Carmen Ejogo

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Carmen Ejogo
Born Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo
1973 (age 41)
Kensington, London, England
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Jeffrey Wright (m. 2000)
Children 2

Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo (born 1973)[1][2][3] is a British actress.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in London, Ejogo is the daughter of Elizabeth (née Douglas) and Charles Ejogo.[4] Her father is Nigerian and her mother is Scottish.[5] During her childhood, Ejogo remembers her mother as being "a bit of a hippie".[6] Her younger brother is also named Charles Ejogo.[7][8] 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. Subsequently, she has had an acting career in the US. She has appeared in Metro, What's the Worst That Could Happen?, and Love's Labour's Lost, among other films. She also presented The Carmen Ejogo Video Show, her own video show on BSB's Power Station channel.

She starred as Sally Hemmings in the television drama Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal and as Sister Anderson in the 2012 remake of the cult 1976 film Sparkle. Although the film received mixed reviews, Ejogo 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 commented: "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. In 2014, she appeared in action thriller film The Purge: Anarchy.

Ejogo has starred as Coretta Scott King in three separate films, "Boycott", "Selma", and "Born to be Blue".[9]


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 lead vocals with Jordin Sparks and Tika Sumpter singing backup on "Jump", "Hooked On Your Love" and "Something He Can Feel".

Personal life[edit]

Ejogo was briefly married to trip-hop artist Tricky in 1998.[10] She has been married to American actor Jeffrey Wright, whom she met while they were making the HBO film Boycott, since 2000. They live in Brooklyn, New York,[6] and have two children.[11]



Year Title Role
1986 Absolute Beginners Carmen
1997 Metro Ronnie Tate
1998 I Want You Amber
1998 The Avengers Brenda
2000 Love's Labour's Lost Maria
2001 Perfume Chloe
2001 What's the Worst That Could Happen? Amber Belhaven
2004 Noel Dr. Matthew Batiste
2007 The Brave One Jackie
2008 Pride and Glory Tasha
2009 Away We Go Grace De Tessant
2012 Sparkle Tammy "Sister" Anderson
2012 Alex Cross Maria Cross
2014 The Purge: Anarchy Eva
2014 Selma Coretta Scott King


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Cold Lazarus Blinda
1998 Catherine Cookson's Colour Blind Rose Angela
1998 Tube Tales Girl Episode: "Steal Away"
2000 Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Sally Hemings
2001 Boycott Coretta Scott King
2005 Lackawanna Blues Alean
2006–2007 Kidnapped Turner
2007 M.O.N.Y. Francine Tyson
2008 Law & Order April Lannen Episode: "Burn Card"
2011 CHAOS Fay Carson
2013 Zero Hour Rebecca "Beck" Riley


  1. ^ accessed 11/22/14
  2. ^ "Birth Registration Details" (Retrieved: 19 July 2009)
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  4. ^ "A Gran Day Out", 24 June 2009 (Retrieved: 19 July 2009)
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  6. ^ a b Rich, Katey; "Interview: Away We Go's Carmen Ejogo", 2 June 2009 (Retrieved: 19 July 2009)
  7. ^ Umbrolly website (Retrieved: 19 July 2009)
  8. ^ Acey, Madeleine; "Dragons Den 'winner' takes to the streets", 7 August 2006 (Retrieved: 19 July 2009)
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  11. ^ Williams, Kam; "Wright on Time", 14 April 2008 (Retrieved: 19 July 2009)

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