Chiwetel Ejiofor Net Worth

Net Worth: $12 million
Age: 41
Full name: Chiwetel Umeadi Ejiofor
Born: July 10, 1977
Country of Origin: Nigeria
Occupation: Actor
Last Updated: 2018



This British born gifted actor is among the few that are truly blessed with adding life and an astonishing degree of readiness to any character they play in a movie and this has afforded him a blissful career. In this article we will learn about Chiwetel Ejiofor’s net worth?, career, etc

The young man is known for commanding onscreen authority, always wearing a genuine smile and an honest look and always encouraging friends and colleagues. HE has been adjudged to look like Denzel Washington.

Slowly and steadily he has successfully built a substantial career for himself in the global movie industry, which is evident in the number of high-profile awards his excellent performances have fetched him.

If you’re a lover of the blockbuster, Dr. Strange, then you should have knowledge of the professionalism and talent of this black actor, who is a pride to England, Nigeria, and Africa at large.


Who is Chiwetel Ejiofor and why is he among the highest paid actors in 2018?

Chiwetel Umeadi Ejiofor is a British Nigerian actor who has succeeded in making fame in the British and American movie industries and in the global movie industry at large.

Ejiofor who has featured in many movies can be compared to Denzel Washington who is also a black American whose net worth is skyrocketing.

Chiwetel has acted in many movies and received numerous awards and nominations for acting.

In 2008, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for services in the arts, and he was elevated to Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 Birthday Honours.

If the man is this great and famous, the question, “How was Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Early Life?” is not surprising when it’s asked by many.

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Early Life

Born on the 10th of July 1977 in London’s Forest Gate, that puts his age at 41 as he was born to middle-class Nigerian parents.

His father’s name is Arinze Ejiofor, and he was a medical doctor while his mother was Obiajulu Ejiofor, a pharmacist.

The parents also had a daughter who is a younger sister to the movie star. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s sister is the famous CNN respondent Zain Asher.

It may interest to know that Chiwetel Ejiofor’s native country is Nigeria. He is of Igbo ancestry and hails from Ezeagu LGA of Enugu State, Nigeria.

There have been too many controversies about Chiwetel Ejiofor’s health and weight. His height stands at 5 feet 10 inches while he weighs 72 kg.

In 1988, when Chiwetel age was sitting at 8, the family went on a family trip to Nigeria for a wedding.

He and his father were on their way to Lagos after the celebrations when they got involved in a ghastly head-on collision with a lorry.

An accident took the beloved life of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s father and left Chiwetel himself badly injured, and crested with a scar which is still visible on his forehead till date.

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Education and acting career started at an early age. When he was in junior school, he participated in school plays at his school, Dulwich Prep London (Former Dulwich College Preparatory School), where he featured as the gravedigger in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

He continued his acting career when he entered senior school and Dulwich College and joined the National Youth Theatre.

He got into the London Academy of Music and Dramatic but quit after the first year in the academy, not after being featured in Steven Spielberg’s film Amistad.

In 1995, Chiwetel starred in a lead role as Othello in a movie with the same name at the Bloomsbury Theatre and again at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow in 1996, where he starred opposite Rachael Stirling as Desdemona.

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Career and Movies

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s first film was in the television film deadly Voyage (1996), a television thriller directed by John Mackenzie.

After that, he featured in numerous other movies including the British film G: MT – Greenwich Mean Time (1999), a British drama film where he co-starred alongside Steve John Shepherd.

While he was featuring in movies, he went on to become a stage actor in London.

In 2000, Chiwetel starred in Blue/Orange at the Royal National Theatre (Cottesloe stage) and later at the Duchess Theatre.

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s first leading role in a film came in 2000 when he starred as Nicky Burkett in Jeremy Cameron’s It Was an Accident, a British comedy film directed by Metin Huseyin.

In 2002, he starred in Dirty Pretty Things for which he won a British Independent Film Award for Best Actor.

