Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Umeadi Ejiofor[3] CBE (/ˈtʃuːətɛl ˈɛdʒioʊfɔːr/ CHOO-ə-tel EJ-ee-oh-for;[4] born July 7, 1977)[3] is a British actor and director.[5]

After enrolling at the National Youth Theatre in 1995 and attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, at age 19 and three months into his course, Ejiofor was cast by Steven Spielberg to play a supporting role in the film Amistad (1997) as James Covey.[6][7]

Ejiofor portrayed the characters Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things (2002), Lola in Kinky Boots (2005), The Operative in Serenity (2005), Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013), Dr. Vincent Kapoor in The Martian (2015), Karl Mordo in Doctor Strange (2016), Dr. Watson in Sherlock Gnomes (2018) and Trywell Kamkwamba in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019). He voiced Scar in the 2019 remake of The Lion King, and will be featured in the upcoming fantasy film, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.[8] For 12 Years a Slave, he received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. He was nominated for a 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his performance on Dancing on the Edge.[9]

Ejiofor has received numerous awards and nominations for acting, including the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award in 2006, two Golden Globe Award nominations, and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance in Othello in 2008. In 2008, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts.[10] He was elevated to Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 Birthday Honours.[11]

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor by Gage Skidmore
Ejiofor at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Chiwetel Umeadi Ejiofor[1]

July 7, 1977 (age 42)
ResidenceIslington, London, England[2]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.[2]
NationalityEnglish (Nigerian heritage)
EducationDulwich Prep London
Dulwich College
Years active1995–present
RelativesZain Asher (sister)
Chidozie Ejiofor (cousin)

Early life

Ejiofor was born in London's Forest Gate, to upper middle-class Nigerian parents of Igbo descent.[12][13] His father, Arinze, was a doctor, and his mother, Obianuju, was a pharmacist. His younger sister is CNN correspondent Zain Asher.[14]

In 1988, when Ejiofor was 11, during a family trip to Nigeria for a wedding, he and his father were driving to Lagos after the celebrations when their car was involved in a head-on crash with a lorry. His father was killed, and Ejiofor was badly injured, and received scars that are still visible on his forehead.[15][16]

Ejiofor began acting in school plays at his junior school, Dulwich Prep London (known at the time as 'Dulwich College Preparatory School'), where he played the gravedigger in William Shakespeare's Hamlet. He continued acting at his senior school, Dulwich College and joined the National Youth Theatre. He got into the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art but left after his first year, after being cast in Steven Spielberg's film Amistad. He played the title role in Othello at the Bloomsbury Theatre in September 1995, and again at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow in 1996, when he starred opposite Rachael Stirling as Desdemona.


Ejiofor made his film debut in the television film Deadly Voyage (1996).[17] He went on to become a stage actor in London. In Steven Spielberg's Amistad,[17] he gave support to Djimon Hounsou's Cinque as interpreter Ensign James Covey. In 1999, he appeared in the British film G:MT – Greenwich Mean Time. 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 Critics' Circle Theatre Awards in 2000. For his performance in Blue/Orange, Ejiofor received the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer in 2000 and a nomination for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2001.[18]

Ejiofor had his first leading film role playing Nicky Burkett in Jeremy Cameron's It Was an Accident (2000). In 2002, he starred in Dirty Pretty Things,[17] for which he won a British Independent Film Award for best actor. In the following year, he was part of the ensemble cast of Love Actually,[17] starred in a BBC adaptation of Chaucer's The Knight's Tale and also starred on the BBC series Trust. Also in 2003, he starred in the lead role of Augustus in the radio production of Rita Dove's poetic drama "The Darker Face of the Earth", which premiered on the BBC World Service on 23 August of that year, marking the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. He starred alongside Hilary Swank in Red Dust (2004), portraying the fictional politician Alex Mpondo of post-apartheid South Africa. He played the central role of Prince Alamayou in Peter Spafford's radio play I Was a Stranger, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 17 May 2004, and he played the god Dionysus, alongside Paul Scofield's Cadmus and Diana Rigg's Agave, in Andrew Rissik's play, Dionysus, based upon Euripides' Bacchae, also broadcast by the BBC. He played Mike Terry, in the cult film Redbelt that received favourable reviews. He also received acclaim for his performance as a complex antagonist The Operative in the film Serenity (2005).[17] Ejiofor played a revolutionary in the film Children of Men (2006).[17] His singing and acting performance in Kinky Boots received a Golden Globe Award[17] and British Independent Film Award nomination. He was also nominated for the BAFTA Orange Rising Star Award in 2006, which recognises emerging British film talent. Ejiofor's performance in Tsunami: The Aftermath received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film in 2007.[17]

