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Chiwetel Ejiofor is an acclaimed actor of film, television and stage with a wide range of roles in projects like Othello, Serenity, Kinky Boots and 12 Years a Slave.
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The year 2013 was a major one for Ejiofor. He reunited with Mamet to be featured in the HBO biopic Spector and, in the summer, appeared in the Joe Wright play Season of the Congo,
in which Ejiofor portrayed Patrice Lumumba. The actor also starred in the film Half of a Yellow Sun—a drama about the Biafran War based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie—which was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013.
October saw the U.S. limited release of 12 Years a Slave, a biopic by British director Steve McQueen in which Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup, a free African-American musician who was kidnapped and forced into bondage during the 1840s. Ejiofor garnered much critical acclaim for the role, including a best actor Golden Globe nod (actor Matthew McConaughey ultimately took the Globe for his lead role in 2013's Dallas Buyers Club) and an Academy Award nomination for best actor in 2014.
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