Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo was born in Kensington, London, England, to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother. Her television career began in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s, where she presented the children’s series Saturday Disney (1990). Subsequently, she has had an acting career in the United States. She has appeared in Metro (1997) with Eddie Murphy, What’s the Worst That Could Happen? (2001) with Martin Lawrence, and Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000) with Kenneth Branagh, among other films, and also presented “The Carmen Ejogo Video Show” – her own video show on BSB’s Power Station channel. She starred as Thomas Jefferson’s slave concubine in the television drama Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000) as Sally Hemings and also as Sister Anderson in the remake version of the cult classic original film Sparkle (2012).