Idris Elba

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Idris Elba (born 06.11.1972)
Idris Elba 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'.

Idris Elba: 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.

Idris Elba: 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.

Idris Elba: 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 in talks to join Guy Ritchie's King Arthur

22nd July 2014 -

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Idris Elba is in talks to join the cast of 'King Arthur'.The 41-year-old actor is believed to have entered into negotiations with Warner Bros to play a wizard-like figure and mentor to Arthur in the...

Idris Elba Tapped For Key Role In New King Arthur Film

22nd July 2014 -

 News

British actor Idris Elba is in talks to reteam with director Guy Ritchie on a reimagining of the classic King Arthur tale.The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star has been tapped to portray Bedivere, the...

The Things They Tweet: 4292038

18th July 2014 -

 News

"International Mandela day today and I am missing the old man." British actor Idris Elba, who played Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, remembers the late South African politician on Friday (18Jul14) -...

Jon Favreau finds Mowgli for Jungle Book

16th July 2014 -

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Jon Favreau's 'Jungle Book' has found its Mowgli.The 47-year-old actor-director has chosen 10-year-old Neel Sethi to take on the role of Mowgli in his upcoming live-action and animation reboot of the Disney classic. In a...

Ben Kingsley is The Wise And Caring Bagheera in Jon Favreau's 'Jungle Book'

26th June 2014 -

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Ben Kingsley has joined the cast of Jon Favreau’s live-action adaptation of the classic Rudyard Kipling novel, The Jungle Book, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.Ben Kingsley at The Prince's Trust & Samsung Celebrate Success AwardsKingsley...

No Good Deed

16th June 2014 -

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Colin is a violent and narcissistic killer who has spent plenty of time in prison for vicious crimes, including the brutal attack on his terrified ex-girlfriend. Back in prison, he is denied parole but subsequently...

Cutest Pregnancy Announcement Ever? Kelly Rowland's New Pair Of Baby Air Jordans

11th June 2014 -

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Kelly Rowland is pregnant! Unlike other celebrity pregnancies, the news came straight from the source this time, with the singer posting a photo on her Instagram of a baby-sized pair of Air Jordans. Aw, isn’t...

Guillermo Del Toro Doesn’t "Have The Money" For Pacific Rim 2, But He’s Working Like He Has

9th June 2014 -

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Everyone likes an optimist. Guillermo Del Toro has revealed that he’s beavering away on Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to 2013’s hyper-blockbuster, Kaiju v mega-robot smash. The Kaiju are a formidable foeHe told Buzzfeed: “I’m...

'Mandela's' Lack of Awards Down to '12 Years' Guilt Hoover, Suggests Screenwriter

4th June 2014 -

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‘12 Years a Slave’ was, rightfully, the recipient of huge praise and numerous awards. The remarkable story of Solomon Northrup - portrayed by Chiwitel Ejiofor - was masterfully directed by Steve McQueen. But that success,...

7 Wallace Presents Idris Elba This Summer 2014 At Ibiza Rocks House

30th May 2014 -

 Press

Ibiza Rocks House at Pikes is THE playground for the new wave of rock and roll elite hitting up the White Isle. The 25-room boutique haven is home to the bands and DJ's playing...

Scarlett Johansson And Lupita Nyong'o Land Roles In Jungle Book Adaptation

24th April 2014 -

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Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o are reportedly in talks to star in Jon Favreau's adaptation of the classic tale, The Jungle Book. The actresses will join Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom's Idris Elba, who will...

Idris Elba Welcomes Second "Truely Amazing" Baby Boy With Girlfriend Naiyana Garth

19th April 2014 -

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Idris Elba is a father to a healthy baby son.The 41 year-old actor welcomed his second child into the world with his make-up artist girlfriend Naiyana Garth on Friday (April 18th).Elba announced the good news...

Idris Elba Shares Snap Of "Truly Amazing" Second Child, Winston

18th April 2014 -

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Actor Idris Elba and his wife Naiyana Garth have experienced the joy of welcoming their first child, a son, into the world. The Luther star and his girlfriend shared a beautiful Twitter photo of their...

Which One Of These Actors Should Play Tupac?

28th March 2014 -

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18 years after the murder of Tupac Shakur the rapper will be bought back to life, this time not by a hologram projector but by an actor. The Tupac biopic is finally in the works,...

Idris Elba Is Many Things, But Is A Rapper One Of Them?

