Post your questions for Chiwetel Ejiofor
One of the UK’s finest screen and stage performers, Chiwetel Ejiofor has “talent to take your breath away” – according to the Observer’s Amy Raphael, that is. Since his breakthrough role in the Stephen Frears-directed drama Dirty Pretty Things in 2002, Ejiofor has become a fixture in British cinema and Hollywood, with appearances in Love Actually, Kinky Boots, Children of Men, American Gangster and The Martian.
Arguably his career high point (so far) was his Oscar-nominated performance as Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen’s drama 12 Years a Slave. Ejiofor has also dipped a toe in directorial waters with the Malawi-set The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, about a villager who invents a wind turbine. And that’s not even counting his stage work, which includes an acclaimed Othello at the Donmar Warehouse in 2007 and Everyman at the National Theatre in 2015.
This year is a Disney one-two: we have already seen the release of The Lion King, for which Ejiofor voiced the rascally Scar in the CGI “live action” remake, and just about to arrive is Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, in which he plays a wise clan chieftain who counsels Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent.
He’ll be with us for a webchat on Thursday 10 October at 1.20pm BST so send us your questions now, and we’ll get as many answered as time allows.