talk to Me opposite Don Cheadle. In Talk to Me 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 completed 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. In addition, he recently completed Ridley Scott's American Gangster, opposite Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington.

In 2008, Ejiofor will be seen in the Sony feature Redbelt, directed by David Mamet. This story is about Mike Terry, a Jiu-jitsu master who has avoided the prize fighting circuit, choosing to instead pursue a life of honor and education by operating a self-defense studio in Los Angeles. Terry's life is dramatically changed however 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 was voted Outstanding Newcomer at the London Evening Standard 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. He was also awarded the Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer at the 2000 London Critics Circle Theatre Awards (Drama) for the performance. In 2001, he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "Blue/Orange” at the Royal National Theatre. In 2003, he was nominated for Best Actor by The Washington Area Film Critics Association and won a British Independent Film Award, San Diego Film Critics Society Award, and The Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Performance by an Actor for Dirty Pretty Things.

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