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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.



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Idris Elba Lands Fourth Win Of 2016 At London Evening Standard British Film Awards


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Award shows continue to bring shame on the forthcoming Academy Awards for not giving Idris Elba a nomination, as the London Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor marks the 'Beasts Of No Nation' star's fourth win of the year (but remember, the BAFTAs are still to come!).

Idris Elba in Beasts Of No NationIdris Elba takes home his fourth award of 2016

Idris Elba took home the Best Actor prize for his part in the harrowing Golden Globe-nominated Netflix movie 'Beasts Of No Nation' about the plight of child soldiers in an African civil war. It comes off the back of his two wins at Screen Actors Guild Awards for the same movie and the detective series 'Luther', and his Critics Choice Television Award for the latter.

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Dame Helen Mirren Says It's "Unfair" To Attack The Oscars Over Diversity Row


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Former Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren has mounted a defence of the Academy over its much publicised lack of diversity in its nominations, saying that it’s “unfair” to attack them when the real problem lies elsewhere in the industry.

The English screen icon, who stars in the Oscar-nominated movie Trumbo, was speaking to Jon Snow of Channel 4 News when she was asked whether the Academy and the industry were “behind the times” for not nominating a single black actor for the second year in a row.

Mirren said she felt it was “unfair to attack the Academy” and that “it just so happened it went that way” this year.

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Idris Elba Is A Double Winner At The 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards


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Continuing awards season was the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday (January 30th 2016), which certainly set a fine example for the Oscars with its recognition of diversity. There were few surprises among this year's winners, and it was CBS comedienne Carol Burnett who took home the Life Achievement Award.

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Landing the top award of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture was Tom McCarthy's 'Spotlight' starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams; a movie which has already landed an AFI Award and DGA Award this year, to coincide with its six Academy Award nominations. Leading Male Actor was of course Leonardo DiCaprio for 'The Revenant'; the Golden Globe winner and everyone's favourite to finally win an Oscar this year. Leading Female Actor was another Golden Globe winner, Brie Larson from 'Room', while Supporting Female Actor went to Alicia Vikander for 'The Danish Girl'.

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22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Press Room

Idris Elba - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Press Room at Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

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22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals

Idris Elba - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

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22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Press Room

Idris Elba - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Press Room at Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

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22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Press Room

Idris Elba - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Press Room at The Shrine Expo Hall, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016

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Russell Young's New Exihibition, Superstar

Idris Elba - Halcyon Gallery opening party for Russell Young's new exihibition, Superstar at Westend of London - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 19th January 2016

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Idris Elba Takes Hollywood Diversity Debate To The UK


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Idris Elba is the latest celebrity to weigh in on the diversity in Hollywood debate, which has flared up again over the 2016 Academy Award nominations casually leaving out all black actors from the categories. But he believes that it's not only big blockbusters that suffer, but British TV too.

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The actor is one of those stars snubbed at this year's Oscars, despite winning much acclaim for his performance in the Netflix drama 'Beasts of No Nation'. It's actually the second year in a row that the Oscars have left out people of colour, and it's quite frankly got to stop.

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Idris Elba, Damon Albarn And Barbara Windsor Recognised In New Year's Honours List


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Idris Elba, Barbara Windsor and Blur frontman Damon Albarn were among those recognised in this year’s New Year’s Honours List. ‘Luther’ actor Elba was recognised with an OBE for his services to drama and said he ‘couldn’t be more proud’ to receive the honour.

Idris ElbaIdris Elba was made an OBE in the New Year’s Honour list.

“Awards and honours come in all shapes and sizes, and all as significant as the other,” Elba said. “But this is beyond special as it comes from Queen and country, and I couldn’t be more proud for receiving this right now. What a year. On me head, son!”

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Star Trek Beyond - Teaser Trailer


Trekkies around the world rejoice! Star Trek Beyond will be upon us next year. The USS Enterprise crew are once again put in a perilous situation when the Enterprise is left beyond repair. The crew of one of the most famous spaceships in the universe are brought face to face with a breed of deadly alien who are committed to destroy the peace loving United Federation of Planets.

Stuck on an unfamiliar planet the crew are constantly under attack from their new enemy. They must formulate a plan to save themselves and their friends from destruction.

Star Trek Beyond is the third film from the recent Star Trek revival and was directed by Justin Lin. As well as starring in the film as Scotty, Simon Pegg also acted as one of the lead writers on the movie.

Idris Elba Rumoured For Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower' Movie Adaptation


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Idris Elba is being lined up as the leading actor in the hugely anticipated movie adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’.

The British star, 42, is due to play the part of gunslinger Roland Deschain, who squares off against the series’ villain, The Man In Black, played by Matthew Mcconaughey who had previously expressed interest in playing both roles, according to Deadline.

A big screen adaptation of King’s epic series of novels has been rumoured for a long time, but the new project’s backers Sony are reportedly going to be more ambitious than settling for just a movie, floating the idea of a TV series set in the same fictional universe.

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Idris Elba: "Bed Companies Complained After Scary 'Luther' Scene"


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Idris Elba is preparing to return to our screens in a new series of BBC drama ‘Luther’ later this month and the actor is just as excited as the fans to bring the detective back. But during the show’s last series, Elba gave viewers an unforgettable fright, that even left bed manufacturers complaining.

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If you haven’t seen ‘Luther’ series three yet we wont spoil it for you, but one particular scene does involve someone hiding in the space under a bed. Speaking about the scary scene Elba told BBC Newsbeat it was, "pretty scary, I ain't going to lie".

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Idris Elba Reveals Near-Death Experience On Set Of 'Beasts Of No Nation'


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Idris Elba has revealed that he came close to death during the filming of his recent movie Beasts of No Nation when it was shooting on location in Ghana.

The ‘Luther’ actor, who has been rumoured to be Daniel Craig’s successor as James Bond for a long time now, said that it happened during the shooting of a tense scene near a waterfall as he slipped on a rock and the branch he was holding on to snapped off in his hands.

Recounting the scary incident to Jonathan Ross for his ITV chat show, the 43 year old admitted: “I nearly died. I was doing this scene - we decided to do this waterfall scene where all these child soldiers were walking behind this massive waterfall.”

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Idris Elba Says The UK Is "Moving In The Right Direction" When It Comes To TV Diversity


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Idris Elba has said he feels the UK is “moving in the right direction” when it comes to diversity in TV roles, but there’s still more to be done. The 43-year-old first found success on UK television, but his big break came when he was cast in US drama ‘The Wire’, as drug lord Russell "Stringer" Bell.

Idris ElbaIdris Elba has said the UK “moving in the right direction” when it comes to diversity on television.

“People are aware of the issues that are faced. It’s one of these problems that won’t get fixed overnight but I think it’s progressively getting better,” Elba said. “The BBC and 'Luther' are very supportive of diversity, especially behind and in front of the camera. It’s important to keep trying.”

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Idris Elba

Date of birth

6th September, 1972

Occupation

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Sex

Male

Height

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