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Glimpse at the Details '12 Years a Slave' Star Chiwetel Ejiofor Once Shared about His Life

Afouda Fortune
Oct 22, 2020
12:30 P.M.

African American actor Chiwetel Ejiofor has won the hearts of fans around the world with his outstanding performances over the years. However, there are more exciting details about the "12 Years A Slave" star.

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Chiwetel Ejiofor is an actor who carved his name into the hearts of millions with his remarkable feat as Solomon Northup in the amazing emotional movie, "12 Years A Slave."

Although the 43-year-old keeps his private life away from the cameras, over the years, he has revealed some unique details about his life and career and what makes him stand out as a professional.

Chiwetel Ejiofor attends the "Yuli – The Carlos Acosta Story" screening reception at The Royal Opera House on April 03, 2019 in London, England. | Photo: Getty UImages

Chiwetel Ejiofor attends the "Yuli – The Carlos Acosta Story" screening reception at The Royal Opera House on April 03, 2019 in London, England. | Photo: Getty UImages

EARLY LIFE

Ejiofor was born in Forest Gate to Nigerian immigrants who sought refuge in London in the 1960s from the civil war in Nigeria.

At 11-years-old, while his family was on vacation in Lagos, Ejiofor was involved in a car crash that claimed the life of his father. The actor suffered severe damages to his head and wrists, which left him with visible scars.

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[Ejiofor] was nominated for Best Actor during the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony for his performance as Solomon Northup.

HIS ACTING CAREER

Ejiofor was warned while he was a member of the National Youth Theatre and in drama school that using his birth name as an actor would only provide opportunities for him to play African characters in the industry.

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However, the aspiring actor was not discouraged. He kept his name and went on to play various African roles in movies like "Dirty Pretty Things," "Red Dust," and "Endgame."

The actor valued movies with diversity and praised Netflix's "The Old Guard" for featuring various people and accurately representing their different backgrounds.

According to Ejiofor who starred in film alongside Charlize Theron, the movie was "an important marker" on the path the movie industry should move in.

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Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor at the New York premiere of Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill Vol. 1" at the Ziegfeld Theater October 7, 2003 in New York. | Photo: Getty Images

Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor at the New York premiere of Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill Vol. 1" at the Ziegfeld Theater October 7, 2003 in New York. | Photo: Getty Images

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

The "12 Years A Slave" star was nominated for Best Actor during the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony for his performance as Solomon Northup in the 2013 drama/history which was directed by Steve McQueen.

The exciting news was delivered by his sister and CNN's news anchor, Zain Asher, who stated that the nomination was important not only to Ejiofor but to their family.

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In 2000, he received the Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer and the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his performance in "Blue/Orange."

In 2007, the actor was invited to join the AMPAS and in 2008, he received the OBE award for his services to drama. He also received the CBE award and was honored with the Global Promise Award by GEANCO in 2015.

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