Chiwetel Ejiofor at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
Ejiofor at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Redbelt

In 2007, Ejiofor starred opposite Don Cheadle in Talk to Me,[19] a film based on the true story of Ralph "Petey" Greene (played by Cheadle), an African-American radio personality in the 1960s and 1970s. He performed on stage in The Seagull at the Royal Court Theatre from 18 January to 17 March 2007, then later that year reprised his role as Othello at the Donmar Warehouse, alongside Kelly Reilly as Desdemona and Ewan McGregor as Iago. The production received favourable reviews, with particularly strong praise for Ejiofor. "Chiwetel Ejiofor produces one of the most memorable performances of Othello in recent years".[20] He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor for his performance.[17] He also narrated for the BBC television film, Partition: The Day India Burned (2007), which was based on the Partition of India.

Ejiofor was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.[21] In the same year, he made his directorial debut in the short film Slapper, which he also wrote, based on an idea by editor/director Yusuf Pirhasan.[22] Ejiofor appeared alongside John Cusack in the film 2012 (2009). The film went on to gross over $700 million, and is among the list of highest-grossing films of all time and placing 5th of top films of 2009. He played CIA officer Darryl Peabody in Salt (2010), and the Golden Globe Award-nominated leading role of band creator Louis Lester on the BBC Two drama series Dancing on the Edge (2013), which played on Starz in the United States.[17]

In 2013, Ejiofor took on the role of Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave. The film was based on Northup's memoir, edited in 1968 by historians Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon, of Northup's experience as a free black man in New York, who was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery in Louisiana. On casting, director Steve McQueen said:

Chiwetel Ejiofor was always going to be Solomon Northup for me. I was looking for someone that had that genteelness, that kind of humanity. Knowing that humanity was going to be tested under certain duress and circumstances, I needed a person who could actually keep hold of that, even through periods of extraordinary trying and extraordinary situations where it would be tested to its absolute limit. He was the only person.[23]

At the Toronto International Film Festival, Ejiofor said he briefly hesitated about playing Northup. "You wait all your life for a great script to come through the door. You're hassling your agent and all that, and then it comes and you read it and your first reaction surprises you. Your first reaction being, 'Can I do this?'"[24] He accepted the role about 24 hours later.[25] As part of his preparation, Ejiofor learned to play the violin, collected slave stories, maintained a slave's edge up hairstyle, and engaged in some of the physical labour that Northup did like picking cotton.[26] Since he had not worked with McQueen before, Ejiofor also observed the working dynamic between the director and co-star Michael Fassbender, who worked with McQueen on Hunger (2008) and Shame (2011).[27] On playing Northup, Ejiofor did feel a responsibility, not being American, to get the story of Solomon Northup as current he could, adding "I've been very grateful to show the film to his descendants and see them be so proud of it."[28]

Chiwetel Ejiofor TIFF 2015
Ejiofor in 2015

12 Years a Slave opened to wide acclaim, with many critics citing Ejiofor's performance and declaring him an almost-certain Academy Award nominee for Best Actor.[24][26][28][29] From Owen Gleiberman at Entertainment Weekly: "It is Chiwetel Ejiofor's extraordinary performance that holds the movie together, and that allows us to watch it without blinking. He plays Solomon with a powerful inner strength, yet he never soft-pedals the silent nightmare that is Solomon's daily existence."[30] From Christopher Orr at The Atlantic: "Ejiofor has given notable performances in the past (Dirty Pretty Things, Serenity, Talk to Me), but this is by far his most essential role to date. Stoic, watchful, compromising himself just enough to stay alive, he is the point of stillness and decency around which spin the madnesses of the film."[31] In his The Hollywood Reporter review, Todd McCarthy wrote, "Ejiofor is terrific in a demanding character who's put through the wringer physically, mentally and emotionally."[32] On 16 January 2014, Ejiofor was officially nominated for Best Actor for the 86th Academy Awards on 2 March.

