Carmen Ejogo

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Carmen Ejogo
Carmen Ejogo (cropped).jpg
Ejogo in 2002
Born Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo
(1973-10-22) 22 October 1973 (age 43)
Kensington, London, England
Residence Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Tricky (1998; divorced)
Jeffrey Wright (2000–2014; divorced)
Children 2

Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo (/ɪˈɡ/; born 22 October 1973)[1][2] is an English actress and singer. She began her career as a teenager hosting the Saturday Disney morning show from 1993 to 1995. Her film credits include Love's Labour's Lost (2000), What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001), Away We Go (2009), Sparkle (2012), Alex Cross (2012), The Purge: Anarchy (2014), It Comes at Night (2017), and Alien: Covenant (2017). She is also known for her role as Seraphina Picquery in the Fantastic Beasts film series.

Ejogo has appeared as civil rights activist Coretta Scott King in two films: Boycott (2001) and Selma (2014). While preparing for the role in Boycott, she met with King[3] and was given King's blessing for her portrayal.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Born on 22 October 1973[5] and raised in London, Ejogo is the daughter of Elizabeth (née Douglas) and Charles Ejogo.[6] Her father is Nigerian and her mother is Scottish.[7] During her childhood, Ejogo remembers her mother as being "a bit of a hippie".[8] Her younger brother, an entrepreneur, is also named Charles Ejogo.[9][10] She attended the Oratory Roman Catholic Primary School and Glendower Preparatory School. Then educated at Godolphin and Latymer School.

Ejogo was briefly married to Trip-hop artist Tricky.[11] In 2000, she married American actor Jeffrey Wright, whom she met while making the HBO film Boycott. They have a son (Elijah) and a daughter (Juno).[12][13][14] Ejogo and Wright have since divorced.[15]

She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Music[edit]

Ejogo has been involved in the music industry, having collaborated with several artists since the 1990s. She presented The Carmen Ejogo Video Show, her own video show on BSB's Power Station channel.

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". Ejogo also sang vocals and duets with ex-husband Tricky on a song called "Slowly". She sang vocals for the film Love's Labour's Lost (2000).

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".

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Absolute Beginners Carmen
1997 Metro Ronnie Tate
1998 I Want You Amber
The Avengers Brenda
2000 Love's Labour's Lost Maria
2001 Perfume Chloe
What's the Worst That Could Happen? Amber Belhaven
Boycott Coretta Scott King
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
Alex Cross Maria Cross
2014 The Purge: Anarchy Eva
Selma Coretta Scott King NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
2015 Born to Be Blue Jane / Elaine Nominated–Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them President Seraphina Picquery[16]
2017 It Comes at Night Sarah
Alien: Covenant - Prologue: Last Supper Karine Oram Short film[17]
Alien: Covenant
Roman J. Israel, Esq. Maya

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Cold Lazarus Blinda 4 episodes
1998 Catherine Cookson's Colour Blind Rose Angela 2 episodes
1998 Tube Tales Girl Episode: "Steal Away"
2000 Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Sally Hemings TV movie
2001 Boycott Coretta Scott King TV movie
2005 Lackawanna Blues Alean Hudson TV movie
2006–2007 Kidnapped Turner 13 episodes
2007 M.O.N.Y. Francine Tyson TV movie
2008 Law & Order April Lannen Episode: "Burn Card"
2011 CHAOS Fay Carson 13 episodes
2013 Zero Hour Rebecca "Beck" Riley 13 episodes
2017 The Girlfriend Experience Bria Jones

References[edit]

  1. ^ Family Search. Retrieved 11/22/14.
  2. ^ "Birth Registration Details", Ancestry.co.uk (retrieved 19 July 2009).
  3. ^ Juliet Izon, accessed 12/5/14 "Carmen Ejogo Talks Playing Coretta Scott King in 'Selma'", Los Angeles Confidential.
  4. ^ Levy, Emanuel; "Selma: The Women’s Civil Rights Story", EmanuelLevy.com, 24 December 2014 (retrieved 29 December 2014).
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "A Gran Day Out" CumnockChronicle.com, 24 June 2009 (retrieved 19 July 2009).
  7. ^ "Carmen Ejogo", Global News, 16 March
  8. ^ Rich, Katey; "Interview: Away We Go's Carmen Ejogo" CinemaBlend.com, 2 June 2009 (retrieved 19 July 2009).
  9. ^ Umbrolly website Umbrollys.com (retrieved 19 July 2009).
  10. ^ Acey, Madeleine; "Dragons Den 'winner' takes to the streets", TimesOnline.co.uk, 7 August 2006 (retrieved 19 July 2009).
  11. ^ Kitty (10 October 1999). "Tricky biography". Moon-palace.de. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  12. ^ "Actor Jeffrey Wright And Family". Bckonline.com. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  13. ^ "Carmen Ejogo: 'There's some kind of trauma at play'", The Independent, 4 September 2009 (retrieved 2 July 2015).
  14. ^ "Carmen, Elijah & Juno Wright" alittlemuse.com, 7 September 2011 (retrieved 2 July 2015).
  15. ^ Zahed, Ramin; "'Selma' allows Carmen Ejogo to play Coretta Scott King a second time", LATimes.com, 18 December 2014 (retrieved 26 December 2014).
  16. ^ Ejogo, Carmen (15 December 2015). "[OFFICIAL TRAILER] Carmen Ejogo Stars As Seraphina in Harry Potter Spin-Off WATCH:". The B.L.A.C.K. Media. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  17. ^ Alien: Covenant | Prologue: Last Supper | 20th Century FOX

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