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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 went to 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 16 wins & 56 nominations. See more awards »

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Played "Achilles" in William Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida" - American Place Theater, New York City (2001). See more »

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1 Print Biography | 3 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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[on the diversity of projects he's been involved with and if there's any kind of role that frightens him] I would never be fearful of any character. 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. I ... See more »

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Named one of People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in the World. See more »

Trademark:

Deep baritone voice

Nickname:

DJ Big Driis

Star Sign:

Virgo

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I didn't know he was English crockett_john
No Oscar nomination for "Beasts of No Nation"? Serenity98
I want idris to play a iconic character! pram_d
The logical reason he can't play Bond MisterCard
Too old for Bond newhouse47
Idris should play 007 and... joshismvp
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