Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo
22 October 1973
(m. 1998; div. 1998)
(m. 2000; div. 2014)
|Relatives||Charles Ejogo (brother)|
She is best known for her roles in such films as Metro (1997), The Avengers (1998), Love's Labour's Lost (2000), What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001), Boycott (2001), Away We Go (2009), Sparkle (2012), Alex Cross (2012), The Purge: Anarchy (2014), Selma (2014), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), It Comes at Night (2017), Alien: Covenant (2017), and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018).
Ejogo also starred in the NBC crime drama series Kidnapped (2006–2007), the ABC thriller series Zero Hour (2013), the Starz anthology drama series The Girlfriend Experience (2017), the HBO anthology crime series True Detective (2019), and the Netflix limited series Self Made (2020).
Ejogo was born on 22 October 1973 in Kensington, London, England. She is the daughter of a Scottish mother, Elizabeth (née Douglas), and a Nigerian father, Charles Ejogo. Ejogo remembers her mother as having been "a bit of a hippie" during her childhood. She attended the Oratory Roman Catholic Primary School and Glendower Preparatory School, and was then educated at Godolphin and Latymer School.
She began her career as host of the Saturday Disney morning show from 1993 to 1995. Her film credits include Love's Labour's Lost (2000), What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001), Away We Go (2009), Sparkle (2012), Alex Cross (2012), The Purge: Anarchy (2014), It Comes at Night (2017), and Alien: Covenant (2017). She is also known for her role as Seraphina Picquery in the Fantastic Beasts film series. She plays Amelia Reardon in the HBO series True Detective (2019).
Ejogo has appeared as civil rights activist Coretta Scott King in two films: Boycott (2001) and Selma (2014). While preparing for the role in Boycott, she met with King and was given King's blessing for her portrayal.
She wrote and sang lead vocals on the song "Candles" by English drum 'n' bass DJ Alex Reece—she appeared in the music video and is listed in the production credits as "Carmen". Ejogo also sang vocals and duets with ex-husband Tricky on a song called "Slowly". She sang vocals for the film Love's Labour's Lost (2000).
Aside from "Candles", Ejogo appears on four songs of the Sparkle original soundtrack album from the movie of the same name, singing lead on "Yes I Do" (as a solo), and lead vocals with Jordin Sparks and Tika Sumpter singing backup on "Jump", "Hooked on Your Love" and "Something He Can Feel".
Ejogo was briefly married to Trip-hop artist Tricky. In 2000, she married American actor Jeffrey Wright, whom she met while making the HBO film Boycott. They have a son (Elijah) and a daughter (Juno). Ejogo and Wright have since divorced.
|1998||I Want You||Amber|
|2000||Love's Labour's Lost||Maria|
|What's the Worst That Could Happen?||Amber Belhaven|
|Boycott||Coretta Scott King|
|2004||Noel||Dr. Matthew Batiste|
|2007||The Brave One||Jackie|
|2008||Pride and Glory||Tasha|
|2009||Away We Go||Grace De Tessant|
|2012||Sparkle||Tammy "Sister" Anderson|
|Alex Cross||Maria Cross|
|2014||The Purge: Anarchy||Eva|
|Selma||Coretta Scott King|
|2015||Born to Be Blue||Jane / Elaine|
|2016||Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them||President Seraphina Picquery|
|2017||It Comes at Night||Sarah|
|Alien: Covenant – Prologue: Last Supper||Karine Oram||Short film|
|Roman J. Israel, Esq.||Maya|
|2018||Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald||President Seraphina Picquery|
|1996||Cold Lazarus||Blinda||4 episodes|
|1998||Catherine Cookson's Colour Blind||Rose Angela||2 episodes|
|Tube Tales||Girl||Episode: "Steal Away"|
|2000||Sally Hemings: An American Scandal||Sally Hemings||Television film|
|2001||Boycott||Coretta Scott King||Television film|
|2005||Lackawanna Blues||Alean Hudson||Television film|
|2007||M.O.N.Y.||Francine Tyson||Television film|
|2008||Law & Order||April Lannen||Episode: "Burn Card"|
|2011||CHAOS||Fay Carson||13 episodes|
|2013||Zero Hour||Rebecca "Beck" Riley||13 episodes|
|2017||The Girlfriend Experience||Bria Jones||7 episodes|
|2019||True Detective||Amelia Reardon||8 episodes|
|2020||Self Made||Addie||4 episodes|
|2020||Your Honor||Lee Delamere|
|2016||Lego Dimensions||Seraphina Picquery (voice)|
Awards and nominations
|2015||Black Reel Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Selma||Won|
|NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture||Won|
|Independent Spirit Awards||Best Supporting Female||Nominated|
|2016||Canadian Screen Awards||Best Actress||Born to Be Blue||Nominated|
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- Zahed, Ramin; "'Selma' allows Carmen Ejogo to play Coretta Scott King a second time", LATimes.com, 18 December 2014 (retrieved 26 December 2014).
- Ejogo, Carmen (15 December 2015). "[OFFICIAL TRAILER] Carmen Ejogo Stars As Seraphina in Harry Potter Spin-Off WATCH:". The B.L.A.C.K. Media. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
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