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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 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

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Thor: Ragnarok Review

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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.

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Kate Winslet Reveals Idris Elba Was Nervous Filming Sex Scenes With Her


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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.

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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.

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Idris Elba Auditioned For Gaston In Live-Action 'Beauty And The Beast'


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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 fashionIdris 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.

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Why Kate Winslet Could Not Avoid Ice Stunt On 'The Mountain Between Us'


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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'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'.

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Thor: Ragnarok Trailer


With his friends and his hammer, Thor is virtually unbeatable by any creature in the known universe. But what about when he doesn't have either of those things? It only takes a run-in with afterlife goddess Hela for his hammer to be destroyed, apparently beyond repair. And when he is kidnapped by her people and taken to the planet Sakaar, he has no choice but to enter into a gladiator match to save the people of Asgard from Ragnarök; the fate of total destruction. To his initial delight, and to the confusion of everyone in the arena, his opponent turns out to be none other than the Incredible Hulk. But when he realises that this Hulk is hell-bent on destroying him, he realises that he has no choice but to fight his supposed friend to the death. 

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Molly's Game Trailer


To most of the world, Molly Bloom is a beautiful young skiing extraordinaire, but behind closed doors she is a serious poker prodigy. She has been running an exclusive, underground gambling club in a luxury suite for ten years with a clientele that includes the likes of Hollywoo's biggest superstars, celebrity athletes, business tycoons and even the Russian mob. Unfortunately for her, the latter lands her in the sights of the FBI who raid her poker game one late night and arrest her for operating an illegal gambling business. The only person she can talk to now is her defence lawyer Charlie Jaffrey, but even he takes some convincing to change his perspective on this shrewd and uncompromising woman. And who is really going to believe that she isn't in cahoots with the mob?

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Jack Whitehall and an Injured Idris Elba Seen Leaving Sexy Fish Restaurant in Mayfair - London, United Kingdom - Friday 18th August 2017

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Idris Elba Explains The Lure Of The Dark Tower


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The film has been in the works for more than a decade, and its path to the cinema has been rocky. The first hurdle came with the casting of Idris Elba in the lead role, which sparked a social media outcry that the character isn't black. King himself weighed into this debate. "Honestly, I didn't care what colour he was as long as he could command the screen, draw fast and shoot straight," the author said.

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For his part, Elba was intrigued by playing a character from a King novel. "I was excited to sign on for the role because he does create complex, well-rounded characters with a lot of depth," the actor says. "And Roland Deschain in particular is a character that has a massive, massive journey throughout the book series. Yes, I want the fans to be satisfied by the character I portray, but the wonderful thing with being an actor in film is that I am able to interpret the character. And I hope the fans are proud of our interpretatiom.

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Idris Elba Faced 'homelessness Once'


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Idris Elba faced ''homelessness once''.

The 44-year-old actor has admitted at one point in his life he had to find another place to stay the night because he did not have a home to go to.

Speaking to TimeOut magazine, he said: ''I faced homelessness once, and it just seems bizarre that young people are getting into this perpetual cycle. This is England, Great Britain, we shouldn't be facing that. ''

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'The Dark Tower' Slated By Critics


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One of the biggest movies of this summer is the long-awaited 'The Dark Tower' film adaptation, based on the stories told by acclaimed author Stephen King is his eight book novel series. Idris Elba steps into the leading role of Roland Deschain aka the Gunslinger, with Matthew McConaughey serving as his adversary, the mysterious Man in Black.

Idris Elba leads the film as the GunslingerIdris Elba leads the film as the Gunslinger

Though the film isn't based on any of the books in particular, but instead takes place after the events that long time fans will already have read about, the story here is a new one for everybody, but it's one that's not been impressing those fortunate enough to have already seen the flick.

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Idris Elba Doing Google Translate Songs Is The Best Thing You'll See Today


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If you've ever used Google translate to change song lyrics into a foreign language and then back again, you'll know how funny the new lyrics turn out. That's exactly what Idris Elba was in for when he appeared on 'The Tonight Show' for a little game of Google Translate Songs. 

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Jimmy Fallon has some of the best games on his show, but one of our favourites has now got to be Google Translate Songs. He had 'The Dark Tower' star Idris Elba help him sing some new lyrics to popular songs during his appearance on the show earlier this week, and needless to say it turned out hilarious.

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Matthew Mcconaughey and Idris Elba at the New York premiere of 'The Dark Tower' held at the Museum of Modern Art - Manhattan, New York City, United States - Monday 31st July 2017

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Idris Elba on the red carpet for the UK premiere of Sky Atlantic's new TV series Guerrilla held at The Curzon Bloomsbury - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 6th April 2017

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Idris Elba on the red carpet for the UK premiere of Sky Atlantic's new TV series Guerrilla held at The Curzon Bloomsbury - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 6th April 2017

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Idris Elba

Date of birth

6th September, 1972

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.9






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Idris Elba Movies

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

The most riotously enjoyable Marvel movie yet, this action epic benefits hugely from the decision...

Thor: Ragnarok Trailer

Thor: Ragnarok Trailer

With his friends and his hammer, Thor is virtually unbeatable by any creature in the...

Molly's Game Trailer

Molly's Game Trailer

To most of the world, Molly Bloom is a beautiful young skiing extraordinaire, but behind...

The Mountain Between Us Trailer

The Mountain Between Us Trailer

When two people from different walks of life find themselves unable to take their scheduled...

The Dark Tower Teaser Trailer

The Dark Tower Teaser Trailer

Jake Chambers is an 11-year-old boy who has been having visions of a strange other...

100 Streets Movie Review

100 Streets Movie Review

A multi-strand drama set in London, this film is very nicely shot and acted, but...

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Finding Dory Movie Review

Finding Dory Movie Review

It's been 13 years since the release of the Disney/Pixar hit Finding Nemo, and filmmaker...

Star Trek Beyond Movie Review

Star Trek Beyond Movie Review

This is where the Star Trek franchise officially shifts from thoughtful drama into thunderous action....

Star Trek Beyond Trailer

Star Trek Beyond Trailer

When the Starship Enterprise finds itself under forceful attack, the crew on board fight to...

Finding Dory Trailer

Finding Dory Trailer

Dory's past has always eluded her, she's a little forgetful fish whose bright character and...

Star Trek Beyond Trailer

Star Trek Beyond Trailer

Star Trek Beyond is the thirteenth film to be released from the Star Trek franchise...

Bastille Day Movie Review

Bastille Day Movie Review

An attempt to muscle in on Luc Besson's Taken-style of thriller, this is an odd...

The Jungle Book Movie Review

The Jungle Book Movie Review

Using remarkably photorealistic animation, this remake of the 1967 Disney classic is warm and enjoyable,...

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