Since then he has continued to star in numerous movies, TV shows, and series.


Some of Chiwetel Ejiofor’s famous movies include, Love Actually (2003), a Christmas themed romantic comedy, Red Dust (2004), a British drama film he co-starred with Hilary Swank, Redbelt (2008), An American martial arts film written and directed by David Mamet, Serenity (2005), an American science fiction action film written and directed by Joss Whedon, Children of Men (2006), a British American dystopian thriller film directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuaron among other hit movies.

Among the TV series, shows and stage performances he has featured in include the BBC adaptation of Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale, the BBC series Trust, Rita Dove’s poetic drama, The Darker Face of the Earth and Peter Spafford’s radio play, I Was A Stranger.

He also featured in Andrew Rissik’s play, Dionysus and performed on stage in The Seagull at the Royal Court Theatre from 18 January to 17 March 2007.

He debuted his directing career in 2008 with a short film, Slapper, which he also wrote, based on an idea by editor/director, Yusuf Pirhasan.

Currently, the second movie he directed, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is undergoing post-production processes and will be out in 2019, the same year The Lion King, a film that’s currently being filmed, will be out.

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Awards, Recognitions, and Accolades

The movie star indeed has a lot of talent in him as he has bagged tens of acting awards and nominations from different bodies.

His accolades include the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award in 2006, five Golden Globe Award nominations, and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.

His role as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013) got him an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guide nominations along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor.

In 2008, The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II presented him with an OBE.

Other awards won include British Academy Film Awards for Best Actor in a leading role for 12 Years a Slave, African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor in Talk to me, Austin Film Critics Award as Best Actor for 12 Years a Slave, London Film Critics’ Circle Award as Actor of the Year 2014 for 12 Years a Slave and various others.

Truly, Chiwetel Ejiofor is a movie legend and it has awarded to his net worth.

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Relationships

Though Chiwetel Ejiofor is not married yet, he has an interesting love life and has been associated with a few gorgeous women.

He has dated celebrities like Naomi Harris who he was together with from 2000 to 2007.

It’s also rumored that he was once in a romantic relationship with Lupita Nyong’O sometime in 2012.


In 2013, he was in a love affair with Sari Mercer, a Canadian actress, a relationship which was short-lived with no one knowing the real reason for the break-up.

Shortly after breaking up with the Canadian actress, Chiwetel started dating an Australian model, Frances Aaternir in September 2015.

The two are still dating and have shown no sign of a breakup.

The veteran actor is an LGBT supporter who condemns gay people hiding their identity and sexuality has no children yet and hopes he will someday.

To answer the question, “Is Chiwetel Ejiofor gay?” No, he is not gay.

How does Chiwetel Ejiofor make his money?

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s income is majorly from his acting career which showed him to the world. The star which has received many awards and recognitions over the years has the big screen to thank for his income.

With his role in the upcoming movie, The Lion King, his revenue is undoubtedly expected to increase.

With all these awards and movie features, the question remains, “How much is Chiwetel Ejiofor’s net worth in 2018?”

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Net Worth (2019)

The talented movie, stage performance, TV, and radio personality has been consistent with portraying good performance both in major and supporting roles in all his films, TV series and shows throughout his career.

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s net worth is estimated to be $12 million in 2019. He is one of African richest men in the movie industry.

Chiwetel who says acting for him is never about the money but a way of exploring some deeper question within himself.

He’s known for going extra miles to fit into the role of any character he wants to play, and his attitude to acting has increased his net worth.

He attributes his success to his name which he was warned while growing up to change, but he did not.

According to him, his name allows him to feature in movies in Africa, England, and America and he voices his pride in being a Nigerian.



Chiwetel Ejiofor’s success has been attributed his zealousness and go-for-it attitude. With him being among the significant casts of highly anticipated movies like the Lion King coming in 2009, we expect more from Chiwetel Ejiofor in the years to come.





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