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CARMEN EJOGO BIOGRAPHY

Spouse Jeffrey Wright

Son Elijah Wright

Father, Charles, was a Nigerian entrepreneur (now deceased)

Mother, Elizabeth, is a Scottish tour guide

Brother, Charles Jr., is a law student (b. 1976)

Her father is Nigerian and her mother is Scottish.

Before becoming big in the Film and TV, she used to present Children's TV on Saturday mornings with former Blue Peter presenter Stuart Miles.

A beautiful British actress of biracial heritage, Carmen Ejogo made her film debut in a small role in Julien Temple's "Absolute Beginners" (1986) and then concentrated on stage and television work. She returned 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". Carmen recently starred in the HBO film, BOYCOTT, playing a young Coretta Scott King, wife to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Not only did the actress play the wife of the legendary civil rights leader's wife, Carmen met her future husband, actor Jeffrey Wright, who played Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the same movie. The actress wed Jeffrey in December 2001 right before giving birth to the couple's first child together, son, Elijah.

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LAST REVISED: SEPTEMBER 8, 2002