|Born||Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo
January 1974 (age 39)
London, England, U.K
|Spouse(s)||Jeffrey Wright (m. 2000)|
Born and raised in London, Ejogo is the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Ejogo née Douglas. Her father was Nigerian and her mother was Scottish. During her childhood, Ejogo remembers her mother as being "a bit of a hippie". Her younger brother is also named Charles Ejogo. She attended the Oratory Primary Roman Catholic primary school in Chelsea until 1984.
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.
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".
|1986||Absolute Beginners||Carmen||Director: Julien Temple|
|1997||Metro||Ronnie Tate||Director: Thomas Carter|
|1998||I Want You||Amber||Director: Michael Winterbottom|
|The Avengers||Brenda||Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik|
|2000||Love's Labour's Lost||Maria||Director: Kenneth Branagh|
|2001||Perfume||Chloe||Directors: Michael Rymer & Hunter Carson|
|What's the Worst That Could Happen?||Amber Belhaven||Director: Sam Weisman|
|2004||Noel||Dr. Matthew Batiste||Director: Chazz Palminteri|
|2007||The Brave One||Jackie||Director: Neil Jordan|
|2008||Pride and Glory||Tasha||Director: Gavin O'Connor|
|2009||Away We Go||Grace De Tessant||Director: Sam Mendes|
|2012||Sparkle||Tammy "Sister" Anderson||Director: Salim Akil|
|Alex Cross||Maria Cross||Director: Rob Cohen|
|1996||Cold Lazarus||Blinda||Director: Renny Rye|
|1998||Catherine Cookson's Colour Blind||Rose Angela||Director: Alan Grint|
|Tube Tales||Girl in "Steal Away"||Director: Charles McDougall|
|2000||Sally Hemings: An American Scandal||Sally Hemings||Director: Charles Haid|
|2001||Boycott||Coretta Scott King||Director: Clark Johnson|
|2005||Lackawanna Blues||Alean||Director: George C. Wolfe|
|2007||M.O.N.Y.||Francine Tyson||Director: Spike Lee|
|2008||Law & Order (Episode: "Burn Card")||April Lannen||Director: Mario Van Peebles|
|2011||CHAOS||Fay Carson||Directors: Various|
|2013||Zero Hour||Rebecca 'Beck' Riley||Director: Pierre Morel|
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