Carmen Ejogo

Carmen Ejogo


Life Story

Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo was born in Kensington, London, England, to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother. Her television career began in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s, where she presented the children's series Saturday Disney (1990). Subsequently, she has had an acting career in the United States. She has appeared in Metro (1997) with Eddie Murphy, What's the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) with Martin Lawrence, and Love's Labour's Lost (2000) with Kenneth Branagh, among other films, and also presented "The Carmen Ejogo Video Show" - her own video show on BSB's Power Station channel. She starred as Thomas Jefferson's slave concubine in the television drama Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000) as Sally Hemings and also as Sister Anderson in the remake version of the cult classic original film Sparkle (2012).

Ejogo is also a vocalist, having collaborated with several artists in the 1990s. 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'. She also sang vocals and duets with British artist Tricky on a song called "Slowly". Aside from "Candles", Ejogo appears on four songs of the Sparkle (2012) original soundtrack album from the movie of the same name, singing lead on "Yes I Do" (as a solo), and co-lead vocals with Jordin Sparks and Tika Sumpter on "Jump", "Hooked on Your Love" and "Something He Can Feel". She is also a member of Mensa International, the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world.


Jeffrey Wright (18 October 2001 - 2014) ( 2 children)


Attended the Oratory Roman Catholic Primary School and Glendower Preparatory School.
Attended and graduated from Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith, London.
Before becoming a successful actress in films and television, she used to present children's television on Saturday mornings with former Blue Peter presenter Stuart Miles.
Has a younger brother: British entrepreneur Charles Ejogo (born 1976).
Has two children with her now ex-husband Jeffrey Wright: Elijah and Juno Wright.
Portrayed Coretta Scott King in Boycott (2001) and Selma (2014).
Insisted that her witch-character in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) was left-handed, as left-handedness has been associated with dark magic and sorcery for centuries. Ejogo suggested to create emphasis on her dominant left-hand by adding rings to it. Costume designer Colleen Atwood loved the idea and several rings were created from scratch.
Is a member of Mensa International, the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world.
Currently resides in Brooklyn, New York City.

Personal Quotes 

I'm playing the president of a wizard association in the new Harry Potter movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016). We filmed in England, and it comes out in November. It was very exciting to be part of that legacy and to be part of the expansion of that aesthetic. I mean, on the topic of diversity, there's a whole swathe of children who didn't know they could engage in that because it was a very white, British thing. I feel very lucky - I've had a chance to morph and shape-shift throughout my career, and so to be a part of broadening this world in this way is very exciting to me.


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