That this 44-year-old British actor is recognizable to some as Solomon Northup from Steve McQueen’s 2013 12 Years a Slave and to others as Peter, the new husband of Keira Knightley’s Juliet, from Richard Curtis’s 2003 Love Actually is a testament to his craft—12 Years a Slave earned him an Academy Award nomination—but also his refusal to take himself too seriously. More recently, Ejiofor starred opposite Anne Hathaway in the pandemic comedy Locked Down. Next up is The Man Who Fell to Earth, a remake of the 1976 David Bowie film, premiering tomorrow on Showtime. Here, the actor answers our Take Five questionnaire, sharing the series he’s watching, the podcast he’s listening to, and his go-to app for a stroll around the countryside. —Julia Vitale


The Movie He’s Seeing

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand of God.


The Book He’s Reading

The Parisian, by Isabella Hammad.


The Series He’s Watching

Dopesick, on Hulu.


The Podcast He’s Listening To

The Coming Storm, hosted by Gabriel Gatehouse.


The App He’s Enjoying

The PictureThis plant identifier.