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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 Wants To Be A Classic 'Star Trek' Villain


Idris Elba Star Trek

The Star Trek franchise is celebrating its 50th birthday this year with the movie Star Trek Beyond, the third in J.J. Abrams' rebooted saga. One of the new cast members this time around is Idris Elba, who plays the enigmatic villain Krall. 

Chris Pine in Star Trek BeyondChris Pine also stars in Star Trek Beyond

Elba remembers watching the original 1966 TV series with his parents while growing up. "It was great to see a great diverse cast on TV, even before we knew what that was," he says. "But it was very interesting to hear a Scotsman, a black woman, an Asian all in one TV show, flying around space. That was pretty out there."

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Idris Elba Says He's "Too Old" To Play James Bond


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Idris Elba has revealed that he feels he’s “too old” to be the next James Bond actor, despite still being one of the favourites to take on the role.

The 43 year old British actor has been in the running for what feels like forever, as current 007 actor Daniel Craig has, for a long time, been reluctant to film any more Bond movies after last year’s Spectre.

Despite the list of potential successors growing and shrinking in number over many months, and with various names being added and dropping out, Elba has always been in contention, although he has consistently maintained that they are “just rumours”.

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Finding Dory Review

Very Good

It's been 13 years since the release of the Disney/Pixar hit Finding Nemo, and filmmaker Andrew Stanton has opted to make a spin-off instead of a direct sequel, shifting the perspective to recount the life story of the forgetful blue tang. Because it centres on a personal quest, it's a very different style of movie, which makes some of the action feel rather contrived. But the characters are still vivid and likeable, and it's packed with meaningful themes.

 

The film opens with young Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) being taught by her parents (Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy) how to cope with her short-term memory problem. But she still gets lost. Then years later, after her adventure teaming up with Marlin (Albert Brooks) to help find his son Nemo (Hayden Rolence), she has a brief spark of memory and decides to find her family. Accompanied by Marlin and Nemo, Dory crosses the ocean to a California marine sanctuary, where they get separated. Dory gets help from cranky seven-tentacled Octopus Hank (Ed O'Neill), the perky whale shark Destiny (Kaitlin Olson) and a befuddled beluga whale (Ty Burrell). Meanwhile, Marlin and Nemo meet a pair of laddish sea lions (Idris Elba and Dominic West).

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Star Trek Beyond Review

Excellent

This is where the Star Trek franchise officially shifts from thoughtful drama into thunderous action. Fast & Furious director Justin Lin brings a kinetic energy to this third chapter in the rebooted space saga, leaping between chases and battles to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Combined with constant witty interaction, the film is massively entertaining, even if the plot ultimately feels a bit thin.

 

It's been three years since the crew of the Enterprise started their five-year mission, and they're in need of a break. So they head to the nearest spaceport for some down-time, which is soon interrupted when Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and his team (Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Anton Yelchin) are called to travel through a dangerous nebula to rescue a kidnapped crew from a villainous thug called Krall (Idris Elba). On arrival, the Enterprise is overwhelmed by Krall's bee-like military swarm. Stranded on a strange planet, the crew teams up with Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), a feisty survivor of one of Krall's earlier attacks. And as they realise the extent of Krall's evil plan, they're not sure that they can stop him.

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Idris Elba Again Denies Those James Bond Rumours


Idris Elba James Bond

For what seems like the hundredth time, Idris Elba has put a dampener on the long-standing reports that he’s to be the next James Bond actor, saying that they are “just a rumour”.

Speaking to E! News outside the Superdry store in New York on Monday (July 18th), where he was launching his new ‘Idris Elba X Superdry’ collection, he again took the opportunity to deny that any concrete talks had taken place.

“I mean, look, I've said it a million of times: It's a great character and it's an honour to be asked, but it is just a rumour,” the 43 year old Star Trek Beyond star responded.

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Idris Elba's 'Bastille Day' To Be Pulled From French Cinemas


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Idris Elba’s latest film Bastille Day is to be pulled from French cinemas at the request of production company StudioCanal. After Thursday’s terror attack in Nice, which left more than 80 people dead and more than 50 injured, the studio had pulled ads for the film, which had been released in cinemas the day before.

