“I like to disappear into a role. I equate the success of it with a feeling of being chemically changed. That's the only way I can express it.”
“I was the classic middle child in some ways, the one who could have been a priest in an alternate universe.”
“It's a strange thing, but you get this click in your brain; the wonderful feeling that the entirety of a character is suddenly available and accessible to you.”
Chiwetel Ejiofor (born Chiwetelu Umeadi Ejiofor in Forest Gate, London, England on July 10, 1977) is a British actor that attended National Youth Theatre and the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art. He starred in many films like Steven Speilberg’s Amistad, Othello and Dirty Pretty Things. However, he became a worldwide name in 2013 when he starred as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave. He landed a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for the role.
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Chiwetel Ejiofor is best known for his leading role in 12 Years a Slave.
Chiwetel Ejiofor was spotted with his girlfriend Sari Mercer at a press screening of 12 Years a Slave on Oct. 15.