15 Things You Need to Know About Chiwetel Ejiofor

September 17, 2013  |  
Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor is talented, gorgeous and getting a lot of buzz. Before you run out to watch “12 Years A Slave”, take a minute to get to know Hollywood’s new favorite actor a little bit better.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

He’s Gorgeous

Just look at that smile.

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He Looks Even Better With a Beard

That is, if you’ve got a thing for beards.

Chiwetel Ejiofor

You’ve Been Pronouncing His Name Wrong

It’s Chew-it-ell Edge-ee-oh-for. Say it three times slowly and you’ll get the hang of it.

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Still Having Trouble?

You can call him Chewy for short, all of his friends do.

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He’s English

He’s really good at his American accent, but Chiwetel was born in London’s Forest Gate. His parents hail from Nigeria.

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His Scar Is Kind of a Sad Story

Back in 1988, When Ejiofor was 11, he was in a car crash on his way to a family wedding in Nigeria. Chiwetel survived, but his father was killed.

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He’s Only 36

For some reason, he looks a lot older. But that has more to do with his serious dramatic acting chops than his actual age.

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He’s Not Serious All the Time

Chiwetel’s not afraid to branch out. He once played a singing Soho drag queen named Lola in a 2005 movie called “Kinky Boots”.

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He’s Getting Ready to Blowup in a Big Way

There’s a lot of Academy buzz surrounding “12 Years a Slave”. Whether or not he gets the award, his stellar performance is going to launch him into superstar status.

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It’s About Time

Chiwetel spent a long time playing supporting roles. Trying to remember where you recognize him from? He had roles in “American Gangster”, “Inside Man”, “Children of Men” and even “Serenity”. But “12 Years A Slave” is his biggest role yet.

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He’s Branching Out Into Directing

He’s already written and directed one short film: “Slapper.” And the industry is eagerly awaiting his next feature project.

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He Doesn’t Have a Twitter Page

Sorry ladies. You’ll have to save those love Tweets for a later date.

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He Likes Confident Women

“Knowing yourself, taking care of yourself and liking yourself is s*xy,” he says. “It takes work to really feel at peace with yourself, but when you do, you shine more.”

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We Have No Idea Who He’s Dating

Chiwetel is notoriously private. He’s gone on the record to say that he’s a romantic. But he refuses to say if he’s dating someone or who it is.

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He Can Sing

In fact, he was a in a band called Blind in the early 90s. He sang backup and even performedat The Rock Garden in London’s Covent Garden.

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  • Beamer Beamer

    So done with him, what a let down.

  • Beamer Beamer

    I absolutely agree.

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  • Guess

    I only know that he dated Rhada Mitchell. No matter, I admire his body of work.

  • Marie Bano

    I used to be a big fan and I met him once after a play. He did not have much time for people waiting to see him after the performance unless they were white. I always thought he was a strong cultural brother but now I have my doubts.

    • Negrakitty

      me to until i saw him recently holding hands with a plain looking becky – aint spending my man’s hard earned cash for him to spend on her!lol!

      • Andrea

        He does seem to have a penchant for white women but has also dated a few black women….Sophie Okonedo and Naomi Harris. Hey, I guess the man loves women and doesn’t discriminate……..hopefully!

  • LaLa

    OMG, I absolutely love Chiwetel Ejiofor! He has been my guilty pleasure for years! Every role he has played has been done superbly. Amistad, Love Actually, Inside Man, Salt, Kinky Boots, 2012 – the list is endless. I am so excited about this new film coming out, because his talent has been seriously slept on. I’m only sad that I’ll have to share him with others now :P.

    • Myrna Orvam

      You forgot about his role in Four Brothers. He was the ONLY good thing in that God awful movie…that’s when I first noticed him. I agree..now us few who’ve been sweating him for years..now have to share. Sighhhhh

  • Brickleberry

    Get the math right. If he was only 11 years in 1998 then there’s no way in the world he is 36 years old now!!! SMH @ this wanna-be journalist!

    • Beffa

      Unless they changed it, it says 1988