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Also Known As: Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo Died:
Born: Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, singer, TV host, veejay

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A beautiful British actress of biracial heritage, Carmen Ejogo began her career as a child, landing her first professional gig in a music video at age eight. The London native made her film debut in a small role in Julien Temple's "Absolute Beginners" (1986) and then concentrated on stage and television work (most notably in the Dennis Potter-scripted "Cold Lazarus" in 1996). Stints as a TV host and veejay preceded her return to the silver screen as Eddie Murphy's love interest in the predictable action comedy "Metro" (1997). While the camera clearly captured her undeniable beauty, Ejogo proved less successful in the underwritten girlfriend role. with most critics dismissing her as just another pretty face. Undaunted, she returned to her native England and took roles in the box-office disappointment "The Avengers" and the more modestly received "I Want You" (both 1998). 2000 proved to be the actress' year. Ejogo landed the coveted title role in the four-hour CBS miniseries "Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal" and garnered good notices for her portrayal of the slave with whom Thomas Jefferson carried on a four decade romance. Later that same year, she was cast as one of the servants attending to the...

A beautiful British actress of biracial heritage, Carmen Ejogo began her career as a child, landing her first professional gig in a music video at age eight. The London native made her film debut in a small role in Julien Temple's "Absolute Beginners" (1986) and then concentrated on stage and television work (most notably in the Dennis Potter-scripted "Cold Lazarus" in 1996). Stints as a TV host and veejay preceded her return to the silver screen as Eddie Murphy's love interest in the predictable action comedy "Metro" (1997). While the camera clearly captured her undeniable beauty, Ejogo proved less successful in the underwritten girlfriend role. with most critics dismissing her as just another pretty face. Undaunted, she returned to her native England and took roles in the box-office disappointment "The Avengers" and the more modestly received "I Want You" (both 1998). 2000 proved to be the actress' year. Ejogo landed the coveted title role in the four-hour CBS miniseries "Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal" and garnered good notices for her portrayal of the slave with whom Thomas Jefferson carried on a four decade romance. Later that same year, she was cast as one of the servants attending to the Princess of France (Alicia Silverstone) in Kenneth Branagh's musicalization of Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost". Ejogo met her future husband Jeffrey Wright when they were cast opposite one another as Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2001 HBO drama "Boycott".

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Selma (2014)
2.
 Sparkle (2012)
3.
 Alex Cross (2012)
4.
 Away We Go (2009)
5.
 Pride and Glory (2008)
6.
 Brave One, The (2007)
7.
 Lackawanna Blues (2005) Alean
8.
 Boycott (2001) Coretta Scott King
9.
 What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) Amber Belhaven
10.
 Love's Labour's Lost (2000) Maria
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in London
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At age eight, made professional debut in a music video
1986:
Film acting debut, small part in "Absolute Beginners"
1993:
Hosted British series "Saturday Disney"
1996:
Appeared in British miniseries "Cold Lazarus" (BBC)
1997:
Made U.S. feature acting debut as Eddie Murphy's love interest in "Metro"
1998:
Co-starred with Rachel Weisz in "I Want You"
1999:
Appeared in the "Steal Away" segment of "Tube Tales" (aired on British Sky Broadcasting)
2000:
U.S. TV debut, played title role in CBS miniseries "Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal"
2000:
Cast in small role in Kenneth Branagh's "Love's Labour's Lost," based on the Shakespeare play
2001:
Portrayed Coretta Scott King in HBO original film "Boycott"
2001:
Played Martin Lawrence's girlfriend in the comedy "What's the Worst That Could Happen?"
2005:
Joined ensemble cast for HBO production of "Lackawanna Blues"
2006:
Joined cast of short-lived NBC drama "Kidnapped"
2009:
Co-starred in Sam Mendes' "Away We Go"
2012:
Co-starred as Sister opposite Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in "Sparkle"
2012:
Featured in crime thriller "Alex Cross," based on the novel <i>Cross</i> by James Patterson and starring Tyler Perry
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Notes

On playing Sally Hemings, Ejogo told People (February 14, 2000): "My ancestors weren't slaves. But I understand the pain. I have to deal with [racism] on a real basic level. Cabs won't stop for me. The police stop my brother for driving a decent car. It disgusts me."

On not changing her last name (pronounced e-JO-go), she told TV Guide (February 12, 2000): "When I was 8, I toyed with the name Carmen Alexandria -- it sounded dramatic. Thank God I grew up quickly."

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Max Beesley. Actor. Together from c. 1993 to c. 1998; couple exchanged rings although Beesley claimed not to believe in marriage; no longer together.
wife:
Jeffrey Wright. Actor. Acted opposite one another in the HBO drama "Boycott" (2001); married in 2001.

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father:
Charles Ejogo. Entrepreneur. Nigerean; divorced from Ejogo's mother c. 1976.
mother:
Elizabeth Ejogo. Tour guide. Scottish; divorced from Ejogo's father c. 1976.
brother:
Charles Ejogo. Born c. 1975; as of early 2000 was a law student.

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