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Grace De Tessant
Carmen Ejogo (Grace De Tessant) was an Image Award nominee for portraying civil rights activist Coretta Scott King in Clark Johnson’s telefilm Boycott.
Born in London, England to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother, she has starred notably in film and on television in both the U.K. and the U.S. Her first major roles were in two U.K. television miniseries; Cold Lazarus, directed by Renny Rye from the final teleplay of renowned writer Dennis Potter, and Colour Blind, directed by Alan Grint.
Ms. Ejogo’s early U.K. film work includes Julien Temple’s Absolute Beginners; Jeremiah Chechik’s The Avengers; Michael Winterbottom’s I Want You; and Charles McDougall’s “Steal Away” segment of the telefilm Tube Tales.
Her portrayal of the real-life title character in Charles Haid’s U.S. miniseries Sally Hemings: An American Scandal, opposite Sam Neill as Thomas Jefferson, brought her to critics’ and audiences’ attention, as well as to America, where she now lives.
Ms. Ejogo’s subsequent films include Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, opposite Matthew Lillard; Thomas Carter’s Metro, opposite Eddie Murphy; Sam Weisman’s What’s the Worst That Could Happen?; Chazz Palminteri’s Noel; Neil Jordan’s The Brave One; Gavin O’Connor’s Pride and Glory, opposite Edward Norton; and George C. Wolfe’s Humanitas Prize-winning telefilm Lackawanna Blues, for which she was again an Image Award nominee and for which she was honored with a Black Reel Award.