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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 & 70 nominations. See more awards »

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

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1 Print Biography | 4 Interviews | 9 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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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 »


He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to drama. He is an actor in London, England. See more »


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Lost my respect for him. AnnaLVX
Idris should play 007 and... JoshWhoLovesMovies
I want idris to play a iconic character! pram_d
Idris Elba as the John Stewart Green Lantern! shawnlambert
He would make a great Jedi or Sith Lord vCorleone2
Krall wasn't black!!! Lawn_Wrangler
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