Chiwetel EJIOFOR

* 10.07.1977, Forest Gate / London, England, GB

Schauspieler * Sohn nigerianischer Emigranten * (während seiner Schulzeit) tritt in diversen Schulaufführungen auf * sammelt weitere Bühnenerfahrungen am / mit National Youth Theatre * beginnt ein Studium an der London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (nach dem ersten Jahr abgebrochen) * 1995 spielt seine erste große Bühnenrolle (als Titelheld) in Othello am Bloomsbury Theatre - in folgenden Jahren setzt seine Theaterkarriere in bekannten Stücken fort (Malcolm in Macbeth, 1997; Romeo in Romeo and Juliet & junger Peer in Peer Gynt, beide am Royal National Theatre, 2000; Trigorin in The Seagull, am Royal Court Theatre, 2007; prämierter Titelpart /Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor/ in Othello, 2007; Titelrolle in Everyman, Royal National Theatre, 2015) * 1996 bekommt erste Filmrolle in der Fernsehproduktion Deadly Voyage * 1997 Kinodebüt in Steven Spielbergs Amistad * 2002 feiert seinen ersten größeren Erfolg (British Independent Film Award | "break-out appearance") in Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things * Mitte der 00er Jahre findet auch seinen Platz im amerikanischen Film (bad guy in Four Brothers; an der Seite von Denzel Washington in Inside Man und American Gangster) * 2012 spielt den bekanntesten Part seiner bisherigen Karriere (12 Years a Slave | "Chiwetel Ejiofor was always going to be Solomon Northup for me. I was looking for someone that had that genteelness, that kind of humanity. /.../ He was the only person." Regisseur Steve McQueen) * 2017 inszeniert den Spielfilm The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind * wirkt auch in Fernsehproduktionen mit (Tsunami: The Aftermath, 2006; The Shadow Line, 2011; Dancing on the Edge, 2013) * engagiert sich karitativ in Nigeria * (seit 2015) Commander of the Order of the British Empire | Bild: promotional photo aus Love Actually (2002)

FILMS

Amistad (1997-USA * Steven Spielberg ... Ensign [Fähnrich] Covey) (02-04; 9712)

G:MT Greenwich Mean Time (G:MT - Greenwich Mean Time, 1998-GB; R: John Strickland, B: Simon Mirren, K: Alan Almond, M: Guy Sigsworth, D: Alec Newman, Chiwetel Ejiofor: Rix, Steve John Shepherd, Benjamin Waters, Joe Duttine, Hinda Hicks & Alun Armstrong) 118m-Drama (9910)

It Was an Accident (1999/00-GB; R: Metin Hüseyin, B: Ol Parker, K: Guy Dufaux, M: Courtney Pine, D: Chiwetel Ejiofor: Nicky Burkett, Max Beesley, James Bolam, Nicola Stapleton, Neil Dudgeon & Hugh Quarshie & Thandie Newton) 101m-Tragikomödie (Roman von Jeremy Cameron) (11-8 Wochen; 0010)

Dirty Pretty Things (2001/02-GB * Stephen Frears ... Okwe) (11-01?02; 0212)

Une souris verte / 3 Blind Mice (Three Blind Mice - Mord im Netz, 2002-F/GB; R: Mathias Ledoux, B: Mikaël Ollivier, K: Stéphane Le Parc, M: Eric Neveux, D: Edward Furlong * Emilia Fox, Chiwetel Ejiofor: Mark Hayward, Elsa Zylberstein) 93m-Thriller (Roman Trois souris aveugles von Mikaël Ollivier, 2002) (03-?; 0310)

Love Actually (2002-GB * Richard Curtis ... Peter) (09-11; 0311)

Slow Burn (2003-USA * Wayne Beach ... Ty Trippin) (07-09; 0704)

Melinda and Melinda (Melinda und Melinda, 2003-USA; R+B: Woody Allen, K: Vilmos Zsigmond, D: Chiwetel Ejiofor: Ellis Moonsong * Will Ferrell * Jonny Lee Miller * Radha Mitchell * Amanda Peet * Chloe Sevigny * Wallace Shawn) 100m-Tragikomödie (09-?; 0503)

She Hate Me (2003-USA; R: Spike Lee, B: Michael Genet, Spike Lee, K: Matthew Libatique, M: Terence Blanchard, D: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Ellen Barkin, Monica Bellucci, Jim Brown, Jamel Debbouze, Brian Dennehy, Woody Harrelson, Ling Bai, Q-Tip, Dania Ramirez, John Turturro / Chiwetel Ejiofor: Frank Wills) 138m-Tragikomödie (10-?; 0407)