As of September 2013, Ejiofor was slated to portray Patrice Lumumba in a film adaptation of Aimé Césaire's A Season in the Congo, a role in which he had performed on stage at the Young Vic. Joe Wright, who directed the play, was to also direct the film.[33][34]

In 2014, Ejiofor starred in the Nigerian film Half of a Yellow Sun alongside Thandie Newton.[35]

It was announced in June 2014 that Ejiofor would play real-life drug dealer Thomas McFadden in film based on the book Marching Powder: A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America's Strangest Jail, written by McFadden and Australian journalist Rusty Young.[36] In 2016, Ejifor co-stars with his friend, Benedict Cumberbatch and played Baron Mordo in the Marvel film Doctor Strange.[37] That same year, it was announced that he would play Peter in the upcoming film Mary Magdalene, written by Helen Edmundson and directed by Garth Davis.[38] On 1 November 2017, he was officially chosen for the role of Scar for the computer animated remake, The Lion King (2019) directed by Jon Favreau.[39] Played by Jeremy Irons in the 1994 animated film, Ejiofor described Scar as more "psychologically possessed" and "brutalized" than in the original.[40] Ejiofor stated, "especially with Scar, whether it's a vocal quality that allows for a certain confidence or a certain aggression, to always know that at the end of it you’re playing somebody who has the capacity to turn everything on its head in a split second with outrageous acts of violence - that can completely change the temperature of a scene."[40] He also said that "[Scar and Mufasa's] relationship is completely destroyed and brutalized by Scar's way of thinking. He's possessed with this disease of his own ego and his own want."[40][41] Favreau said of casting Ejiofor, "[He] is just a fantastic actor, who brings us a bit of the mid-Atlantic cadence and a new take on the character. He brings that feeling of a Shakespearean villain to bear because of his background as an actor. It's wonderful when you have somebody as experienced and seasoned as Chiwetel; he just breathes such wonderful life into this character."[42]

In 2019, Ejiofor made his feature directorial debut with The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, adapted from the memoir of the same name from William Kamkwamba, about a boy who built a wind-powered water pump in Malawi.[43]

Personal life

Ejiofor is friends with fellow British actors Benedict Cumberbatch,[44] Idris Elba [45] and Andrew Lincoln, the last of whom he has been close to since they starred together in the play Blue/Orange in London in 2000.[46]

In 2015, Ejiofor was honoured with a Global Promise Award by The GEANCO Foundation, a non-profit welfare organisation in West Africa for his charity work in Nigeria.[47]

On 12 September 2016, Ejiofor, as well as Cate Blanchett, Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Kit Harington and Stanley Tucci, featured in a video from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness to the global refugee crisis. The video, titled "What They Took With Them", has the actors reading a poem, written by Jenifer Toksvig and inspired by primary accounts of real refugees, and is part of UNHCR's #WithRefugees campaign, of which also includes a petition to governments to expand asylum to provide further shelter, integrating job opportunities, and education.[48][49]



