Chiwetel Ejiofor

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MALE LEAD: 12 Years a Slave – “Solomon Northup”


Synopsis


12 Years A Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.


Biography


This next year is set to be a very exciting one for CHIWETEL EJIOFOR. Well versed on stage, television and in film, Ejiofor will be seen this July in Joe Wright’s production for The Young Vic, A Season in the Congo about the rise and fall of legendary leader Patrice Lumumba.

Ejiofor recently finished filming Half of a Yellow Sun, based on the highly acclaimed novel of the same title. Both moving and horrifying, the drama concentrates on the varying effects the Biafran War has on the lives of four people; the film also stars Thandie Newton and Joseph Mawle. Ejiofor has also just been announced to star in Z for Zacharia alongside Chris Pine and Amanda Seyfried. The film, which is about a nuclear war in a small American town, is to be directed by Craig Zobel (Compliance) and will begin shooting in the autumn. Earlier this year, Ejiofor received great reviews for his starring turn in Dancing on the Edge, Stephen Poliakoff’s series for the BBC, co-starring Matthew Goode.

In 2011 television audiences saw him in the award winning The Shadow Line, a thrilling drama for the BBC in which he played lead character Jonah Gabriel, alongside a superb cast including Christopher Eccleston, Lesley Sharp and Rafe Spall. Ejiofor has also appeared in a number of films including Salt, alongside Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber and in 2009 he starred in Roland Emmerich’s action feature 2012, opposite John Cusack, Danny Glover and Thandie Newton. The same year his performance in Endgame, Channel 4’s moving drama set in South Africa, earned him a Golden Globe® nomination for the ‘best performance by an actor in a mini-series or a motion picture made for television.’

Ejiofor balances his film and television commitments with his theatre work and in 2008 he was seen in three very different roles; his performance in the title role of Michael Grandage’s Othello at the Donmar Warehouse alongside Kelly Reilly and Ewan McGregor was unanimously commended, and won him the 2008 Olivier Award for Best Actor, the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor, as well as nominations for the South Bank Show Awards 2009 and the What’s On Stage Theatregoers’ Choice Awards.

His other stage credits include Roger Michell’s Blue/Orange in 2000, which received an Olivier Award for Best Play, and the same year Tim Supple’s Romeo and Juliet in which Ejiofor took the title role.

Following his television debut in 1996 in Deadly Voyage, Ejiofor has been seen in numerous television productions including Murder in Mind, created by the award winning writer Anthony Horowitz, Trust, Twelfth Night or What you Will, and The Canterbury Tales – The Knight’s Tale.