Red Dust (Red Dust - Die Wahrheit führt in die Freiheit, 2003/04-ZA/GB; R: Tom Hooper, B: Troy Kennedy-Martin, K: Larry Smith, M: Rob Lane, D: Hilary Swank * Chiwetel Ejiofor: Alex Mpondo) 110m-Politdrama (Roman von Gillian Slovo, 2000) (12-?; 0505)

Serenity (Serenity - Flucht in neue Welten, 2004-USA; R+B: Joss Whedon, K: Jack N. Green, M: David Newman, D: Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau & Chiwetel Ejiofor: The Operative) 119m-Sci-Fi-Action (TV-Serie Firefly von Joss Whedon, 2002-03) (06-09; 0509)

Kinky Boots (Kinky Boots - Man(n) trägt Stiefel, 2004/05-GB; R: Julian Jarrold, B: Geoff Deane, Tim Firth, K: Eigil Bryld, M: Adrian Johnston, D: Joel Edgerton * Chiwetel Ejiofor: Lola, Sarah-Jane Potts, Jemima Rooper, Linda Bassett, Nick Frost, Robert Pugh) 106m-Tragikomödie (11-11 Wochen; 0510)

Four Brothers (Vier Brüder, 2005-USA; R: John Singleton, B: David Elliott, Paul Lovett, K: Peter Menzies, Jr., M: David Arnold, D: Mark Wahlberg * Tyrese Gibson * André Benjamin * Garrett Hedlund, Terrence Howard, Josh Charles & Chiwetel Ejiofor: Victor Sweet) 109m-Actiondrama (01-03; 0508)

Inside Man (2005-USA * Spike Lee ... Detective Bill Mitchell) (06-08; 0603)

Children of Men (2005/06-USA/GB * Alfonso Cuarón ... Luke) (Roman von P.D. James) (11-01; 0609)

Talk to Me (Talk to Me, 2006-USA; R: Kasi Lemmons, B: Michael Genet, Rick Famuyiwa, K: Stéphane Fontaine, M: Terence Blanchard, D: Don Cheadle * Chiwetel Ejiofor: Dewey Hughes, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Mike Epps & Martin Sheen) 118m-Biopicdrama (06-07; 0707)

American Gangster (2006-USA * Ridley Scott ... Huey Lucas) (Artikel von Mark Jacobson) (07-11; 0711)

Redbelt (Redbelt, 2007-USA; R+B: David Mamet, K: Robert Elswit, M: Stephen Endelman, D: Chiwetel Ejiofor: Mike Terry ° Tim Allen ° Alice Braga ° Randy Couture ° Ricky Jay ° Joe Mantegna ° Emily Mortimer ° David Paymer ° Rebecca Pidgeon ° Rodrigo Santoro) 99m-Sportdrama (06-?; 0805)

Endgame (Endgame * Die Mandela-Verschwörung, 2008-GB; R: Pete Travis, B: Paula Milne, K: David Odd, M: Martin Phipps & Ruth Barrett, D: William Hurt * Chiwetel Ejiofor: Thabo Mbeki, Jonny Lee Miller, Mark Strong, Derek Jacobi) 109m-Politdrama (Buch The Fall of Apartheid von Robert Harvey, 2002) (04-08; 0911-USA) > TVM

2012 (2008-USA * Roland Emmerich ... Adrian Helmsley) (08-10?01; 0911)

Salt (2009-USA * Phillip Noyce ... Peabody) (03-06/+12; 1007)

Savannah (Savannah, 2011-USA; R: Annette Haywood-Carter, B: Kenneth F. Carter, Jr., Annette Haywood-Carter, K: Michael J. Ozier, M: Gil Talmi, D: Jim Caviezel * Chiwetel Ejiofor: Christmas Moultrie, Jaimie Alexander, Bradley Whitford, Sam Shepard, Tracey Walter & Jack McBrayer & Hal Holbrook) 110m-Historiendrama (Booklet / Broschüre [18 S.] Ward Allen: Savannah River Market Hunter von John Eugene Cay, Jr., 1958) (02-03; 1308 > limited release)

Half of a Yellow Sun (2012-GB/WAN; R+B: Biyi Bandele, K: John de Borman, M: Ben Onono & Paul Thomson, D: Thandie Newton * Chiwetel Ejiofor: Odenigbo * Anika Noni Rose) 112m-Drama (Roman von Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2006) (05-06; 1404)

