Chiwetelu Umeadi "Chiwetel" Ejiofor note CBE (born 10 July 1977), is a British actor who first started his acting career in theater.
Notable roles include:
- Amistad (1997) as Ens. James Covey. His first film role.
- Dirty Pretty Things (2002) as Okwe
- Love Actually (2003) as Peter
- Kinky Boots (2005) as Lola
- Serenity (2005) as The Operative
- Children of Men (2006) as Luke
- American Gangster (2007) as Huey Lucas
- Endgame (2009) as Thabo Mbeki
- 2012 (2009) as Dr. Adrian Helmsley
- Salt (2010) as Peabody
- 12 Years a Slave (2013) as Solomon Northrup. A Star-Making Role, for which he earned his first Oscar nomination.
- The Martian (2015) as Vincent Kapoor
- Doctor Strange (2016) as Baron Mordo
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021)
- Come Sunday (2018) as Carlton Pearson
- The Lion King (2019) as Scar (voice)
- Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) as TBA
Tropes associated with Chiwetel Ejiofor:
- Badass Baritone
- Classically Trained Extra : Has a ton of theatre work under his hat and is a rather renowned actor on the stage. Tends to spend a lot of time in mainstream movies in the background, though he's garnering increased visibility thanks to 12 Years a Slave and Doctor Strange (2016).
- Male Frontal Nudity: One of his earliest roles (Greenwich Mean Time) involved a bit of this.
- The Smart Guy/The Stoic: Frequently cast in these roles.
- The Unpronouncable: His name is hard to pronounce and hard to spell. He's used to it but don't call him "Chewey".
- What Could Have Been:
- He was reportedly approached for the role of the Eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who before the casting of Matt Smith. He would have been the first non-white male actor to portray the Doctor had he been cast.
- He was considered for the titular role in a Black Panther film directed by John Singleton before the project was ultimately scrapped. He would later go on to portray Karl Mordo in Doctor Strange (2016) set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.