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'Funny name will wreck acting career'

Bafta Award-winning actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (right) has said he was warned that he would find it hard to work as an actor because he had a "funny name".

The 37-year-old Londoner, who wowed audiences with his performance in Oscar-winning film 12 Years A Slave, was told that if he stuck with Chiwetel he would play Africans for the rest of his career.

But he brushed aside the name-change discussions at drama school and replied: "I don't give a s***."

He told the Guardian's Weekend magazine: "I was a kid with this funny name. People were like, 'It's going to be quite difficult for you to make any money as an actor'."