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Idris Elba

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Birth Date

September 6, 1972

Nationality

United Kingdom

Sun Sign

Virgo

Natural hair color

Black

Eye color

Dark brown

Height

6 ft 3 in | 190 cm

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Weight

86 kg | 190 lbs

Chest

43 in | 109 cm

Shoe size

10 US | 43.5 EU

Waist

34 in | 86 cm

Early acting career First film Breakthrough

Idrissa Akuna Elba was born in Hackney, London, England, on September 6, 1972, is an English actor and musician. Young Idris Elba first started acting during his years at school in Canning Town, in school theater productions. He left school in 1988 to join the National Youth Music Theatre.

He got his television debut in British television series in 1994:

2point4 Children in episode "Fortuosity" in role as Parachute Instructor

Space Precinct in episode "Double Duty" in role as Pizza Delivery Man

He made his big screen debut in French comedy film Belle maman (1999) in role as Grégoire, opposite Catherine Deneuve.

Elba's breakthrough performance came as Russell "Stringer" Bell in the HBO series The Wire (2002-2004).

He recorded the four-song EP Big Man (2006) for Hevlar Records.

New Movies

The Suicide Squad (2021) superhero in role as Ben Turner / Bronze Tiger, opposite Margot Robbie and Viola Davis

Three Thousand Years of Longing (2020) drama fantasy romance, directed by George Miller

Concrete Cowboys (2020) drama in role as Harp, with Jharrel Jerome and Caleb McLaughlin

Hobbs & Shaw (2019) action in role as Brixton Lore, opposite Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham

Cats (2019) musical fantasy in role as Macavity, directed by Tom Hooper

Best Movies

He portrayed Heimdall in Marvel Cinematic Universe:

Thor (2011)

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Nelson Mandela in biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013).

He won a BET Award for Best Actor for his role as Captain William Roque in action comedy movie The Losers (2010).

He was nominated for a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Commandant in war drama movie Beasts of No Nation (2015).

The Dark Tower (2017) dark science fantasy western action opposite Matthew McConaughey

The Gunman (2015) action thriller with Sean Penn and Javier Bardem

Star Trek Beyond (2016) space opera in role as Krall

Daddy's Little Girls (2007) romantic comedy drama opposite Gabrielle Union

The Reaping (2007) psychological horror thriller with Hilary Swank

American Gangster (2007) biographical crime with Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington and Josh Brolin

RocknRolla (2008) crime comedy directed by Guy Ritchie

Obsessed (2009) thriller with Beyoncé Knowles

Takers (2010) action crime thriller with Chris Brown and Paul Walker

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011) superhero opposite Nicolas Cage

Prometheus (2012) science fiction directed by Ridley Scott

Pacific Rim (2013) science fiction monster directed by Guillermo del Toro

No Good Deed (2014) thriller with Taraji P. Henson and Leslie Bibb

Molly's Game (2017) crime drama opposite Jessica Chastain and Michael Cera

The Mountain Between Us (2017) drama opposite Kate Winslet

TV Shows

He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor for his role as Detective John Luther in the British crime drama television series Luther (2010–2018).

He was nominated for NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor for his role as Augustin Muganza in television historical drama film Sometimes in April (2005).

He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Lenny in television dramedy The Big C (2010).

The Bill (1994, 1995) British police procedural television series in roles as Earl Lee, Alex Mason

The Governor (1996) drama series in role as Officer Chiswick

The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1996) crime drama series in role as Raffy, Pest Controller

Insiders (1997) drama series in role as Robinson Bennett

Family Affairs (1997) British soap opera in role as Tim Webster

Ultraviolet (1998) British television series in role as Vaughan Rice

Dangerfield (1999) medical drama series in role as Matt Gregory

He played Russell "Stringer" Bell in the HBO series The Wire (2002-2004).

The Office (2009) NBC sitcom in role as Charles Miner

Guerrilla (2017) drama miniseries in role as Kentoro "Kent" Abbasi

Turn Up Charlie (2019) Netflix comedy series in role as Charlie Ayo

He hosted Saturday Night Live in 2019.

Facts

Attended school in Canning Town.

He is also a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis.

He voiced Chief Bogo in Zootopia (2016), Shere Khan in The Jungle Book (2016) and Fluke in Finding Dory (2016).

Fan of Lady Gaga.

He made his directorial debut with British crime drama film Yardie (2018).

He suffers from claustrophobia.

Featured in music videos for:

Giggs "Hustle On" (2012)

Mumford and Sons "Lover of the Light" (2012)

Macklemore "Dance Off" (2016)

Wiley, Sean Paul, & Stefflon Don "Boasty" (2019)

Stormzy "Vossi Bop" (2019)

He released Extended plays:

2006: Big Man

2009: Kings Among Kings

2010: High Class Problems Vol. 1

2014: Idris Elba Presents Mi Mandela

He released album Murdah Loves John (The John Luther Character Album) in 2015.

He launched his record label "7Wallace Music" in 2018.

He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2016.

Fan of Arsenal F.C.

Friends with Jamie Foxx.

Lives in New York City.

Relationships

Has been in relationship with Naiyana Garth (2013-2016), they have one son.

He was married to:

Hanne "Kim" Nørgaard (1999-2003), they have one daughter

Sonya Nicole Hamlin (2006-2006)

He married Sabrina Dhowre in 2019.

Quotes

The only thing I change mainly is my sneakers. I love sneakers. But everything's sort of black or jeans. Jeans, always.

Bond? It is a bit like saying, 'Do you want to play Superman?' Anyone would dream of it. It's one of the most coveted roles in film. I'd be honoured. But I don't know if it will actually happen. I'm just happy with the idea of being associated with it. It's nice there's a lot of good will.

In 'Pacific Rim' I had to have a haircut I wouldn't usually rock. However, the moustache I had in the film - that might have to come out again. It was a good moustache. Good times.

As much as it's nice to step into that massive world of Hollywood and be a big, famous actor, I prefer the career of actors that have really chosen smartly and done really amazing performances. Maybe they're not as known, but their careers are a bit more interesting.

I was cast in 'Thor' and I'm cast as a Nordic god. If you know anything about the Nords, they don't look like me but there you go. I think that's a sign of the times for the future. I think we will see multi-level casting. I think we will see that, and I think that's good.

I think there's a tendency for actors like myself, and I don't mean to generalize myself, but I've played 'men's men,' if you will, characters that are simmering rage and calculated. There's a trend not to play anything that is opposed to that.

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