26th March 2014 -

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Idris Elba is plenty of things, but unfortunately a natural born rapper is not one of them. The Thor: The Dark World actor has been critically acclaimed for his recent roles, including winning the Golden...

Andy Serkis Gets His Very Own Precious: 'The Jungle Book'

21st March 2014 -

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Andy Serkis, who hit worldwide notoriety for portraying the character of Gollum in The Lord of The Rings films, is to direct ‘The Jungle Book’ for Warner Bros., who will be under extra pressure to...

Fruitful RTS Awards Haul for 'Broadchurch' and Olivia Colman

19th March 2014 -

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It was a big but unsurprisingly fertile evening for ITV’s ‘Broadchurch’ at last night’s RTS awards. The detective drama won the best drama serial award, while Olivia Colman picked up the best actress award for...

What Can We Expect From Disney's New 'Jungle Book' Movie?

10th March 2014 -

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Another childhood classic we all know and love is headed for a complete reboot, but what do we need to know about Disney’s new Jungle Book movie?Who's writing it?The new script will be written by...

Idris Elba Lands Shere Khan Voice in Live Action 'Jungle Book'

7th March 2014 -

 News

From the mean streets of Baltimore to Mowgli’s Jungle, Idris Elba’s career path hasn’t exactly been typical of a British actor. But the versatile Hackey-born star is lending his deep, silky tones to the iconic...

Idris Elba Embarrassed By Semi-naked Twitter Photo

17th January 2014 -

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British actor Idris Elba was left mortified after mistakenly posting a semi-naked photograph on Twitter.com, because he only intended to send it to a girlfriend.The Wire star was flirting with a female pal via the...

Idris Loses Golden Globe Hopes For 'Mandela' And 'Luther'

13th January 2014 -

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Idris Elba loses out on a Golden Globe gong for Best Actor in 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom' as Matthew McConaughey takes home the award.No Globe for Idris this year'The Wire' star impressed critics with...

Chris Martin spends £400,000 on Banksy painting

13th January 2014 -

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Chris Martin splashed out £400,000 on a painting.The Coldplay frontman happily forked out the huge sum for a one-of-a-kind design by famed street artist Banksy at a fundraiser for Haiti earthquake victims on Saturday night...

A Week In Movies: Awards Season Gathers Pace, Superhero Movie Rumours Abound, Expendables 3 Drops A Teaser

3rd January 2014 -

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Things always go quiet in the film industry over the holidays as everyone takes one last break before the full onslaught of awards season campaigning. Nominations for both Oscars and Baftas come in the next...

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

2nd January 2014 -

 Movie Review

Based on his autobiography, this film is clearly designed to be the definitive film about Nelson Mandela. And it tells his remarkable story with skill, tracing his life from 25 to 75 while touching on...

August: Osage County And Meryl Streep Win Big At Capri, Hollywood Film Festival

2nd January 2014 -

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After early predictions pegged the Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts starrer August: Osage County as a frontrunner for awards season 2014, the film has now picked up four awards at the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival.Streep...

Prince Philip Amongst GQ Best-Dressed Men 2014

31st December 2013 -

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GQ Magazine have released their 'Best Dressed' list for the coming year and amongst some predictable entries, including Benedict Cumberbatch and David Beckham, there have been a few surprises, most notably the inclusion of Prince...

Idris Elba Opens Up On Nelson Mandela Album Side Project

9th December 2013 -

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Idris Elba’s turn as Nelson Mandela became infinitely more pertinent in the context of the great man’s death on December 5th after a long and ultimately unsuccessful battle against illness. He was 95.Idris Elba (left)...

A Week In News: Paul Walker Dead, Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer, X-Men Apocalypse

6th December 2013 -

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Paul Walker Dead: Tributes have been pouring in this week for the late actor Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in Los Angeles on Saturday (November 30). His friend's Porsche Carrera GT crashed...

Superman Is Super-Sexy: Henry Cavill Tops 'Sexiest Man Alive' Poll

3rd December 2013 -

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Henry Cavill has topped the latest poll by Glamour magazine to determine the '100 Sexiest Men Alive.' The Man of Steel actor took the top spot from four-time winner of the accolade Robert Pattinson, who...

Paul Walker Dead At 40: Hollywood Remembers The Fallen Star

1st December 2013 -

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Following the tragic passing of actor Paul Walker earlier this week, there has been an outpouring of emotion from Hollywood on behalf of the 40-year-old actor. A number of celebrities have taken to their social...

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