Idris Elba

Actor, DJ
British-born actor Idris Elba mesmerized American television viewers on three seasons of HBO's gold-standard crime drama, "The Wire" (2002-08), playing Stringer Bell, a brilliant, Machiavellian cocaine entrepreneur ... Read more »
Born: 09/05/1972 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (60)

Bastille Day 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Idris Elba Project 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

The Jungle Book (Disney) 2015 (Movie)

Shere Khan (Voice)

Alive Alone 2014 (Movie)

Jamal (Actor)

Beasts of No Nation 2014 (Movie)

Commander (Actor)

Going for Gold 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

No Good Deed 2014 (Movie)

Colin (Actor)

Second Coming 2014 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

Enchanted Kingdom 2013 (Movie)

Narrator (Voice)

Luther 2001 - 2005, 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 2013 (Movie)

Nelson Mandela (Actor)

Pacific Rim 2013 (Movie)

Stacker Pentecost (Actor)

Thor: The Dark World 2013 (Movie)

Heimdall (Actor)

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D 2012 (Movie)

Moreau (Actor)

Prometheus 2012 (Movie)

Janek (Actor)

BET Awards '11 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Thor 2011 (Movie)

Heimdall (Actor)

Takers 2010 (Movie)

Gordon Jennings (Actor)

The Big C 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Losers 2010 (Movie)

Roque (Actor)

2009 BET Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Legacy 2009 (Movie)

Malcolm Gray (Actor)

Obsessed 2009 (Movie)

Derek Charles (Actor)

The Office 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Unborn 2009 (Movie)

Arthur Wyndham (Actor)

Prom Night 2008 (Movie)

Detective Winn (Actor)

RocknRolla 2008 (Movie)

Mumbles (Actor)

The BET Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Human Contract 2008 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 2001 - 2003, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wire 2001 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

28 Weeks Later 2007 (Movie)

General Stone (Actor)

American Gangster 2007 (Movie)

Tango (Actor)

BET Hip-Hop Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Ball Don't Lie 2007 (Movie)

Dante (Actor)

The Reaping 2007 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

This Christmas 2007 (Movie)

Quentin Whitfield (Actor)

Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls 2007 (Movie)

Monty (Actor)

2005 Black Movie Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Girlfriends 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jonny Zero 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Gospel 2005 (Movie)

Reverend Charles Frank (Actor)

One Love 2004 (Movie)

Aaron (Actor)

Buffalo Soldiers 2003 (Movie)

Kimborough (Actor)

CSI: Miami 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Soul Food 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hack 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Inspector Lynley Mysteries 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sorted 2000 (Movie)

Jam (Actor)

Ultraviolet 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Belle Maman 1999 (Movie)

Gregoire (Actor)

Silent Witness: Blood, Sweat and Tears 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

All in the Game (TV Show)

Actor

Sometimes in April (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

Beasts of No Nation 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

No Good Deed 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Demons Never Die 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Legacy 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (1)

K.Michelle: Rebellious Soul - The Musical 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Director

Biography

British-born actor Idris Elba mesmerized American television viewers on three seasons of HBO's gold-standard crime drama, "The Wire" (2002-08), playing Stringer Bell, a brilliant, Machiavellian cocaine entrepreneur aspiring to evolve his operation into real estate and citywide power-brokering. The career-defining role catapult Elba from obscure British actor to international acclaim as one of Hollywood's most wanted men. Also a singer and deejay, releasing records in the former capacity as Driis and working in the latter as Big Driis or DJ Driis the Londoner, Elba rode his smoldering "Wire" ethos to "It" status in both the hip-hop community and broader popular culture, which included a feature lead opposite Beyoncé Knowles in the thriller "Obsessed" (2009) and a prominent multi-episode guest role as the new office boss on the hit comedy, "The Office" (NBC, 2005- ). After receiving widespread critical acclaim for his portrayal of the titular troubled detective "Luther" (BBC One, 2010- ), Elba was seemingly everywhere, appearing in a string of blockbusters that included the superhero epic "Thor" (2011) and Ridley Scott's highly anticipated "Prometheus" (2012). As he continued to showcase his versatility, Elba, typically sans his native Cockney accent, carved a niche as a go-to actor for characters exuding a quiet strength and deliberative cool.

Relationships

Winston

Father

Eve

Mother

Isan Elba

Daughter
Born 2002; mother, Dormowa Sherman

Dormowa Sherman

Wife
Married for four years before divorcing 1999

Milestones

2013

Featured in the tech-heavy summer movie "Pacific Rim"

2012

Played the titular ship's captain in "Prometheus," directed by Ridley Scott

2012

Cast opposite Nicolas Cage in the sequel "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

2011

Portrayed Heimdall in Kenneth Branagh's big screen adaptation of "Thor"

2010

Portrayed Laura Linney's lover on Showtime's "The Big C"

2010

Cast as William Roque in the adaptation of the comic book series "The Losers"

2010

Cast as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther on the psychological crime series "Luther"; aired in the U.S. on BBC America

2009

Starred in the thriller "Obsessed" with Beyonce Knowles and Ali Larter

2009

Played the recurring role of Charles Miner, a new rival to Dunder Mifflin regional manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell) on NBC's "The Office"

2008

Co-starred in Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla"

2008

Appeared in the role of Charlie Kgotso on the pilot episode of HBO's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"

2007

Landed a supporting role in Ridley Scott's "American Gangster" alongside Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe

2007

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

2007

Co-produced and performed on the intro to Jay-Z's album American Gangster

2007

Cast as the commander of an American-led NATO force in the sequel "28 Weeks Later"

2005

Portrayed Captain Augustin Muganza in the HBO film "Sometimes in April" about the Rwandan Genocide

2005

Played Rev. Frank, a Southern Baptist minister, in Rob Hardy's spiritual drama "The Gospel"

2002

Portrayed drug kingpin Russell 'Stringer' Bell on HBO drama series "The Wire"

2001

Co-starred with Joaquin Phoenix in "Buffalo Soldiers"

2001

Cast as Achilles in the stage play "Troilus and Cressida" in NYC

1999

Played a forensic scientist on the British series "Dangerfield" (BBC)

1998

Cast as a regular on acclaimed series "Ultraviolet" (The Sci Fi Channel)

1997

Joined the cast of the British soap opera "Family Affairs" (Five)

1995

Landed first role on the British series "Bramwell" (ITV)

Left school at 16 and won a place in the National Youth Music Theatre

Formed his own DJ company with some friends at age 15

Worked in nightclubs under the DJ nickname 'Big Driis' by the age of 19

Bonus Trivia

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Elba was named one of the "Ten Hottest Men on the Planet" by Essence magazine in April 2004.

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The actor was featured as one of People magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People in the World" for the May 2007 issue.

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