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Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Career in Pictures
In his first movie role, Ejiofor plays interpreter Ens. James Covey in this
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
The actor dazzles as Okwe, a doctor living illegally in the U.K.
Love Actually (2003)
He marries Keira Knightley (to Andrew Lincoln’s dismay) in this holiday favorite.
In a rare villainous turn, he plays a man known only as the Operative.
Kinky Boots (2005)
Ejiofor lightens up as he sings and dances — in heels, no less — as drag queen Lola.
Children of Men (2006)
He plays Luke, a member of a militant group fighting for immigrant rights.
In his first American starring role, he’s a Jiu-jitsu expert caught in a dangerous scheme.
Ejiofor portrays South African President Thabo Mbeki in this film about the final days of Apartheid.
In this action blockbuster, he plays geologist Adrian Helmsley, who fights to save the world.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
Ejiofor stars in this adaptation of the memoir by Solomon Northup, a free man sold into slavery.