13 Epic Facts About Chiwetel Ejiofor

1. Ejiofor is known for his portrayal of Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things .

2. He played Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave , for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor.

3. He was nominated for a 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance in Dancing on the Edge.

4. Ejiofor has received numerous awards and nominations for acting, including the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award in 2006, five Golden Globe Award nominations, and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in Othello in 2008.

5. In 2008, he was awarded an Officer of the OBE by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts.

6. In 1988, when Ejiofor was 11, during a family trip to Nigeria for a wedding, he and his father were driving to Lagos after the celebrations when their car was involved in a head-on crash with a lorry.

7. He was badly injured, and received scars that are still visible on his forehead. Ejiofor began acting in school plays at the age of fourteen at Dulwich College and joined the National Youth Theatre.

8. He played the title role in Othello at the Bloomsbury Theatre in September 1995, and again at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow in 1996, when he starred opposite Rachael Stirling as Desdemona.

9. Ejiofor made his film debut in the television film Deadly Voyage in 1996. He went on to become a stage actor in London.

10. In 1999, he appeared in the British film G:MT – Greenwich Mean Time.

11. In 2000, he starred in Blue/Orange at the Royal National Theatre , and later at the Duchess Theatre.

12. For his performance in Blue/Orange, Ejiofor received the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer in 2000 and a nomination for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2001.

13. He played Mike Terry, in the cult film Redbelt that received favourable reviews.

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