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.
When asked whether he could envisage 007 portrayed as a gay man, Brosnan said "Sure. Why not?"
There’s been much talk about Idris Elba being cast as the next James Bond, potentially becoming the first black man to portray 007 on the big screen. However, Pierce Brosnan has said that he could also see the womanising secret agent being portrayed as gay man in future movies.
“Sure. Why not?” he said to Details magazine about whether such a script might be possible, before adding, “Actually, I don't know how it would work. I don't think Barbara [Broccoli, Bond producer] would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing.”
Pierce Brosnan sees no reason why Bond couldn't be written as a gay character
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He'll play 007 in the audiobook version of 'Trigger Mortis', a new Bond novel written by Anthony Horowitz out in September 2015.
English actor David Oyelowo has been selected to play James Bond – in an audiobook version of a brand new 007 novel penned by Anthony Horowitz. The book, titled ‘Trigger Mortis’, has been commissioned by the Ian Fleming estate and will be released on September 8th.
The Guardian reported on Thursday (August 13th) that the 39 year old was “very honoured” to be offered the role by the Fleming estate itself, describing it as “really special”. Oyelowo has some form in playing security service agents, portraying MI5 officer Danny Hunter in the BBC spy drama ‘Spooks’.
David Oyelowo will voice James Bond in the audiobook version of 'Trigger Mortis'
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The actor also helped announce details of a competition that will see one lucky fan appear in the upcoming movie.
Idris Elba has confirmed he will be starring in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond after appearing in a behind the scenes video for a new fan competition where he showed off his breakdancing skills. Launched today, the 'Star Trek: To Boldly Go' competition offers fans the opportunity to win a walk-on role in the movie, with all funds raised going towards nine different charities.
Idris Elba will be appearing in Star Trek: Beyond
Elba appears alongside returning Star Trek cast members Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Karl Urban in the video, which was filmed onboard the Starship Enterprise. At the end of the clip Elba shows off his dancing skills as he busts a few moves in front of his new co-stars.
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Adam Sandler and Paul Reubens have both created original films for the streaming service.
Netflix has moved into the world of original films and the fun starts this October! Yes the streaming service has just revealed the premiere dates for its first batch of original features, with Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation leading the pack on October 16th.
Netflix is now in the orginal movie game.
Based on the novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala and adapted for the screen by Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation stars Idris Elba as a warlord who mentors a child soldier. As well as becoming available worldwide on Netflix October 16th, the film will also open the same day in select U.S. theaters.
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The ‘Luther’ actor is one of the hot favourites to take over from Daniel Craig.
Idris Elba has long been rumoured to be the next in line to play James Bond once Daniel Craig steps down from the franchise later this year. But while ‘The Wire’ actor has previously stated he would take on the role, Elba has now dismissed any rumours as pure speculation.
Idris Elba has spoken about the rumours that he’ll be the next Bond.
“It’s just a rumour. I have no idea,” Elba told the Radio Times when asked about being joint favourite at the bookies with Damian Lewis to replace Daniel Craig. The rumours about Elba taking over the 007 role started when when a leaked Sony email stated that the actor “should be the next Bond”.
Idris Elba - Idris Elba smokes a hand-rolled cigarette while playing a DJ set at the Goodwood Racecourse in West Sussex, at the last of their 'Three Friday Nights' events at Goodwood - Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom - Friday 19th June 2015
Odds have been slashed on the ‘Homeland’ star becoming the first red-headed 007.
‘Homeland’ star Damian Lewis has emerged as one of the frontrunners to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond, after a string of bets caused bookies to slash their odds on the actor. Current Bond Daniel Craig is widely believed to be stepping down as 007 later this year following the release of his fourth film in the franchise, Spectre.
Can you picture Damian Lewis as 007?
Bookie William Hill is now offering 6/4 odds on Lewis becoming the next Bond, having previously put him at 25/1. The move comes after a flurry of £200 bets were recently placed on the ‘Homeland’ actor.
