Carmen was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for her role as Coretta Scott King in Boycott (2001)
Her professional debut was in a music video when she was eight years old. She then acted on-stage in England and Scotland, and made her film acting debut in Absolute Beginners (1986) when she was twelve.
Carmen has also worked as a singer, TV host, and veejay.
In her U.S. television debut, played the title character, Thomas Jefferson's slave mistress, in the mini-series Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000), opposite Sam Neill.
She met her husband, Jeffrey, on the set of Boycott (2001). She played Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was played by Jeffrey.
Carmen is married to actor Jeffrey Wright. The two were married in 2000 and have one child together.
Carmen's father is Nigerian, and her mother is Scottish.
Carmen's father, Charles, was a Nigerian entrepreneur. He has passed away. Her mother, Elizabeth, is a Scottish tour guide. Her brother, Charles Jr., is a law student.
Carmen Ejogo: (on playing Sally Hemings in "Sally Hemings: An American Scandal") From an actor's point of view, it's a dream role. I play Sally from 15 through 53 or 54. It is just an enormous time span to tackle. The development of her personality and the challenges she has to face are just tremendous as well.
Carmen Ejogo: (on being biracial) There are still issues. You're not quite black enough to some people and not quite white enough to others.