Chiwetel Ejiofor, a British actor, was born on 10 July 1974 in London's Forest Gate. He started acting in plays from the age of thirteen. He was graduated from Dulwich College and he also attended the National Youth Theatre, where he honed his acting skills.
In September 1995, at Bloomsbury Theatre, Chiwetel Ejiofor performed the lead role in the play, Othello, and the following year, played the same character opposite the English actress, Rachael Stirling at Arts Theatre. In 1996, he acted in the television movie, Deadly Voyage. In 1999, he featured in G:MT, which is a British drama film.
Chiwetel Ejiofor is prominently known for his on stage performances. In 2000, he acted in the play Blue/Orange at the Royal National and Duchess Theatre. For his brilliant performance in Blue/Orange, he won the London Evening Standard Theatre Award (2000) for Outstanding Newcomer and was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor at the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award (2001). For his exceptional performance as Romeo in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (2000), he was nominated for the ‘Ian Charleson Award’. At the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards (2000), Chiwetel Ejiofor won the Jack Tinker Award under the ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ category.
In 2002, his role in the film, Dirty Pretty Things, fetched him the British Independent Film Award under the Best Actor category. Chiwetel Ejiofor acted in The Knight's Tale (2003) directed by Geoffrey Chaucer and has portrayed the character of the politician, Alex Mpondo in the film, Red Dust (2004). In the radio play, I was a stranger, by Peter Spafford, Chiwetel Ejiofor performed the key role as Prince Alamayou. This play was aired on BBC Radio 4 on 17 May 2004. He played challenging roles in films like Serenity (2005) and Children of Men (2006).
Chiwetel Ejiofor was nominated for the Golden Globe and British Independent Film Awards for his outstanding role in the British comedy film, Kinky Boots. For his impressive performances, he won a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award (2006). His acting in the television miniseries, Tsunami: The Aftermath also earned him a nomination for the Best Actor award in a miniseries or TV film at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards.
Chiwetel Ejiofor paired with the American actor, Don Cheadle in the film, Talk to Me in 2007. From 18 January 2007 he acted in the play, The Seagull at the Royal Court Theatre till 17 March 2007. He has also starred in the movies: Toussaint, American Gangster, Tonight at Noon and Redbelt. Chiwetel Ejiofor is the most probable candidate to act as T'Challa in the forthcoming Black Panther comic movie.
His performance in the title role in the play, Othello at Donmar Warehouse in 2007 won him the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor. In 2008, Chiwetel Ejiofor was appointed as the Officer of OBE.