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Idris Elba (born 06.11.1972) is an English actor possibly best known for his roles as drug lord Russell "Stringer" Bell in American show 'The Wire' and DCI John Luther in BBC series 'Luther'.
Childhood: Idris Elba grew up in Canning Town, East London. His parents are Winston, a Ford factory worker from Sierra Leone, and Eve, a clerical worker from Ghana; both met in Africa before moving to the UK. When he was 14, he helped his uncle with his job as a wedding DJ and later set up his own DJ company where he played in nightclubs under the name Big Driis. He left school at 16 and joined the National Youth Music Theatre with a grant from the Prince's Trust.
Acting Career: Idris Elba's first credited TV role was as a gigolo on the hit 90s comedy series 'Absolutely Fabulous' which starred Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. He was Tim Webster in the soap opera 'Family Affairs' and rose to fame in 1998 as Vaughan Rice in the horror series 'Ultraviolet'. He landed his first starring role in 'The Wire' in 2002 after he moved to the US. In 2005, he impressed in American series 'Sometimes in April' and in 2009 he took on a new role in the hit comedy 'The Office'. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy after making a guest appearance in 'The Big C' and won a Golden Globe as the lead actor in 'Luther'. Idris has appeared in several films, taking on the lead role in 'Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls' in 2007. He also made appearances in the zombie film '28 Weeks Later', 'American Gangster', 'This Christmas', Guy Ritchie's 'RocknRolla' and the horror flick 'The Unborn'. He had a starring role opposite Beyonce Knowles in 'Obsessed' and portrayed a soldier in 2010's 'Legacy'. Most recently, he was in the Marvel based flicks 'Thor' and 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' and Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'. He is due to appear in the sci-fi dystopia 'Pacific Rim' and has the starring role in an upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic. Idris Elba: Music Career Idris Elba has appeared in several music videos including for Fat Joe, Angie Stone and Giggs in 2001 and Busta Rhymes in 2009. He released his first EP, 'Big Man', on Hevlar Records in 2006 and performed on the intro on Jay-Z's 'American Gangster' album. He released his first single, 'Please Be True', and his second EP, 'Kings Among Kings', in 2009 and his third EP, 'High Class Problems Vol. 1' came out in the UK in 2010. He performed on the intro on Pharoahe Monch's album 'W.A.R.' in 2011 and in Mumford & Sons video for 'Lover of the Light' in 2012.
Personal Life: Idris Elba was formerly married to Dormowa Sherma with whom he has a daughter, Isan. He lives between his home in London and his home in Atlanta close to where Isan lives. He is the Anti-Crime Ambassador for the Prince's Trust and supports the football club Arsenal F.C.
Idris Elba shoots his latest TV series, a comedy entitled 'Turn Up Charlie', next to the River Thames in London. As well as the star he is also the executive producer on the show, which follows a struggling DJ who takes it upon himself to take his best friend's daughter under his wing - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 17th July 2018
Idris Elba's ready to sign on for the upcoming 'Fast & Furious' movie, tackling the villain role.
Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) will be making their 'Fast & Furious' return in a spinoff movie aptly titled 'Hobbs and Shaw', set for release in August 2019, and now some details surrounding exactly who'll be joining them have started to emerge.
Idris Elba's joining the 'Fast & Furious' franchise
Chris Morgan is serving as writer on the film, with David Leitch slipping into the director's chair following his work on 'Atomic Blonde' and the recently-released 'Deadpool 2', which won critical fanfare. It's fair to say that the duo will bring a heap of action to the movie, and their latest reported signing could be right in the midst of it all.
Continue reading: Idris Elba Will Play The Villain In 'Fast & Furious' Spinoff
Idris Elba has unveiled his new indie imprint 7Wallace Music.
Twelve years after dropping his debut EP 'Big Man', Idris Elba has finally launched a record label of his very own. And not only that, but he's also announced the label's first ever signing: James BKS. He's a musician and producer who's been making music as long as Idris himself.
Idris Elba at the Sundance premiere of 'Yardie'
James BKS - real name James Edjouma - is a French-Cameroonian musician who has previously worked alongside Diddy, Snoop Dogg and Talib Kweli as a producer. He's been producing and composing since around 2006 and while he has been involved with labels before, he's enjoyed a good few years as an independent artist.
Continue reading: Who Is James BKS? Idris Elba Unveils The First Signing On His New Label
If a 'Dark Tower' TV series goes ahead at Amazon, there's no word yet on whether or not Idris Elba would return to his role as The Gunslinger.
Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' book series is one of the most popular franchises the author has put together. Unfortunately, when the story made the move to the big screen last year, with Idris Elba in the leading role of The Gunslinger, starring opposite Matthew McConaughey's Villainous Man in Black, it flopped in the box office and was panned by critics and wider viewing audiences alike.
Idris Elba starred as The Gunslinger in the movie adaptation of Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower'
What's really interesting for those who love the novels however, is the fact that a television series was being worked on before the film was released. Currently in development behind-the-scenes at Amazon, there hasn't been much news as to whether or not the show would indeed go ahead, or if it had been shelved for the foreseeable future.
Continue reading: Amazon Studios Head Promises 'The Dark Tower' TV Series Isn't "Dead"
He's been very busy with his filmmaking ventures recently.
