Idris Elba

BirthDay:

06 Sep 1972

BirthPlace:

Hackney, London, England, UK

BirthName:

Idrissa Akuna Elba

Bio:

An only child, Idris Elba was born and raised in Hackney, London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at a Ford motor factory. His mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris went to school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. He gained a place in the National Youth Music Theatre - thanks to a £1,500 Prince's Trust grant.

He worked as a disc jockey in nightclubs under the nickname DJ Big Driis at age 19. However, he began auditioning for television roles in his early twenties. He has starred in both British and American productions. One of his first acting roles was on the British soap opera Family Affairs (1997). His breakthrough role came when he landed a starring role on the American television series The Wire (2002). He later starred in the films Prom Night (2008), RocknRolla (2008), The Unborn (2009) and Obsessed (2009). He also appeared in the films American Gangster (2007), Takers (2010), Thor (2011), Prometheus (2012), Pacific Rim (2013) and Thor: The Dark World (2013).
Filmography

Actor ( 122 credits )

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Heimdall
The Mountain Between Us (2017) Ben Payne
The Dark Tower (2017) The Gunslinger
Molly's Game (2017)
The Take (2016)
Star Trek Beyond (2016) (rumored)
Finding Dory (2016) (voice)
A Hundred Streets (2016) Max
The Jungle Book (2016) Shere Khan (voice)
Zootopia (2016) Chief Bogo (voice)
Live Boxing (2016)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Heimdall
The Gunman (2015)
Story of Now (2015)  Himself - Presenter
Glastonbury 2015 (2015)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2015)
Second Coming (2014) Mark
No Good Deed (2014)
The Ones to Watch (2014)  Himself
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Thor: The Dark World (2013) Heimdall
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) Nelson Mandela
Pacific Rim (2013) Stacker Pentecost
Idris Elba: King of Speed (2013)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Movie Guide (2013)  Stacker Pentecost (1 episode, 2013)
The Queen Latifah Show (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
The Frame (2013)  Stacker Pentecost (archive footage) (1 episode, 2013)
Prometheus (2012) Janek
Oprah's Next Chapter (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
The Hollywood Fast Lane (2012)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2013)
Vivir de cine (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
CBS This Morning (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Playhouse Presents (2012)  Akuna's Father / ... (1 episode, 2015)
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011) Moreau
Gumball 3000: LDN 2 NYC (2011) Himself
Thor (2011) Heimdall
Politics Nation with Al Sharpton (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Takers (2010) Gordon Jennings
Legacy (2010) Malcolm Gray
The Losers (2010) Roque
Luther (2010)  DCI John Luther (15 episodes, 2010-2013)
The Big C (2010)  Lenny (4 episodes, 2010)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Gumball 3000 med Erik och Mackan (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Obsessed (2009) Derek
The Unborn (2009) Arthur Wyndham
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
Lopez Tonight (2009)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Live from Studio Five (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Formula 1: BBC Sport (2009)  Himself (uncredited) (18 episodes, 2014)
Mark at the Movies (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices (2009) (1 episode, 2009)
RocknRolla (2008) Mumbles
The Human Contract (2008) Larry
Prom Night (2008) Detective Winn
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008)  Charlie Gotso (1 episode, 2008)
Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange (2008)  Himself - Host
This Christmas (2007) Quentin Whitfield
American Gangster (2007) Tango
28 Weeks Later (2007) Stone
The Reaping (2007) Ben
Daddy's Little Girls (2007) Monty
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (7 episodes, 2007-2013)
Reel Junkie (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The ONE Show (2006)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
The Gospel (2005) Reverend Charles Frank
The Office (2005)  Charles Miner (7 episodes, 2009)
Attack of the Show! (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (4 episodes, 2010-2013)
The Hour (2005)  Himself (3 episodes, 2012)
Jonny Zero (2005)  Hodge (1 episode, 2005)
The Paul O'Grady Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
One Love (2003) Aaron
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself - Guest (3 episodes, 2011-2013)
Queens Supreme (2003)  Carla (1 episode, 2007)
The Wire (2002)  Russell 'Stringer' Bell (37 episodes, 2002-2004)
CSI: Miami (2002)  Angelo Sedaris (1 episode, 2003)
Hack (2002)  Mac Boone (1 episode, 2002)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Buffalo Soldiers (2001) Kimborough
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001)  Robert Gabriel (1 episode, 2002)
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Sorted (2000) Jam
Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000)  Police Officer (1 episode, 2011)
Girlfriends (2000)  Paul Raymond (1 episode, 2005)
Soul Food (2000)  Smitty (1 episode, 2003)
In Defence (2000)  PC Paul Fraser (1 episode, 2000)
Breakfast (2000)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Belle maman (1999) Grégoire
Verdict (1998)  PC Brian Rawlinson (1 episode, 1998)
Behind the Mask (1997) Ovronramwen
Family Affairs (1997)  Tim Webster (7 episodes, 1997)
Silent Witness (1996)  Charlie (2 episodes, 1997)
Insiders (1996)  Robinson Bennett (6 episodes, 1997)
Dangerfield (1995)  Matt Gregory (12 episodes, 1999)
The Governor (1995)  Officer Chiswick (2 episodes, 1996)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Space Precinct (1994)  Pizza Delivery Man (1 episode, 1994)
Extra (1994)  Himself - No Good Deed (1 episode, 2014)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Good Day L.A. (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Absolutely Fabulous (1992)  Hilton (1 episode, 1995)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
2point4 Children (1991)  the Parachute Instructor (1 episode, 1994)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Law & Order (1990)  Lonnie Liston (1 episode, 2001)
Rap City (1989)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
CNN Newsroom (1989)  Himself - Unicef Imagine Campaign (1 episode, 2014)
London's Burning (1988)  Cpl. Frost / ... (2 episodes, 2001)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Sidewalks Entertainment (1988)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2010)
Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987)  Pest Controller / ... (4 episodes, 1996)
The Bill (1984)  Alex Mason / ... (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself - No Good Deed (2 episodes, 2014)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Alive Alone (0) Jamal
The Trap (0)

Producer ( 8 credits )

A Hundred Streets (2016) producer
Beasts of No Nation (2015) producer
No Good Deed (2014) executive producer
Demons Never Die (2011) executive producer
Walk Like a Panther (2011) executive producer (1 episode)
Milk & Honey (2011) executive producer (1 episode, 2012)
Legacy (2010) executive producer
Luther (2010) associate producer (12 episodes, 2010-2013)

Writer ( 1 credit )

Playhouse Presents (2012) (1 episode, 2013)

Director ( 1 credit )

Playhouse Presents (2012) (1 episode, 2013)

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