Carmen Ejogo

 

Date Of Birth

January 1, 1974
 

Biography

British actress Carmen Ejogo Wright was born on January 1, 1974 in London, England. Her mother, Elizabeth, was a tour guide and her father, Charles, was an entrepreneur. It is also worth noting that Carmen is of Scottish and Nigerian descent.

Carmen Ejogo’s television career began during the 1990s, when she became the host of the children’s series Saturday Disney. She started out in the United Kingdom, but later became successful in the USA as well. In 1986, she played Carmen in Absolute Beginners, and was cast as Blinda in episodes of the mini-series Cold Lazarus in 1996. The next year, she got the part of Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Tate in Metro with Eddie Murphy, and played Amber in the 1998 film I Want You. Also that year, she got the part of Brenda in The Avengers before she was seen portraying Rose Angela in the mini-series Colour Blind.

In 2000, Carmen Ejogo got the lead role in the TV movie Sally Hemings: An American Scandal. Her next endeavor was playing Maria in Love’s Labour’s Lost, where she got the chance to work with Kenneth Branagh. She had several projects in 2001. The first was playing Chloe in the movie Perfume, then getting the role of Coretta Scott King in the TV production Boycott. She later worked with Martin Lawrence for the film What’s the Worst that Could Happen?, in which she got the part of Amber Belhaven. After roles in Noel, and in the TV movie Lackawanna Blues, she was cast in the short-lived NBC series Kidnapped. Her character is that of Turner, the partner and right hand to Knapp (Jeremy Sisto), a professional private investigator who works outside the law's strict rulebook to retrieve kidnapping victims and guide families through the crisis.

Since then, Ejogo has appeared on the blockbuster movie The Brave One starring Jodie Foster, as well as filmed an episode of Law & Order.

In 2013 Carmen will be starring on ABC's new series Zero Hour.
 

Place of Birth

London, England
 

Birth Name

Carmen Ejogo
 

Gender

Female
 

Fun Facts

- She has a brother named Charles Jr., who studied law.

- She married Jeffrey Wright on August 2000. They have one child together.

- Her father was a Nigerian entrepreneur while her Scottish mother, Elizabeth, worked as a tour guide.

- She used to present Children's TV on Saturday mornings with former Blue Peter presenter Stuart Miles.

 

Awards

2006: Black Reel Awards - Best Supporting Actress - Television for: Lackawanna Blues
 

Filmography

2013: Zero Hour (TV series) - Rebecca 'Beck' Riley
2012: Sparkle - Tammy "Sister" Anderson
2012: Alex Cross - Maria Cross
2011: Chaos (TV series) - Fay Carson
2009: Away We Go - Grace De Tessant
2008: Pride and Glory - Tasha
2008: Law & Order (TV series) - April Lannen
2007: The Brave One - Jackie
2006-2007: Kidnapped (TV series) - Turner
2007: M.O.N.Y. (TV movie) - Francine Tyson
2005: Lackawanna Blues (TV movie) - Alean
2004: Noel - Dr. Batiste
2001: What's the Worst That Could Happen? - Amber Belhaven
2001: Boycott (TV movie) - Coretta Scott King
2001: Perfume - Chloe
2000: Love's Labour's Lost - Maria
2000: Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (TV movie) - Sally Hemings
1999: Tube Tales (TV movie) - Girl (Segment Steal Away)
1998: Colour Blind (TV mini-series) - Rose-Angela Patterson
1998: The Avengers - Brenda
1998: I Want You - Amber
1997: Metro - Veronica 'Ronnie' Tate
1996: Cold Lazarus (TV mini-series) - Blinda
1986: Absolute Beginners - Carmen

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