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The actor and sometime musician posted a re-working of Skepta's recent single 'Shutdown' on SoundCloud on Monday, featuring a new verse.
The ‘Luther’ star uploaded his re-working of the British rapper’s recent single to SoundCloud on Monday and tweeted it to his fans, who immediately jumped in with their approval. “Sometimes you just have to SHUT "dem" DOWN. @Skepta. Do your ting my yout,” he said in the post. In the guest verse he added, Elba makes reference to his roles as Nelson Mandela, Stringer Bell and detective John Luther.
The collaboration is the result of a direct request made to Skepta back in March when the original mix of ‘Shutdown’ appeared back in March, when Elba tweeted “put me on the remix!!!! Cus I SHUT DOWN prime TV on the regular”.
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Sometimes, the strangest things can happen when you least expect them. For a normal family living in London, this is exactly what happens. Jax (Nadine Marshall) and Mark (Idris Elba) have a loving relationship and a happy life with their son, but working such demanding jobs means that intimate moments are few and far between. When Jax discovers that she is pregnant, something is wrong, as she hasn't slept with her husband (or anyone else) for months, leading to a stunning confrontation. When Jax finally comes face-to-face with the idea of immaculate conception, the prospect dawns that she may, in fact, be carrying the second coming of Christ.
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Idris Elba has broken the UK land speed record.
Idris Elba has broken the UK land speed record whilst filming for an upcoming television series. Driving his Bentley Continental GT Speed, Elba's average speed was 180.361mph although he reached a top speed of 186mph.
Idris Elba has broken the UK land speed record.
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'The Wire' actor broke the 88 year old record for the British 'flying mile' while filming for a new TV series.
As if it wasn’t enough being one of the downright coolest actors and musicians on Earth, Idris Elba has given the world yet another reason to love him: he’s just broken the British land speed record!
The 42 year old actor broke the record for the fastest average speed over one mile, which had been held for 88 years by Sir Malcolm Campbell. Elba achieved an average speed of 180.361 miles per hour at Pendine Sands in South Wales, exceeding that of 174.8mph set by Campbell back in 1927.
Idris Elba: actor, musician, land speed record holder
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Loki is not in ‘Age of Ultron’ and a lot of people weren’t happy about it.
Did you walk away from Avengers: Age of Ultron feeling a little less than satisfied? Like perhaps there was a big Loki shaped hole in the movie and when it was all over you felt like you'd been cheated? Well if you’d been wondering why the film was sadly Loki-less, director Joss Whedon has offered an explanation which might help you get over it (a little).
Tom Hiddleston plays Loki in the Thor films.
To recap, Loki fans (and they’re a pretty hardcore bunch) were under the impression that Tom Hiddleston would appear in Avengers: Age Of Ultron thanks to a ‘spoiler’ from Heimdall actor Idris Elba. Speaking to The Telegraph in November, Elba mentioned he’d filmed a scene for Age of Ultron with Hiddleston and Thor aka Chris Hemsworth.
Simon Pegg says Idris Elba will not be playing a Klingon in Star Trek 3.
The third instalment of Paramount's rebooted Star Trek franchise is to be titled Star Trek Beyond, according to TrekMovie.com, who say the name has been registered with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
Idris Elba is not playing a Klingon in the forthcoming Star Trek movie - said to be titled 'Star Trek Beyond'
What's even more interesting is the fact that Beyond implies that co-writer Simon Pegg is looking to take the series in a new direction, as has been rumored in recent months. Obviously the registration could be a move by the production company to throw fans off the scent, though TrekMovie.com sources confirmed the title.
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Idris Elba has played down his chances of snatching the Bond role.
According to the bookmakers, Idris Elba is still the strong favourite to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond in two movies time, though the man himself has poured cold water on the idea.
Idris Elba says his chances of playing Bond are pretty much toast
Elba has previously made no secret of his desire to play the British agent though the Luther man suggests that the constant frenzied speculation has actually decreased his chances of landing the part.
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