Carmen Ejogo

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Carmen Ejogo
BornCarmen Elizabeth Ejogo[1]
January 1974 (age 39)
London, England, U.K
Other namesCarmen
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Jeffrey Wright (m. 2000)
Children2
 
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Carmen Ejogo
BornCarmen Elizabeth Ejogo[1]
January 1974 (age 39)
London, England, U.K
Other namesCarmen
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Jeffrey Wright (m. 2000)
Children2

Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo (b. 1 January 1974[2] is a British television and film actress and singer, currently based in the United States.

Early life[edit source | edit]

Born and raised in London, Ejogo is the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Ejogo née Douglas.[3] Her father was Nigerian and her mother was Scottish.[4] During her childhood, Ejogo remembers her mother as being "a bit of a hippie".[5] Her younger brother is also named Charles Ejogo.[6][7] She attended the Oratory Primary Roman Catholic primary school in Chelsea until 1984.

Career[edit source | edit]

Acting[edit source | edit]

Ejogo's television career began in the UK in the early 1990s, where she presented the children's series Saturday Disney. Subsequently, she has had an acting career in the US. She has appeared in Metro with Eddie Murphy, What's the Worst That Could Happen? with Martin Lawrence, and Love's Labour's Lost with Kenneth Branagh, among other films, and also presented The Carmen Ejogo Video Show — her own video show on BSB's Power Station channel.

She starred as Thomas Jefferson's slave concubine in the television drama Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal as Sally Hemmings and also as Sister Anderson in the remake version of the cult classic original film Sparkle. Although the film has received mixed reviews, Ejogo has received significant acclaim for her performance, being cited by many critics as the breakout star of the film. Liz Smith, of the Huffington Post wrote: "As for Carmen Ejogo, as the cynical Sister, she is mind-blowing. "What a performance! Carmen has been around for a while, and has a fanatical fan base. Now I know why. If this turn doesn't cop her an Oscar nomination, there is no justice"; Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle also went as far as to suggest in his review that Ejogo's performance might place her under serious consideration for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. LaSalle comments: "...very few people will walk out of Sparkle talking about either Sparks or Houston, at least not at first. Instead they will be saying, "Who was that?" And they'll be referring to Carmen Ejogo...If there is any justice, Ejogo will become very famous very soon. As in, maybe today...It's rare to see someone become a movie star right before your eyes, but that's what happens with Ejogo in Sparkle....For an actress, this was the opportunity of a lifetime, and Ejogo plays it that way. She leaves nothing out, holds nothing back." She also starred as Maria Cross, Detective Alex Cross's wife in the 2012 film.

Music[edit source | edit]

Ejogo is also a vocalist, having collaborated with several artists in the 1990s. She wrote and sang lead vocals on the song "Candles" by English drum 'n' bass DJ Alex Reece — she appeared in the music video and is listed in the production credits as 'Carmen'.

She also sang vocals and duets with British artist Tricky on a song called "Slowly".

Aside from "Candles", Ejogo appears on four songs of the Sparkle original soundtrack album from the movie of the same name, singing lead on "Yes I Do" (as a solo), and co-lead vocals with Jordin Sparks and Tika Sumpter on "Jump", "Hooked On Your Love" and "Something He Can Feel".

Personal life[edit source | edit]

Ejogo has been married since August 2000 to American actor Jeffrey Wright, whom she met while they were making the HBO film Boycott. They live in Brooklyn, New York,[5] and have two children.[8]

Filmography[edit source | edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1986Absolute BeginnersCarmenDirector: Julien Temple
1997MetroRonnie TateDirector: Thomas Carter
1998I Want YouAmberDirector: Michael Winterbottom
The AvengersBrendaDirector: Jeremiah S. Chechik
2000Love's Labour's LostMariaDirector: Kenneth Branagh
2001PerfumeChloeDirectors: Michael Rymer & Hunter Carson
What's the Worst That Could Happen?Amber BelhavenDirector: Sam Weisman
2004NoelDr. Matthew BatisteDirector: Chazz Palminteri
2007The Brave OneJackieDirector: Neil Jordan
2008Pride and GloryTashaDirector: Gavin O'Connor
2009Away We GoGrace De TessantDirector: Sam Mendes
2012SparkleTammy "Sister" AndersonDirector: Salim Akil
Alex CrossMaria CrossDirector: Rob Cohen
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Cold LazarusBlindaDirector: Renny Rye
1998Catherine Cookson's Colour BlindRose AngelaDirector: Alan Grint
Tube TalesGirl in "Steal Away"Director: Charles McDougall
2000Sally Hemings: An American ScandalSally HemingsDirector: Charles Haid
2001BoycottCoretta Scott KingDirector: Clark Johnson
2005Lackawanna BluesAleanDirector: George C. Wolfe
2006–2007KidnappedTurnerDirectors: Various
2007M.O.N.Y.Francine TysonDirector: Spike Lee
2008Law & Order (Episode: "Burn Card")April LannenDirector: Mario Van Peebles
2011CHAOSFay CarsonDirectors: Various
2013Zero HourRebecca 'Beck' RileyDirector: Pierre Morel

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ "Birth Registration Details" Ancestry.co.uk (Retrieved: 19 July 2009)
  2. ^ )imdb.com
  3. ^ "A Gran Day Out" CumnockChronicle.com, 24 June 2009 (Retrieved: 19 July 2009)
  4. ^ http://www.globaltvbc.com/Carmen+Ejogo/4448553/story.html
  5. ^ a b Rich, Katey; "Interview: Away We Go's Carmen Ejogo" CinemaBlend.com, 2 June 2009 (Retrieved: 19 July 2009)
  6. ^ Umbrolly website Umbrollys.com (Retrieved: 19 July 2009)
  7. ^ Acey, Madeleine; "Dragons Den 'winner' takes to the streets" TimesOnline.co.uk, 7 August 2006 (Retrieved: 19 July 2009)
  8. ^ Williams, Kam; "Wright on Time" KamWilliams.com, 14 April 2008 (Retrieved: 19 July 2009)

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