1. Chiwetel Ejiofor garnered the prestigious Academy Award nomination for his performance in '12 Years a Slave'.
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9. Chiwetel Ejiofor was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance.
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12. Chiwetel Ejiofor played the title role in Othello at the Bloomsbury Theatre in September 1995, and again at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow in 1996, when he starred opposite Rachael Stirling as Desdemona.
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13. Chiwetel Ejiofor got into the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art but left after his first year, after being cast in Steven Spielberg's film Amistad.
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15. In 1988, when Chiwetel Ejiofor was 11, during a family trip to Nigeria for a wedding, he and his father were driving to Lagos after the celebrations when their car was involved in a head-on crash with a lorry.
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16. Chiwetel Ejiofor was elevated to Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 Birthday Honours.
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17. Chiwetel Ejiofor was nominated for a 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his performance on Dancing on the Edge.
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19. Chiwetel Ejiofor is going behind the camera for the first time to direct The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind for Netflix.
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23. Chiwetel Ejiofor was always going to be Solomon Northup for me.
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24. In 2013, Chiwetel Ejiofor took on the role of Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave.
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26. Chiwetel Ejiofor was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2008 Birthday Honours.
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27. In 2007, Chiwetel Ejiofor starred opposite Don Cheadle in Talk to Me, a film based on the true story of Ralph "Petey" Greene, an African-American radio personality in the 1960s and 1970s.
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32. Chiwetel Ejiofor was born in London's Forest Gate, to middle-class Nigerian parents.
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33. Chiwetel Ejiofor has received numerous awards and nominations for acting, including the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award in 2006, two Golden Globe Award nominations, and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in Othello in 2008.
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