Chiwetel Umeadi Ejiofor is a Nigerian English actor and ever since being cast by Steven Spielberg to play a supporting role in the film Amistad (1997), he has graced Hollywood with amazing films that truly showcase his phenomenal acting. His latest film, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind where he plays the role of Trywell Kamkwamba is also directed by him. This is his directorial debut and the film itself is based on true events. Of course, even before this, he has starred in a list of great movies that will never be forgotten. Here are 7 notable films that you’ve probably seen him in.

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12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave was a phenomenal movie that made us feel a lot of emotions. It follows the story of Solomon Northup, a free Black man from New York who was abducted and sold into slavery. What really tugs us all is the fact that this is a movie inspired by true events. In fact, Solomon was a real person. He, in fact, wrote the memoir that the film was adapted on.

Dirty Pretty Things

The story revolves around a Nigerian immigrant who figures out that life in London isn’t as glamorous as he thinks it is. Ejiofor plays the role of Okwe Iander.

Shi No Tanima

TIn this 2015 sci-fi thriller, a young woman and two men end up in a love triangle, all the while trying to figure out how to live life as they are Earth’s only known survivors after a devastating disaster.

Kinky Boots

This dramedy has always been something people should really watch. It follows the story of a drag queen who comes to rescue a man whose business, a shoe factory, is on the verge of failing. Amazingly, this is a musical. More importantly, it’s hella entertaining.

Inside Man

Ejiofor plays Detective Bill Mitchell in this crime-driven movie where a bank robber plans a brilliant heist that spirals into a hostage situation.

Doctor Strange

The MCU casts Ejiofor to play Karl Mordo, a member of the Masters of Mystic Arts. He is the one that trains Doctor Strange during his struggle. Eventually, he ends up fighting alongside him somehow. Later on, it is believed that he has turned against his original group and has gone rogue.

American Gangster

This film is party biographical and Ejiofor portrays the role of Huey Lucas. It’s a story of an NYC cop turned outcast, who is charged with bringing down notorious drug lord, Frank Lucas.