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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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Tom Hiddleston: 'Being Happy Is A Choice, Not A Natural State'


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The two actors are both known for their positive outlooks and laid-back natures, much to the delight of both fans and interviewers.

However, 35-year-old Tom disagrees with people who claim his enthusiasm and optimistic outlook is his natural state, explaining it’s actually a choice he consciously makes.

"I said to (Mark when I met him), 'you have such a sunny disposition!' And he does. He’s such a nice man, the rumours are true," Tom told Britain’s Esquire magazine. "And he said, 'the bigger the front, the bigger the back, man!' And he gave me this look like, 'you know what I mean.' And I think that’s true of me, too.

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Met Gala 2016 - 'Manus X Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' - After Party

Idris Elba - Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala - After Party - New York, New York, United States - Monday 2nd May 2016

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Met Gala 2016 - 'Manus X Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology'

Idris Elba - 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art at Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, New York, United States - Monday 2nd May 2016

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George Lazenby Backs Idris Elba For Bond


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The 76-year-old actor starred as the super sleuth in just one film in the franchise - On Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1969. As Daniel Craig reportedly prepares to leave the part, Idris is one of a number of names linked to the role, and George thinks he would be a good choice.

However, he added that a black actor taking on the part may lead to "a lot of head scratching" in his opinion.

George was asked by the Press Association if he thought a black Bond would be a good idea as he attended the 10th anniversary gala of Britweek in Los Angeles.

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Beasts Of No Nation And Transparent Nab Peabody Awards


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The top picks in the Entertainment and Children's categories were announced on Friday (22Apr16), with other honourees including comedy shows Black-ish and Aziz Ansari's Master of None, and dramas like Mr. Robot, The Leftovers, and BBC mini-series Wolf Hall. Marvel's Jessica Jones was also a winner.

The coveted prizes, organised by officials at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, celebrate excellence in radio and television.

Recipients of the news and public service awards were announced earlier this week (ends22Apr16), while the victors in the documentary and educational categories will be unveiled on Tuesday (26Apr16). Among the 60 projects on the shortlist include director James Keach's Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, which chronicles the country icon's farewell tour as he battled Alzheimer's disease and other health issues, and Nina Simone documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?.

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Richard Madden Scored Sympathy For Bastille Day Character


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The Game of Thrones star appears in the action flick as Michael Mason, a young con artist who embarks on an anti-terrorist mission in France alongside a former CIA agent (Idris Elba). Richard's alter ego is introduced walking around Paris pick-pocketing people but despite initially appearing to be an unlikeable character, director James Watkins knew the actor would give Michael soul.

"It was a challenge, in approach and casting," the filmmaker told Den of Geek when asked how he was able to get viewers to warm to Michael. "And part of the reason I cast Richard is because he really has a quality of likeability about him, I find. And I didn’t really wanna soft-peddle the fact that this character is a bit of parasite and steals stuff and is a bit self-loathing.

"You do see the sense that he’s a bit lost and a bit self-loathing, I think you catch some of that with Richard. Guilt, and a sense that he’s made some bad choices. So what Richard brought to it was – from the inside out – this quality of sympathy, I suppose, for that character."

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Idris Elba Brought His Focussed Attitude To Bastille Day


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He essentially plays an American version of the rogue superspy on the trail of a terrorist in Paris alongside Richard Madden, a fellow Brit also playing American on-screen. Elba is quick to point out that the movie is fiction, removed from the recent terror attacks in Europe. "The film is about good versus bad in the city," Elba says, "completely different from what's going on in our own world. But that's not to say we as filmmakers are insensitive to the nature of violence, considering we made this movie before what happened in Paris."

Richard Madden stars alongside Elba in Bastille Day

Elba says that director James Watkins (The Woman in Black) intended to make a film in the style of classic 1970s action movies. "You can see that in the framing, the way he did the action, the tone, the face shots, whoop-bangs, crashing cars into cars, the fact it's a little bit old school and with very little CGI," Elba explains. "And what I like is that it deviates from what you think it is, a terrorist plot. That's not at all what it is. It's good guy versus bad guy."

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Nicki Minaj Makes Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential List


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Nicki Minaj has appeared in TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in the world alongside Kendrick Lamar, Adele and Idris Elba. The rap star’s entry was introduced by her former mentor Lil Wayne, who gave the star her first break by signing her to his Young Money imprint.

Nicki MinajNicki Minaj has proved to be a very influential rapper

Figures that also appeared on the list included Pope Francis, Tim Cook and Caitlyn Jenner.

