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Ejiofor made his film debut in the television movie ''[[Deadly Voyage]]'' in 1996. He went on to become a prominent stage actor in London. In [[Steven Spielberg]]'s ''[[Amistad (film)|Amistad]]'', he gave memorable support to [[Djimon Hounsou]]'s Cinque as interpreter Ens. [[James Covey]]. In 1999, he appeared in the British film ''[[G:MT - Greenwich Mean Time|G:MT]]''. In 2000, he starred in ''[[Blue/Orange]]'' at the [[Royal National Theatre]] (Cottesloe stage), and later at the [[Duchess Theatre]]. That same year, his performance as Romeo in [[William Shakespeare]]'s ''[[Romeo and Juliet]]'' was nominated for the [[Ian Charleson Award]]. Ejiofor was awarded the Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer at the 2000 [[Critics' Circle Theatre Awards]]. For his performance in ''Blue/Orange'', he received the 2000 [[Evening Standard|London Evening Standard]] Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer and a 2001 nomination for the [[Laurence Olivier]] Theatre Award Best Supporting Actor.
Ejiofor had his first leading film role in the 2002's ''[[Dirty Pretty Things (film)|Dirty Pretty Things
]]'', for which he won a [[British Independent Film Awards 2003|British Independent Film Award]] for best actor. He also starred in a 2003 BBC adaptation of [[Geoffrey Chaucer|Chaucer's]] ''[[The Knight's Tale]]''. He starred alongside [[Hilary Swank]] in 2004's ''[[Red Dust (2004 film)|Red Dust]]'', portraying the fictional politician Alex Mpondo of post- [[apartheid]] [[South Africa]]. He played the central part of [[Prince Alemayehu|Prince Alamayou]] in Peter Spafford's radio play ''I was a stranger'', broadcast on [[BBC Radio 4]] on 17 May 2004. He also received acclaim for his performance as a complex antagonist [[List of minor characters in Firefly#The Operative|The Operative]] in the 2005 movie ''[[Serenity (film)|Serenity]]''. Ejiofor played a revolutionary in the highly acclaimed 2006 film ''[[Children of Men]]''. His singing and acting performance in ''[[Kinky Boots (film)|Kinky Boots]]'' received [[Golden Globe]] and British Independent Film Award nominations. He was also nominated for the 2006 [[Rising Star Award, BAFTA|BAFTA Rising Star Award]], which recognises emerging British film talent. Ejiofor's performance in ''[[Tsunami: The Aftermath]]'' received a 2007 Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a miniseries or film made for TV.
In 2007, he starred opposite [[Don Cheadle]] in ''[[Talk to Me (2007 film)|Talk to Me]]'',<ref>[http://www.focusfeatures.com/talktome/ ''Talk to Me''], FocusFeatures.com. Accessed 29 July 2007.</ref> a film based on the true story about [[Ralph "Petey" Greene]] (played by Cheadle), an African American radio personality in the '60s and '70s. He performed on stage in ''[[The Seagull]]'' at the [[Royal Court Theatre]] from 18 January to 17 March 2007.