Year Title Role Director Notes
1997 Amistad Ensign James Covey Steven Spielberg
1999 G:MT – Greenwich Mean Time Rix John Strickland
2000 It Was an Accident Nicky Burkett Metin Hüseyin
2002 Dirty Pretty Things Okwe lander Stephen Frears
2003 Love Actually Peter Richard Curtis
Three Blind Mice Mark Hayward Mathias Ledoux
2004 She Hate Me Frank Wills Spike Lee
Red Dust Alex Mpondo Tom Hooper
Melinda and Melinda Ellis Moonsong Woody Allen
2005 Four Brothers Victor Sweet John Singleton
Serenity The Operative Joss Whedon
Slow Burn Ty Trippin Wayne Beach
Kinky Boots Simon / Lola Julian Jarrold
2006 Inside Man Detective Bill Mitchell Spike Lee
Children of Men Luke Alfonso Cuarón
2007 Talk to Me Dewey Hughes Kasi Lemmons
American Gangster Huey Lucas Ridley Scott
2008 Redbelt Mike Terry David Mamet
Slapper Himself Short film; writer, director
2009 Endgame Thabo Mbeki Pete Travis
2012 Dr. Adrian Helmsley Roland Emmerich
2010 Salt Darryl Peabody Phillip Noyce
2013 Savannah Christmas Moultrie Annette Haywood-Carter
12 Years a Slave Solomon Northup Steve McQueen
Half of a Yellow Sun Odenigbo Biyi Bandele
2015 Z for Zachariah John Loomis Craig Zobel
The Martian Vincent Kapoor Ridley Scott
Secret in Their Eyes Ray Kasten Billy Ray
2016 Triple 9 Michael Atwood John Hillcoat
Doctor Strange Karl Mordo Scott Derrickson
2018 Come Sunday Carlton Pearson Joshua Marston
Mary Magdalene Peter Garth Davis
Sherlock Gnomes Gnome Watson (voice) John Stevenson
2019 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind[50] Trywell Kamkwamba Himself Also writer and director
The Lion King Scar Jon Favreau
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Connal Joachim Rønning Post-production
TBA The Old Guard Gina Prince-Bythewood Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Deadly Voyage Ebow Television film
2001 Murder in Mind DS McCorkindale Episode: "Teacher"
2003 Twelfth Night Orsino Television film
Trust Ashley Carter 6 episodes
The Canterbury Tales Paul Segment: The Knight's Tale
2006 Tsunami: The Aftermath Ian Carter Television film
2007 Partition: The Day India Burned Narrator
2011 The Shadow Line Jonah Gabriel 7 episodes
2013 Dancing on the Edge Louis Lester 6 episodes
Phil Spector Mock Prosecutor Television film
2017 Red Nose Day Actually Peter Television short film
2019 Earth from Space Narrator 4 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Othello Othello Bloomsbury Theatre
1996 Othello Othello Theatre Royal, Glasgow
1997 Macbeth Malcolm Bristol Old Vic
1999 Sparkleshark Russell Royal National Theatre
2000 Blue/Orange Chris Royal National Theatre
Romeo and Juliet Romeo Montague Royal National Theatre
Peer Gynt Young Peer Royal National Theatre
2002 The Vortex Nicky Lancaster Donmar Warehouse
2007 The Seagull Boris Alexeyevich Trigorin Royal Court Theatre
Othello Othello Donmar Warehouse
2013 A Season in the Congo Patrice Lumumba Young Vic
2015 Everyman Everyman Royal National Theatre


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67th British Academy Film Awards

The 67th British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, were held on 16 February 2014 at the Royal Opera House in London, honouring the best national and foreign films of 2013. The nominations were announced on 8 January 2014 by actor Luke Evans and actress Helen McCrory. Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, accolades were handed out for the best feature-length film and documentaries of any nationality that were screened at British cinemas in 2013.Gravity won six of its eleven nominations, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Outstanding British Film, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music, Best Sound, and Best Special Visual Effects. 12 Years a Slave won Best Film and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Chiwetel Ejiofor. Cate Blanchett won Best Actress in a Leading Role for Blue Jasmine, Barkhad Abdi won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Captain Phillips, and Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for American Hustle.The ceremony was broadcast on BBC One and BBC Three. It was hosted by Stephen Fry, the ninth time he's hosted the ceremony. The ceremony opened with a duet call "Heroes" from Tinie Tempah and singer Laura Mvula. Viewing figures were the lowest since 2010, with 4.73 million watching the ceremony.

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Black Reel Award for Outstanding Actor

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Come Sunday (film)

Come Sunday is a 2018 American drama film based on Carlton Pearson's excommunication directed by Joshua Marston, from a screenplay by Marcus Hinchey. It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martin Sheen, Condola Rashad, Jason Segel, Danny Glover and Lakeith Stanfield.

The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2018 and was released in the United States on April 13, 2018, by Netflix.

