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Idris Elba


Idris Elba is an English television, theatre, and film actor. An only child, he was born and raised in Hackney, London. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at a Ford car factory. His mother, Eve, is from Ghana and did clerical work. Idris went to school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. He gained a place in ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Played "Paul" in "Battieman Blues", a new play by 'Oscar Lumley-Watts' - Sadler's Wells, London (1993). See more »

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1 Print Biography | 2 Interviews | 4 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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6' 2¾" (1.9 m)
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I'd had three or four years of unemployment, not getting acting jobs. I was watching Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes and saying, "I can do that. I can be right there with them." My wife was about eight and a half months pregnant by the time I got the news I was going to be on The Wire (2002). If I didn't get it, I was going to leave the U.S. We knew that if I didn't have acting work after my ... See more »

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Co-produced a track on rapper Jay Z's latest album, "American Gangster". See more »

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DJ Big Driis

Star Sign:

Virgo

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