Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor

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Chiwetel Ejiofor was born and raised in Forest Gate, London, England. His father was a doctor, his mother a pharmacist, both of them Nigerian emigrants. When Chiwetel was 11 his father was killed in a car accident while visiting Nigeria. Chiwetel was in the car with his father…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • On June 19, 2007 Chiwetel was one of 115 people to be admitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which is the group whose members vote on Academy Award nomination ballots.

    • Chiwetel was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006, in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical, for his performance in the movie "Kinky Boots".

    • Chiwetel's nickname is Chewy.

    • Chiwetel plays The Operative in Joss Whedon's sci-fi adventure movie, Serenity.

  • Quotes

    • (on the painful preparations to play the role of drag queen Lola in "Kinky Boots")
      Chiwetel: When I first had my eyebrows waxed, I was pretty disturbed.

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