Dancing on the Edge (TV series)

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Kinky Boots (film)

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List of accolades received by 12 Years a Slave (film)

12 Years a Slave is a 2013 historical drama film directed and produced by Steve McQueen. It is an adaptation of the 1853 autobiographical slave narrative memoir of the same name by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free negro who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as the protagonist, Northup. Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt (also a producer of the film), and Alfre Woodard feature in supporting roles. The screenplay based on the aforementioned memoir was written by John Ridley.Following successful screenings at the Telluride Film Festival and New York Film Festival, the film held its public premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People's Choice Award. Fox Searchlight Pictures initially gave the film a limited release at nineteen theaters on October 18, aimed primarily towards art house and African American patrons. The film was later given a wide release at over 1,100 theaters in the United States and Canada on November 8. 12 Years a Slave has grossed a worldwide total of over $187 million on a production budget of $20 million. As of 2017, it is McQueen's highest grossing film. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, surveyed 320 reviews and judged 96% to be positive.12 Years a Slave garnered awards and nominations in a variety of categories with particular praise for its direction, screenplay and the acting of its cast. At the 86th Academy Awards, the film received nine nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for McQueen and went on to win three awards: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay for Ridley, and Best Supporting Actress for Nyong'o. McQueen was the first black director to direct a Best Picture winning film as well as the first black producer to win Best Picture. The film earned seven nominations at the 71st Golden Globe Awards, winning for Best Motion Picture – Drama. At the 67th British Academy Film Awards, the film garnered ten nominations and went on to win two awards: Best Film and Best Actor for Ejiofor.At the Producers Guild of America Awards, 12 Years a Slave, tied with Gravity for Best Theatrical Motion Picture. The film received four nominations at the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards, with Nyong'o winning the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. McQueen was also nominated at the Directors Guild of America Awards. Both the American Film Institute and National Board of Review included the film in their list of top ten films of 2013.

Mary Magdalene (2018 film)

Mary Magdalene is a 2018 biblical drama film about the woman of the same name, written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett and directed by Garth Davis. It stars Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Tahar Rahim.

The film had its world premiere at the National Gallery on February 26, 2018. It was released in the United Kingdom on March 16, 2018, by Universal Pictures, in Australia on March 22, 2018, by Transmission Films, and in the United States on April 12, 2019, by IFC Films. It is the last film score completed by composer Jóhann Jóhannsson before his death.

Red Dust (2004 film)

Red Dust is a 2004 British drama film starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor and directed by Tom Hooper.The story, written by Troy Kennedy Martin, is based on the novel Red Dust by Gillian Slovo. The film was predominantly shot on location in South Africa, specifically in the town of Graaff Reinet.


Redbelt is a 2008 American martial arts film written and directed by David Mamet and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tim Allen, Alice Braga, Randy Couture, Ricky Jay, Joe Mantegna, Emily Mortimer, David Paymer, Rebecca Pidgeon, and Rodrigo Santoro. The film also features a number of martial-arts professionals. It opened in wide release in the United States and Canada on May 9, 2008.

Talk to Me (2007 film)

Talk to Me is a 2007 biographical film directed by Kasi Lemmons and starring Don Cheadle, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taraji P. Henson, Cedric the Entertainer, and Mike Epps. It is about Washington, D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist, and Dewey Hughes, his friend and manager. The film spans the time period May 1966 to January 1984, ending with the late Greene's memorial service.

The film premiered as the opening night film of the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival, on June 22, 2007. It opened in North America in a limited release on July 13, 2007 and nationwide on August 3, 2007. The film was shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and Washington, DC.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a 2019 British drama film written, directed by and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor in his feature directorial debut. The film is based on the memoir The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. It was screened in the Premieres section at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and began streaming in most territories on Netflix on 1 March 2019.

The Old Guard (upcoming film)

The Old Guard is an upcoming American action film directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. Based on the comic book of the same name, the film will star Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Triple 9

Triple 9 is a 2016 American action crime thriller film directed by John Hillcoat and written by Matt Cook. The film stars an ensemble cast featuring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Clifton Collins Jr., Norman Reedus, Teresa Palmer, Michael K. Williams, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson, and Kate Winslet. The film was released on February 26, 2016 in the United States by Open Road Films. The film polarized critics and audiences, and was a box office disappointment, grossing $25 million against its $20 million production budget.

Z for Zachariah (film)

Z for Zachariah is a 2015 science fiction drama film directed by Craig Zobel and starring Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine. Written by Nissar Modi, it is based on the book of the same name by Robert C. O'Brien, though the plot differs in some significant ways. The film was released on August 28, 2015, in the United States by Roadside Attractions. It received generally positive reviews from critics who mostly praised Robbie's performance but was a box office bomb grossing a mere $121,461.


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