12 Years a Slave (12 Years a Slave, 2012-USA; R: Steve McQueen, B: John Ridley, K: Sean Bobbitt, M: Hans Zimmer, D: Chiwetel Ejiofor: Solomon Northup, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard) 134m-Historiendrama (Buch von Solomon Northup, 1853) (06-08; 1310)

Z for Zachariah (Z for Zachariah - Das letzte Kapitel der Menschheit, 2014-IS/USA; R: Craig Zobel, B: Nissar Modi, K: Tim Orr, M: Heather McIntosh, D: Chiwetel Ejiofor: John Loomis * Margot Robbie * Chris Pine) 98m-Sci-Fi-Drama (Roman von Robert C. O'Brien, 1974 < postum) (01-02/+03; 1508)

Triple 9 (Triple 9 * Code 999, 2014-USA; R: John Hillcoat, B: Matt Cook, K: Nicolas Karakatsanis, M: Atticus Ross, Claudia Sarne, Leopold Ross, Bobby Krlic, D: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor: Michael Atwood, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Clifton Collins, Jr., Norman Reedus, Teresa Palmer, Michael K. Williams, Gal Gadot & Woody Harrelson & Kate Winslet) 115m-Thriller (06-08; 1602)

The Martian (Der Marsianer - Rettet Mark Watney, 2014/15-USA; R: Ridley Scott, B: Drew Goddard, K: Dariusz Wolski, M: Harry Gregson-Williams, D: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie & Chiwetel Ejiofor: Vincent Kapoor) 144m-Sci-Fi-Drama (Roman von Andy Weir, 2011 | 2014) (11-03; 1510)

Secret in Their Eyes (Vor ihren Augen, 2015-USA; R+B: Billy Ray, K: Danny Moder, M: Emilio Kauderer, D: Chiwetel Ejiofor: Ray Kasten * Nicole Kidman & Julia Roberts) 111m-Psychothriller (Film El secreto de sus ojos /2008/ von Juan José Campanella) (01-?; 1511)

Doctor Strange (Doctor Strange, 2015/16-USA; R: Scott Derrickson, B: Jon Spaihts, Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill, K: Ben Davis, M: Michael Giacchino, D: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor: Karl Mordo, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins & Mads Mikkelsen & Tilda Swinton) 115m-Fantasyabenteuer (Marvel Comicbücher) (11-04; 1610)

Mary Magdalene (Maria Magdalena, 2016-GB/AUS; R: Garth Davis, B: Helen Edmundson, Philippa Goslett, K: Greig Fraser, M: Hildur Guðnadóttir & Jóhann Jóhannsson, D: Rooney Mara * Joaquin Phoenix * Chiwetel Ejiofor: Petrus * Tahar Rahim) 120m-Bibelfilm (10-12; 1803)

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Der Junge, der den Wind einfing, 2017-GB; R+B: Chiwetel Ejiofor, K: Dick Pope, M: Antonio Pinto, D: Maxwell Simba, Chiwetel Ejiofor: Trywell Kamkwamba, Aïssa Maïga, Lily Banda, Lemogang Tsipa, Philbert Falakeza & Joseph Marcell & Noma Dumezweni) 114m-Drama (Buch von William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer, 2009) (10-?; 1902)

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Maleficent: Mächte der Finsternis, 2018-USA; R: Joachim Rønning, B: Linda Woolverton, Noah Harpster, Micah Fitzerman-Blue, K: Henry Braham, M: Geoff Zanelli, D: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Chiwetel Ejiofor: Conall, Sam Riley, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville & Michelle Pfeiffer) 119m-Abenteuer (05-08; 1910)

AWARDS

British Independent Film Award (bester Darsteller) Dirty Pretty Things (2003)

Independent Spirit Award (bester Nebendarsteller) für Talk to Me [Film Independent Spirit Awards 2008]

Boston Society of Film Critics Award (bester Darsteller) für 12 Years a Slave (2013)

BAFTA Film Award (bester Hauptdarsteller) für 12 Years a Slave (2014)

AACTA International Award (bester Hauptdarsteller) für 12 Years a Slave (2014)

ALFS Award (Darsteller des Jahres) für 12 Years a Slave [London Critics Circle Film Awards 2014]

Richard Harris Award [British Independent Film Awards 2015]

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