12 Years Of 12 Years A Slave‘s Star Chiwetel Ejiofor

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Maybe you don’t think you know who 12 Years A Slave‘s star Chiwetel Ejiofor is (or how to pronounce his name). The thing is Chiwetel Ejiofor isn’t some overnight success story; he’s been popping up in your favorite films for…oh…more than 12 years now. To speed you up on Ejiofor’s impressive acting resumé, we’re looking back at what the last 12 years of Chiwetel Ejiofor have looked like. Spoiler alert: they’ve looked pretty damn cool.

Chiwetel Ejiofor isn’t just one of the best actors in Great Britain now. He’s also not just one of the early frontrunners for the Best Actor Academy Award. He’s the guy from Love Actually, Children of Men and Serenity. He’s performed Shakespeare on stage opposite Ewan McGregor and Tom Hiddleston. He hangs out with Brad Pitt! He’s a really cool, hyper-intelligent, insanely experienced British thespian–and yes, he would totally do a Love Actually sequel. He told us so.

So, before you catch 12 Years A Slave in limited release this weekend, get acquainted with a guy you probably already knew all about–even though you didn’t realize it.

Oh, and it’s pronounced “Chew-uh-tell Edge-ee-oh-four.”

[Photo Credit: Universal Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Columbia Pictures]

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