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 - thanks to a £1,500 Prince's Trust grant.

He worked as a disc jockey in nightclubs under the nickname DJ Big Driis at age 19. However, he began auditioning for television roles in his early twenties. He has starred in both British and American productions. One of his first acting roles was on the British soap opera Family Affairs (1997). His breakthrough role came when he landed a starring role on the American television series The Wire (2002). He later starred in the films Prom Night (2008), RocknRolla (2008), The Unborn (2009) and Obsessed (2009). He also appeared in the films American Gangster (2007), Takers (2010), Thor (2011), Prometheus (2012), Pacific Rim (2013) and Thor: The Dark World (2013).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kad

Known For


Cast Credits

The One Show (2015)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (2015)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
Idris Elba: No Limits (2015)
Starring as Idris Elba
The Last Leg (2013)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
Luther (2010)
Starring as DCI John Luther (6 episodes)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
The Wire (2002)
Starring as Russell 'Stringer' Bell (3 episodes)
Sport Relief (2002)
Guest starring as John Luther
  • Episode 2016-03-18: Part 1 (Mar 18, 2016)
Dangerfield (1995)
Starring as Matt Gregory (1999)
This Morning (1988)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
Guerrilla ()
Starring as TBA

Crew Credits

Luther (2010)
Show crew as Associate Producer
The Crusaders ()
Show crew as Executive Producer