How do you pronounce Chiwetel Ejiofor?

Struggle to say the 12 Years A Slave actor's name? We show you how...

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You’d recognise him from Love Actually. You probably saw him in Dancing on the Edge, 2012 or The Shadow Line. And he’s set to appear in upcoming films Savannah, Half of a Yellow Sun and 12 Years a Slave. 

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But just how do you say his name?

It is a tricky one. And we’re sure Chitwetel would understand our trouble – he seems like a pretty nice guy. But the 36-year-old Brit is poised for big things, especially if he finds himself nominated for best actor at next year’s Oscars, so it’s high time we mastered those consonants and vowels. 

Let’s break it down… 

CHOO-it-tell EDGE-ee-oh-for. 

If you need a little more help, here’s the man himself saying it:

And a few examples to help you on your way…

Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in Oscar contender 12 Years a Slave alongside Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch. 


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