Idris Elba in Bastille DayIdris Elba’s Bastille Day has been pulled from French cinemas.

But now Studiocanal have asked French exhibitors to remove the movie from their theatres altogether. The film’s story involves a terrorist plot to bomb Paris and also stars ‘Game Of Thrones’ actor Richard Madden.

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Star Trek Beyond Trailer


When the Starship Enterprise finds itself under forceful attack, the crew on board fight to their best ability but it's not enough. The unstoppable wave of aliens constantly bombarding the ship means that the crew must accept defeat and flee to an unknown planet. Given the crew were deep into a five year mission, their location to the rest of the Federation is unknown and a rescue mission is going to be far from easy.

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James Norton Is The New Favourite To Be The Next James Bond


James Norton Daniel Craig Aidan Turner Tom Hiddleston Idris Elba

‘War & Peace’ star James Norton has rapidly emerged as the red-hot favourite to land the vacant spot as the next James Bond, with the actor overtaking Tom Hiddleston, Tom Hardy and Aidan Turner in many bookies’ eyes.

The 30 year old actor is now considered as the overwhelming favourite to land the coveted licence to kill now that Daniel Craig has quit the role after four movies. ‘Poldark’ star Aidan Turner had recently risen to the top of many bookies’ lists, but the BBC announced on Wednesday (July 6th) that he was on board for a third series of the historical drama, effectively removing him from the running.

In the wake of this, many bookies reported an “unprecedented” number of bets being placed on Norton landing the part, to the extent that many suspended betting altogether.

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Finding Dory Trailer


Dory's past has always eluded her, she's a little forgetful fish whose bright character and warm heart make up for all the times she's got herself - and her friends - into trouble. Dory lives with Marlin and Nemo but now she wants to go out and find her real parents. Before she can begin her real adventure, Dory finds herself being scooped up and taken to a marine institute. Whilst in quarantine, Dory meets a whole host of new friends who instantly take to the little blue tang. Hank, the octopus, Bailey the white beluga whale and Destiny the whale shark are just a few creatures who will help her. 

For Dory, her mission is quite clear, she must escape the confines of her new home and return to the ocean to find her family - whilst hopefully finding Marlin and Nemo once again too. Dory's new friends in the institute are eager to help Dory out however they can. 

Finding Dory is the 2016 follow-up to the 2003 film Finding Nemo. Like the first film, it was written and directed by Andrew Stanton but this time directorial duties are in partnership with Angus MacLane.

Star Trek Beyond Trailer


Star Trek Beyond is the thirteenth film to be released from the Star Trek franchise and comes as the follow up to Star Trek Into Darkness.

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2016 BAFTA TV Awards - Press Room

Idris Elba , Michaela Coel - 2016 BAFTA TV Awards - Press Room - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th May 2016

Idris Elba and Michaela Coel
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BAFTA TV Awards

Idris Elba - BAFTA TV Awards at the Royal Festival Hall, London at Royal Festival Hall - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th May 2016

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Naiyana Garth and Idris Elba
Naiyana Garth and Idris Elba
Naiyana Garth and Idris Elba
Naiyana Garth and Idris Elba
Naiyana Garth and Idris Elba

The BAFTA TV Awards 2016

Idris Elba - The British Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs) 2016 held at the Royal Festival Hall - Arrivals at Royal Festival Hall - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th May 2016

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Naiyana Garth and Idris Elba
Naiyana Garth and Idris Elba
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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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Idris Elba

Date of birth

6th September, 1972

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.9






Idris Elba Movies

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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Zootopia [aka Zootropolis] Movie Review

Zootopia [aka Zootropolis] Movie Review

The filmmakers behind Tangled and Wreck-it Ralph join forces for this entertaining animated action comedy,...

Finding Dory Trailer

Finding Dory Trailer

Since Nemo and his father were reunited, the residents living in the coral off the...

Bastille Day Trailer

Bastille Day Trailer

Paris is known to have problems with pickpockets and Michael Mason is one of the...

Star Trek Beyond - Teaser Trailer

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

Dory, everyones favourite forgetful fish from Finding Nemo is back and it looks like she...

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...

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