Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo (//; born 22 October 1973) is a British television and film actress and singer. She began her career as a teenager hosting 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 in 2002
Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo
22 October 1973
|Residence||Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
(m. 1998; div. 1998)
(m. 2000; div. 2014)
|Relatives||Charles Ejogo (brother)|
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.
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.
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.
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".
|1996||Cold Lazarus||Blinda||4 episodes|
|1998||Catherine Cookson's Colour Blind||Rose Angela||2 episodes|
|1998||Tube Tales||Girl||Episode: "Steal Away"|
|2000||Sally Hemings: An American Scandal||Sally Hemings||TV movie|
|2001||Boycott||Coretta Scott King||TV movie|
|2005||Lackawanna Blues||Alean Hudson||TV movie|
|2007||M.O.N.Y.||Francine Tyson||TV movie|
|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|
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