He has since been seen on the big screen in numerous features, including Stephen Frears' 2002 thriller "Dirty Pretty Things," for which his performance as Okwe won him Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards, the Evening Standard Film Awards, and the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.Ejiofor went on to star in Richard Curtis's "Love Actually" in 2003, Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda" in 2004, and "Slow Burn" the following year.

He also starred in Roland Emmerich's action feature "2012" opposite John Cusack, Danny Glover, and Thandie Newton.

Born in Forrest Gate to Nigerian parents, Chiwetel attended Dulwich College in South-East London.

By the age of 13, he was appearing in numerous school and National Youth Theatre productions, and subsequently attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

In 1996, Ejiofor caught the attention of Steven Spielberg, who cast him in the critically acclaimed "Amistad" alongside Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins.

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in "The Shadow Line" on Direc TV's Audience Network as Jonah Gabriel.

On the big screen, he recently starred opposite Angelina Jolie in "Salt" as William Peabody.

Chiwetel Ejiofor continues to demonstrate his versatility as an actor with a wide range of projects.

Last year he starred in "Endgame," Channel 4's moving drama set in South Africa, for which his performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries.

Keen to stay true to his theater training, Ejiofor has balanced his film and television commitments with a number of prestigious stage productions.