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Bastille Day Review

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An attempt to muscle in on Luc Besson's Taken-style of thriller, this is an odd mix of French setting, American characters and British cast and crew. The inclusion of hugely current issues like immigration, terrorism and capitalistic excess adds the illusion that the movie is actually about something. So while the plot is preposterous, the film has an edgier, more jaggedly comical sensibility that makes it entertaining.

It's set in Paris, where the gifted American pickpocket Michael (Richard Madden) becomes a terrorist suspect when he inadvertently steals a bomb from a the hapless young Zoe (Charlotte Le Bon), roped into planting it by her anti-fascist boyfriend. On Michael's trail is the bullheaded CIA operative Briar (Idris Elba), who has just been transferred to Paris due to his insubordinate attitude. His new boss (Kelly Reilly) is an old friend who vouches for him, then quickly regrets that decision when he goes rogue and teams up with the fugitive Michael to track down the real villain. They're pursued all over the city by local police chief Victor (Jose Garcia) and his fearsome sidekick Rafi (Thierry Godard), oblivious to the fact that the men they're chasing are actually trying to save Paris from something catastrophic.

The plot itself is fairly simple, but the film is assembled in a way that makes everything look far more complicated than it actually is. Action mayhem breaks out at every turn, with impressively full-on stuntwork, crashing chase scenes and lots of shootouts. A fistfight in the back of a careering van is particularly rough and tumble, as it were. And with such villainous baddies, the filmmakers believe they are justified in killing off dozens of faceless henchmen. One dares to show a glimmer of a conscience, but that doesn't save him.

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Idris Elba Signs Up For U.k. Civil Rights Tv Drama


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The Luther actor will executive produce Guerrilla, a six-episode limited series directed, written, and co-executive produced by 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley.

The series is described as a love story set against the backdrop of one of the most politically charged times in the country's history. It will centre on a couple which forms a radical underground cell in London.

Elba will also appear in an unnamed role.

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Idris Elba To Star In Sky Atlantic Drama 'Guerrilla'


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Idris Elba will be starring in a new political drama for Sky Atlantic set in 1970s London. Titled ‘Guerrilla’, it will be Elba’s first small-screen drama since BBC1’s ‘Luther’. The six-part series is set to debut on Sky Atlantic next year.

Idris ElbaIdris Elba will star in new Sky Atlantic drama ‘Guerrilla’.

‘Guerilla’ follows a politically active couple after they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell. Their target becomes the “black power desk”, a true-life, secretive counter-intelligence unit within Special Branch which was dedicated to crushing all forms of black activism.

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Ryan Reynolds And Drake Named Gq's Most Stylish Men In The World


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The trio is joined by Tom Hardy, Eddie Redmayne, Future, Diplo, Harry Styles, and others who have been praised for their sharp dressed style and red carpet looks.

"No disrespect to the Hall of Famers - from Kanye to Clooney, Gosling to Pharrell - but this year we're feeling a different, right-this-second strain of pro-level style," editors at the publication write. "We speak of men who look just as sharp on the street as they do on the red carpet.

"(They) realize that, in the camera-phone age, every little walk to the corner can turn into a photo op. And who rarely bother with suits - but when they do, they really make it count. So, with no further ado..."

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2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Outside Arrivals

Idris Elba - 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards held at Santa Monica Beach - Outside Arrivals at Santa Monica, Independent Spirit Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 27th February 2016

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2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals

Idris Elba - 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards held at Santa Monica Beach - Arrivals at anta Monica Beach, Independent Spirit Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 27th February 2016

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The Film Is GREAT Reception - Arrivals

Idris Elba - The Film Is GREAT reception at Fig & Olive - Arrivals at Fig & Olive - West Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 26th February 2016

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Idris Elba

Date of birth

6th September, 1972

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.9






Idris Elba Movies

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Finding Dory Trailer

Finding Dory Trailer

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Bastille Day Trailer

Bastille Day Trailer

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Star Trek Beyond - Teaser Trailer

Trekkies around the world rejoice! Star Trek Beyond will be upon us next year. The...

Finding Dory - Teaser Trailer

Finding Dory - Teaser Trailer

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The Jungle Book - First Look Trailer

The Jungle Book - First Look Trailer

Mowgli is a human boy known as a man-cub to his peers, among which are...

Second Coming Trailer

Second Coming Trailer

Sometimes, the strangest things can happen when you least expect them. For a normal family...

The Gunman Movie Review

The Gunman Movie Review

While Sean Penn lends this thriller some political subtext, the fact remains that it's actually...

The Gunman Trailer

The Gunman Trailer

He's worked for the same company for years, and one day he is asked to...

No Good Deed Trailer

No Good Deed Trailer

Colin is a violent and narcissistic killer who has spent plenty of time in prison...

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Movie Review

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Movie Review

Based on his autobiography, this film is clearly designed to be the definitive film about...

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