With Disney making endless live action adaptations of animated classics, it seems 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' could be the next to return to our screens; though this will be rebooted for Netflix with none other than Idris Elba at the helm. Few further details have yet been revealed.
Idris Elba at the royal wedding
The 45-year-old is also set to star in and produce the forthcoming retelling of the 1831 Victor Hugo novel, though we personally can't see him playing the bell-tower dwelling outcast Quasimodo. It won't be a direct live action translation, however; this is thought to be set in the present day according to reports.
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre at the wedding of Prince Harry and former actress Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle. The couple have now been named the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - Windsor, United Kingdom - Saturday 19th May 2018
He popped the question to his girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre on stage.
The super smooth Idris Elba proved just how romantic he could be by proposing to his girlfriend of one year Sabrina Dhowre in a London cinema full of people during the preview for his directorial debut 'Yardie' over the weekend. Spoiler alert! She said yes.
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre at the Ferrari: Under The Skin exhibition
It might not sound like the most romantic of settings, but the 45-year-old wanted to make the preview of his first ever feature film directing venture at Rio Cinema in East London on Saturday (February 10th 2018) all the more special by asking his girlfriend to marry him. She certainly seemed to appreciate the gesture.
Continue reading: Idris Elba Gets Engaged At 'Yardie' Screening
Meghan Markle's engagement to Prince Harry means she can become a role model for all women, Elba believes.
The 45 year old star of ‘Luther’ and ‘The Wire’ was speaking before a Buckingham Palace dinner to honour the work of the Prince’s Trust. He was asked about the importance of black and mixed race role models, and whether Ms Markle could make a difference through her engagement to the youngest prince.
“Meghan Markle, as a person, regardless of her colour, is a role model,” Elba said in comments reported by The Independent on Friday (December 15th).
Idris Elba arrives at the UK film premiere of 'Molly's Game' at the Vue West End, Leicester Square. Directed by Aaron Sorkin, the film follows the true story of Molly Bloom who became a major player in the poker world when she set up her own exclusive club - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 6th December 2017
The most riotously enjoyable Marvel movie yet, this action epic benefits hugely from the decision to let wacky New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi loose with the characters. In many ways, this film has the same comical sensibilities as his classics What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Except on a much larger scale with massive special effects. Yet even with all this action, there's not a moment of actual suspense, which is a growing problem in a movie universe in which the characters need to survive unscathed.
Ragnarok is a prophecy about the end of time, specifically the death of King Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and the destruction of Asgard. And it has just been triggered, stopping Odin's sons Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in their tracks with the news that they have an older sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett), the self-proclaimed goddess of death. As she brutally asserts her claim to the throne, the brothers find themselves dumped on the planet Sakaar. Loki mischievously worms his way into the favour of the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), who sends Thor into the coliseum to fight the champion, namely his old friend Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). As Thor convinces Hulk's alter-ego David Banner to return with him to Asgard to stop Hela, he also needs Asgard's last Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a tetchy warrior who is reluctant to work with him.
Continue reading: Thor: Ragnarok Review
The pair star in the Mountain Between Us together
British acting icons, Kate Winslet and Idris Elba are taking cinematic screens by storm with their new film, The Mountain Between Us. With decades of acting experience and scores of TV series and films on their collective CVs, the pair make for quite an impressive lead duo.
Kate Winslet revealed Idris Elba was nervous about their sex scenes
However, Kate has recently revealed Idris was incredibly nervous when filming the movie’s sex scenes and she had to take the lead to get the awkward filming done.
Continue reading: Kate Winslet Reveals Idris Elba Was Nervous Filming Sex Scenes With Her
The actor says he's a big fan of musicals.
Many people know Idris Elba as an action star. He's brought gritty detective drama 'Luther' to fans across the globe, starred as The Gunslinger in the film adaptation of Stephen King's novel series 'The Dark Tower' and is even considered one of the frontrunners to take on the role of James Bond, when Daniel Craig finally kicks the film franchise to the curb.
Idris Elba was seen a little worse for wear earlier this year, but soldiered on in true fashion
So, it may be a little surprising for some to hear that Elba was interested in picking up one of the leading roles in the recent Disney live-adaptation of classic film, 'Beauty and the Beast'. Elba says he wanted to tackle the role of the villainous Gaston, admitting he's a huge fan of musicals in the process.
Continue reading: Idris Elba Auditioned For Gaston In Live-Action 'Beauty And The Beast'
'Titanic' fans just would not forgive her if she didn't go through with it.
Kate Winslet is set to appear alongside Idris Elba on the adventure drama 'The Mountain Between Us' this Fall, which sees her perform many an action stunt - including getting dunked into ice cold water twenty years after the first time she did it in 'Titanic'.
Kate Winslet and Idris Elba in 'The Mountain Between Us'
The 41-year-old spoke about this particular scene on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon', admitting that there was no way her fanbase would forgive her if she shied away from completing the stunt - especially the ones who continue to insist that there was enough room on that floating door for Jack as well as Rose on 'Titanic'.
Continue reading: Why Kate Winslet Could Not Avoid Ice Stunt On 'The Mountain Between Us'
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