Idris Elba


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An only child, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born and raised in London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at Ford Dagenham; his mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting, before he dropped out. He gained a place in the National Youth ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 27 wins & 88 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Beasts of No Nation Commandant
(2015)
The Losers Roque
(2010)
Thor: Ragnarok Heimdall
(2017)
Luther DCI John Luther
(2010-2019)

Filmography

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  Luther (pre-production)
John Luther
 2022/I Beast (filming)
Dr. Nate Samuels
 2022 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (post-production)
Knuckles (voice)
 2021 The Harder They Fall (completed)
Rufus Buck
 2021 The Suicide Squad
Bloodsport
 2020 Concrete Cowboy
Harp
 2017-2020 In the Long Run (TV Series)
Walter
- Episode #3.6 (2020) ... Walter
- Episode #3.5 (2020) ... Walter
- Episode #3.4 (2020) ... Walter
- Episode #3.3 (2020) ... Walter
- Episode #3.2 (2020) ... Walter
 2019 Cats
Macavity
 2019 NBA 2K20 (Video Game)
Coach Ernie Ames (voice)
 2019 Turn Up Charlie (TV Series)
Charlie
- Episode #1.8 (2019) ... Charlie
- Episode #1.7 (2019) ... Charlie
- Episode #1.6 (2019) ... Charlie
- Episode #1.5 (2019) ... Charlie
- Episode #1.4 (2019) ... Charlie
 2010-2019 Luther (TV Series)
DCI John Luther
- Episode #5.4 (2019) ... DCI John Luther
- Episode #5.3 (2019) ... DCI John Luther
- Episode #5.2 (2019) ... DCI John Luther
- Episode #5.1 (2019) ... DCI John Luther
- Episode #4.2 (2015) ... DCI John Luther
 2018 Avengers: Infinity War
Heimdall
 2017 Thor: Ragnarok
Heimdall
 2017 The Mountain Between Us
Ben Bass
 2017 Molly's Game
Charlie Jaffey
 2017 The Dark Tower
Roland
 2017 Guerrilla (TV Mini Series)
Kent
- Episode #1.6 (2017) ... Kent
- Episode #1.4 (2017) ... Kent
- Episode #1.2 (2017) ... Kent
- Episode #1.1 (2017) ... Kent
 2017 Five by Five (TV Mini Series short)
Alpha Ash
- Michael (2017) ... Alpha Ash
- Ash (2017) ... Alpha Ash
 2017 The Idris Takeover (TV Series short)
Alpha Ash
- Five by Five: Michael (2017) ... Alpha Ash
- Five by Five: Ash (2017) ... Alpha Ash
 2016 Finding Dory: Marine Life Interviews (Video short)
Fluke (voice, uncredited)
 2016 Star Trek Beyond
Krall
 2016 100 Streets
Max
 2016 Finding Dory
Fluke (voice)
 2016 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Idris Elba: Dance Off (Video short)
Idris Elba
 2016 The Take
Sean Briar
 2016 The Jungle Book
Shere Khan (voice)
 2016 Zootopia
Chief Bogo (voice)
 2015 Beasts of No Nation
Commandant
 2015 Playhouse Presents (TV Series)
Akuna's Father / Narrator
- King for a Term (2015) ... Akuna's Father / Narrator
 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron
Heimdall
 2015 The Gunman
Barnes
 2014/I No Good Deed
Colin
 2014 Second Coming
Mark
 2013 Thor: The Dark World
Heimdall
 2013 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mandela
 2013 Pacific Rim
Stacker Pentecost
 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 (voice)
 2011 Thor
Heimdall
 2010 The Big C (TV Series)
Lenny
- The Ecstasy and the Agony (2010) ... Lenny
- Happy Birthday, Cancer (2010) ... Lenny
- Taking Lumps (2010) ... Lenny
- Blue-Eyed Iris (2010) ... Lenny
 2010 Takers
Gordon Jennings
 2010/I The Losers
Roque
 2010/I Legacy
Malcolm Gray
 2009 The Office (TV Series)
Charles Miner
- Company Picnic (2009) ... Charles Miner
- Broke (2009) ... Charles Miner
- Heavy Competition (2009) ... Charles Miner
- Dream Team (2009) ... Charles Miner
- Michael Scott Paper Company (2009) ... Charles Miner
 2009 Obsessed
Derek
 2009 The Unborn
Arthur Wyndham
 2008 The Human Contract
Larry
 2008 RocknRolla
Mumbles
 2008/I Prom Night
Detective Winn
 2008 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (TV Series)
Charlie Gotso
- The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008) ... Charlie Gotso
 2007 This Christmas
Quentin Whitfield
 2007 American Gangster
Tango
 2007 28 Weeks Later
Stone
 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
 2002-2004 The Wire (TV Series)
Russell 'Stringer' Bell
- Mission Accomplished (2004) ... Russell 'Stringer' Bell
- Middle Ground (2004) ... Russell 'Stringer' Bell
- Reformation (2004) ... Russell 'Stringer' Bell
- Slapstick (2004) ... Russell 'Stringer' Bell
- Moral Midgetry (2004) ... Russell 'Stringer' Bell
 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
 2003 Queens Supreme (TV Series)
Carla
- Mad About You (2003) ... Carla
 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 Ultraviolet (TV Movie)
Vaughan Rice
 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 Beautiful Mother
Grégoire
 1998 Ultraviolet (TV Mini Series)
Vaughan Rice
- Persona Non Grata (1998) ... Vaughan Rice
- Terra Incognita (1998) ... Vaughan Rice
- Mea Culpa (1998) ... Vaughan Rice
- Sub Judice (1998) ... Vaughan Rice
- In Nomine Patris (1998) ... Vaughan Rice
 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 Governor (TV Series)
Officer Chiswick
- Episode #2.6 (1996) ... Officer Chiswick
- Episode #2.5 (1996) ... Officer Chiswick
- Episode #2.4 (1996) ... Officer Chiswick
- Episode #2.3 (1996) ... Officer Chiswick
- Episode #2.2 (1996) ... Officer Chiswick
 1996 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: Part One (1996) ... Pest Controller
 1995 Degrees of Error (TV Series)
Walter Jones
- Episode #1.4 (1995) ... Walter Jones
- Episode #1.3 (1995) ... Walter Jones
- Episode #1.1 (1995) ... Walter Jones
 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 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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Show Show Writer (6 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (13 credits)
Show Show Director (4 credits)
Show Show Composer (2 credits)
Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (1 credit)
Show Show Self (157 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (16 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

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

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 4 Interviews | 14 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 10 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

Facebook | Facebook Music | See more »

Height:

6' 2½" (1.89 m)


Children:

Elba, Isan | See more »

Parents:

Elba, Eve | Elba, Winston
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

... For me, it's entertainment. Every single film I've done, it's about the character. I chose these roles, whether it's Obsessed (2009), whether it's The Gospel (2005). Not everything is going to be as powerful as some of the more iconic roles. I mean, my two biggest performances to date: One film is called Sometimes in April (2005), which is a really important film about the Rwandan Genocide, ... See more »

Trivia:

First met his wife-to-be Sabrina Dhowre Elba at a party while on location in Vancouver, British Columbia shooting The Mountain Between Us (2017). In February 2018, the couple announced their engagement in London (UK) and married the following year. See more »

Trademark:

Deep baritone voice See more »

Nickname:

DJ Big Driis

Star Sign:

Virgo

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