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Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Keynote Speaker: British Actor Known for "12 Years a Slave"

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Chiwetel Ejiofor Biography

Ejiofor was born in London's Forest Gate, to Nigerian parents who belonged to the Igbo ethnic group. His father, Arinze, was a doctor, and his mother, Obiajulu, was a pharmacist. In 1988, when Ejiofor was 11, tragedy occurred during a family trip to Nigeria for a wedding. After the celebrations, Ejiofor and his father were driving to Lagos, when their car was involved in a head-on crash with a lorry. His father was killed, but Ejiofor survived despite being badly injured, receiving the scars on his forehead.

After enrolling at the National Youth Theatre in 1995 and attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, at age 19 and three months into his course, Ejiofor was cast by Steven Spielberg to play a supporting role in the film Amistad (1997) as James Covey.

Ejiofor portrayed the characters Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things (2002), Lola in Kinky Boots (2005), Victor Sweet in Four Brothers (2005), The Operative in Serenity (2005), Adrian Helmsley in 2012 (2009), Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013), Vincent Kapoor in The Martian (2015), Karl Mordo in Doctor Strange (2016) and Trywell Kamkwamba in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019). He voiced Dr. Watson in Sherlock Gnomes (2018) and Scar in the 2019 remake of The Lion King and featured in the fantasy film Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. For 12 Years a Slave, he received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. He was nominated for a 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his performance on Dancing on the Edge.

Ejiofor has received numerous awards and nominations for acting, including the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award in 2006, two Golden Globe Award nominations, and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in Othello in 2008. In 2008, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. He was elevated to Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 Birthday Honours.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor Videos

LOCKED DOWN Trailer (2021)
Chiwetel Ejiofor on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Chiwetel Ejiofor reacts to The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

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Chiwetel Ejiofor is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Black Heritage, Entertainers, Diversity, Literary, Celebrity, Television & Film, Performing Arts and Entertainment.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Black Heritage, Entertainers and Diversity. Please contact us for live or virtual event fee details. Chiwetel Ejiofor generally travels from UK and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Alfre Woodard, John Ridley and Benedict Cumberbatch. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Chiwetel Ejiofor for an upcoming event.

Chiwetel Ejiofor Videos

LOCKED DOWN Trailer (2021)
Chiwetel Ejiofor on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Chiwetel Ejiofor reacts to The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind
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