02/13/2014 03:50 pm ET Updated Apr 15, 2014

My Conversation With Chiwetel Ejiofor

Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by Chiwetel Ejiofor, whose commanding performance as Solomon Northup in 12 Years A Slave earned him an Oscar nomination. Trained in the theater, London-born Ejiofor has been called Britain's "first black movie star." His versatility is demonstrated by his range of roles -- from his breakthrough performance in the 2001 drama, Dirty Pretty Things, and Golden Globe-nominated turn in the HBO miniseries, Tsunami, to portraying South African President Mbeki in Endgame.

In the clip below, Ejiofor discusses talks the national conversation on race and human dignity sparked by 12 Years a Slave.

For more of our conversation, be sure to tune in to Tavis Smiley tonight on PBS. Check out our website for your local TV listings: