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Idris Elba


An only child, Idris Elba was born and raised in Hackney, London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at a Ford motor factory. His mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. He gained a place in the National Youth Music Theatre - ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 20 wins & 62 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim Stacker Pentecost
(2013)
Prometheus
Prometheus Janek
(2012)
Zootopia
Zootopia Chief Bogo
(2016)
Thor
Thor Heimdall
(2011)

Filmography

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 2017 Guerrilla (TV Mini-Series) (pre-production)
- Episode #1.2 (2017)
- Episode #1.1 (2017)
 2016 A Hundred Streets
Max
 2016 Finding Dory
Fluke (voice)
 2016 The Jungle Book
Shere Khan (voice)
 2016 Zootopia
Chief Bogo (voice)
 2015 Playhouse Presents (TV Series)
Akuna's Father / Narrator
- King for a Term (2015) ... Akuna's Father / Narrator
 2014/I No Good Deed
Colin
 2014 Second Coming
Mark
 2012/I Prometheus
Janek
 2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Video Game)
Truck (voice)
 2011 Aqua Teen Hunger Force (TV Series)
Police Officer
- Intervention (2011) ... Police Officer
 2011 Thor
Heimdall
 2011 Real Strength (TV Movie) (voice)
 2010 The Big C (TV Series)
Lenny
- Taking Lumps (2010) ... Lenny
- Blue-Eyed Iris (2010) ... Lenny
 2010/I The Losers
Roque
 2009 Obsessed
Derek
 2008 The Human Contract
Larry
 2007 Queens Supreme (TV Series)
Carla
- Mad About You (2007) ... Carla
 2007 The Reaping
Ben
 2007 Daddy's Little Girls
Monty
 2006 All in the Game (TV Movie)
Paul
 2005 The Gospel
Reverend Charles Frank
 2005 World of Trouble (TV Movie)
 2005 Jonny Zero (TV Series)
Hodge
- To Serve and to Protect (2005) ... Hodge
 2005 Sometimes in April (TV Movie)
Augustin
 2005 Girlfriends (TV Series)
Paul Raymond
- All in a Panic (2005) ... Paul Raymond
 2003 CSI: Miami (TV Series)
Angelo Sedaris
- The Best Defense (2003) ... Angelo Sedaris
 2003 One Love
Aaron
 2003 Soul Food (TV Series)
Smitty
- Sacrifice Fly (2003) ... Smitty
 2002 Hack (TV Series)
Mac Boone
- My Alibi (2002) ... Mac Boone
 2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (TV Series)
Robert Gabriel
- Payment in Blood (2002) ... Robert Gabriel
 2001 Law & Order (TV Series)
Lonnie Liston
- 3 Dawg Night (2001) ... Lonnie Liston
 2001 Buffalo Soldiers
Kimborough
 2001 London's Burning (TV Series)
L / Cpl. Frost
- Episode #13.10 (2001) ... L / Cpl. Frost
- Episode #13.9 (2001) ... L / Cpl. Frost
 2000 In Defence (TV Series)
PC Paul Fraser
- Episode #1.3 (2000) ... PC Paul Fraser
 2000 Sorted
Jam
 1999 Dangerfield (TV Series)
Matt Gregory
- Tying the Knot (1999) ... Matt Gregory
- Something Personal (1999) ... Matt Gregory
- A Day in the Country (1999) ... Matt Gregory
- Haunted (1999) ... Matt Gregory
- Diminished Responsibility (1999) ... Matt Gregory
 1999 Belle maman
Grégoire
 1998 Verdict (TV Series)
PC Brian Rawlinson
- Neighbours from Hell (1998) ... PC Brian Rawlinson
 1997 Family Affairs (TV Series)
Tim Webster
- Episode #1.158 (1997) ... Tim Webster
- Episode #1.155 (1997) ... Tim Webster
- Episode #1.150 (1997) ... Tim Webster
- Episode #1.147 (1997) ... Tim Webster
- Episode #1.121 (1997) ... Tim Webster
 1997 Insiders (TV Series)
Robinson Bennett
- Exposure (1997) ... Robinson Bennett
- Good Behaviour (1997) ... Robinson Bennett
- Offending Behaviour (1997) ... Robinson Bennett
- Guilty (1997) ... Robinson Bennett
- Soft Touch (1997) ... Robinson Bennett
 1997 Behind the Mask (Short)
Ovronramwen
 1997 Silent Witness (TV Series)
Charlie
- Blood, Sweat and Tears: Part 2 (1997) ... Charlie
- Blood, Sweat and Tears: Part 1 (1997) ... Charlie
 1996 Crocodile Shoes II (TV Mini-Series)
Jo-Jo
- Troubled Man (1996) ... Jo-Jo
 1996 Crucial Tales (TV Mini-Series)
Benton
- Spiders and Flies (1996) ... Benton
 1996 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (TV Series)
Raffy / Pest Controller
- Simisola: Part Three (1996) ... Raffy
- Simisola: Part Two (1996) ... Pest Controller
- Simisola: Part One (1996) ... Raffy
- Heartstones (1996) ... Pest Controller
 1994-1995 The Bill (TV Series)
Earl Lee / Alex Mason
- Mother's Ruin (1995) ... Earl Lee
- Pig in the Middle (1994) ... Alex Mason
 1995 Bramwell (TV Mini-Series)
Charlie Carter
- Episode #1.3 (1995) ... Charlie Carter
 1995 Absolutely Fabulous (TV Series)
Hilton
- Sex (1995) ... Hilton
 1994 Space Precinct (TV Series)
Pizza Delivery Man
- Double Duty (1994) ... Pizza Delivery Man
 1994 2point4 Children (TV Series)
the Parachute Instructor
- Fortuosity (1994) ... the Parachute Instructor
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Other Works:

Played Cody in the British premiere of Neil LaBute's "This Is How It Goes" - Donmar Warehouse, London. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 4 Interviews | 9 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Height:

6' 2¾" (1.9 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

The underlying issues of The Wire (2002) are not a million miles from what British kids are dealing with today. The show is recognized for its realistic portrayal of urban life where kids hang around on corners with nothing to do. They are handpicked by gangsters that offer them quick money for dirty jobs - this is very similar to the gang and drug culture emerging in some of the UK's biggest ... See more »

Trivia:

Won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor in Beasts of No Nation (2015). See more »

Trademark:

Deep baritone voice See more »

Nickname:

DJ Big Driis

Star Sign:

Virgo

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Idris should play 007 and... JoshWhoLovesMovies
I want idris to play a iconic character! pram_d
Too old for Bond newhouse47
So handsome!! weheartmovies
Why is this guy not signed on the play Black Panther?!?!?!?! RickGrimesForPrez
He would make a great Jedi or Sith Lord vCorleone2
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