Chiwetelu Umeadi Ejiofor better known as Chiwetel Ejiofor is a British actor. He was born on July 10, 1977 in Forest Gate, United Kingdom. He is the son of Arinze Ejiofor and Obiajulu Ejiofor. He began acting in school plays at the age of thirteen at Dulwich College and joined the National Youth Theatre. He started his acting career in 1996 when he made his debut in the film Deadly Voyage in which he played the role of Ebow. In 2002 he made his debut in the film Dirty Pretty Things in which he played the role of Okwe for which he won several awards and nominations including: Black Reel Award for Best Actor and British Independent Film Award for Best Actor. In 2005 he made his appearance in the film Kinky Boots in which he appeared as Lola for which he was nominated for three awards. In 2007 he made his appearance in the film Talk to Me in which he played the role of Dewey Hughes for which he won Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, African-American Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actor and one other award nomination. In 2010 he made his appearance in the film Salt in which he played the role of Peabody. In 2013 he won several awards and nominations for his role Solomon Northup in the film 12 Years a Slave.