Featured in the tech-heavy summer movie "Pacific Rim"
Cast opposite Nicolas Cage in the sequel "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance"
Played the titular ship's captain in "Prometheus," directed by Ridley Scott
Portrayed Heimdall in Kenneth Branagh's big screen adaptation of "Thor"
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Portrayed Laura Linney's lover on Showtime's "The Big C"
Cast as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther on the psychological crime series "Luther"; aired in the U.S. on BBC America
Cast as William Roque in the adaptation of the comic book series "The Losers"
Starred in the thriller "Obsessed" with Beyonce Knowles and Ali Larter
Played the recurring role of Charles Miner, a new rival to Dunder Mifflin regional manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell) on NBC's "The Office"
Co-starred in Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla"
Appeared in the role of Charlie Kgotso on the pilot episode of HBO's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"
Played the lead role in Tyler Perry's "Daddy's Little Girls' as a blue-collar mechanic who falls in love with a six-figure attorney
Co-produced and performed on the intro to Jay-Z's album American Gangster
Cast as the commander of an American-led NATO force in the sequel "28 Weeks Later"
Landed a supporting role in Ridley Scott's "American Gangster" alongside Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe
Played Rev. Frank, a Southern Baptist minister, in Rob Hardy's spiritual drama "The Gospel"
Portrayed Captain Augustin Muganza in the HBO film "Sometimes in April" about the Rwandan Genocide
Portrayed drug kingpin Russell 'Stringer' Bell on HBO drama series "The Wire"
Cast as Achilles in the stage play "Troilus and Cressida" in NYC
Co-starred with Joaquin Phoenix in "Buffalo Soldiers"
Played a forensic scientist on the British series "Dangerfield" (BBC)
Cast as a regular on acclaimed series "Ultraviolet" (The Sci Fi Channel)
Joined the cast of the British soap opera "Family Affairs" (Five)
Landed first role on the British series "Bramwell" (ITV)
Left school at 16 and won a place in the National Youth Music Theatre
Worked in nightclubs under the DJ nickname 'Big Driis' by the age of 19
Formed his own DJ company with some friends at age 15
Elba was named one of the "Ten Hottest Men on the Planet" by Essence magazine in April 2004.