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Idris Elba          

English Actor, Producer, Rapper and DJ; Best Known for His Roles in "The Wire" & "Luther"

Idris Elba is an English actor, writer, producer, rapper, singer, songwriter and DJ. He is known for roles including Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire, DCI John Luther in the BBC One series Luther, and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. He has been nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, winning one, and was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award.

In addition to his acting work, Elba performs as a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis and as an R&B musician. In 2016, he was named in the Time 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World. As of May 2019, his films have grossed over $9.8 billion at the global box office, including over $3.6 billion in North America, where he is one of the top 20 highest-grossing actors.

Elba landed his first major acting role in the 2002 HBO drama series The Wire. From 2002 to 2004, Elba portrayed Russell "Stringer" Bell in the series, perhaps his best-known role in the United States. He then appeared in Sometimes in April, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and made an appearance on NBC's The Office.

In September 2009, Elba signed a deal to star as the lead role on the six-part BBC television series Luther. His performance in the show has earned him multiple Emmy nominations, multiple Golden Globe nominations and one win, and a SAG award.

In 2019, Elba began starring in the Netflix original series Turn Up Charlie. The show follows Charlie, a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend's problem-child daughter. In the same year, he performed at Coachella music festival.


Yes, Idris Elba is playing Coachella - CNN
(CNN) The sexiest man alive wants to make you dance. Idris Elba will be playing Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival in California in his gig as DJ Big Driis.
Idris Elba set to make Saturday Night Live hosting debut |
Idris Elba, long-rumored to be the next James Bond (but, like any good spy/agent, denies the rumors), has landed an equally coveted role. The 46-year-old ...
Idris Elba Partners With A Formerly Illiterate Mom To Tackle Adult Illiteracy
Idris Elba in African Series 'Brazza' Executive Producer Role ...
Idris Elba is heading to Africa for his next TV series, teaming with Germany's Tandem Productions (a StudioCanal company) and Havas Media's Save Ferris in  ...
Idris Elba training to become a professional kickboxer
The 43-year-old actor has been training for almost a year and will chronicle his journey in new docu-series 'Idris Elba: Fighter'...
'My diversity speech sparked BBC, Channel 4 and ITV summit'
Idris Elba is hailing his recent demand for greater diversity in TV castings as a step forward for the industry in a new NME chat.
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Idris Elba on Fatherhood and Hollywood Stereotypes
It was a fantastic year for Idris Elba, and not just because he sailed through a dust-up regarding his suitability to play James Bond — a role he has yet to be cast in — with aplomb.
Idris Elba on 'Beasts of No Nation' and Making Grown Men Cry ...
Idris Elba on why 'Beasts of No Nation' is not your typical movie abiut Africa, and why grown men cry when 'Stringer' speaks in a British accent.
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