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Idris Elba

Idrissa Akuna Elba OBE is an English actor. An alumnus of the National Youth Theatre in London, he is known for roles including Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire (2002–2004), DCI John Luther in the BBC One series Luther (2010–2019), and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013). For Luther, he received four nominations each for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, winning one of the former.

Elba appeared in Ridley Scott's American Gangster (2007), Obsessed (2009) and Prometheus (2012). He portrayed Heimdall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe(MCU), beginning with Thor (2011), and Bloodsport in The Suicide Squad (2021), set in the DC Extended Universe. He also starred in Pacific Rim (2013), Beasts of No Nation (2015), for which he received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actor, and Molly's Game (2017). Elba has also voiced characters in Zootopia, The Jungle Book, Finding Dory (all 2016), and Sonic the Hedgehog 2(2022). He made his directorial debut in 2018 with an adaptation of the 1992 novel Yardie by Victor Headley.

Known For

Credits

Cast Credits

Knuckles (2024)
Starring as Knuckles (6 episodes)
Hijack (2023)
Starring as Sam Nelson (7 episodes)
Zootopia+ (2022)
Starring as Chief Bogo
Human Playground (2022)
Starring as Narrator
Idris Elba's Fight School (2022)
Starring as Idris Elba (5 episodes)
What If...? (2021)
Starring as Heimdall
A World of Calm (2020)
Guest starring as Narrator
Coronavirus, Explained (2020)
Starring as Narrator
Elba vs Block (2020)
Starring as Idris Elba
Oprah Talks COVID-19 (2020)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
Today with Hoda & Jenna (2019)
Guest starring as Idris Elba (2 episodes)
Turn Up Charlie (2019)
Starring as Charlie (8 episodes)
The Big Narstie Show (2018)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
In the Long Run (2018)
Starring as Walter Easmon (19 episodes)
Guerrilla (2017)
Starring as Kent (3 episodes)
five by five (2017)
Starring as Alpha Ash
Idris Elba: Fighter (2017)
Starring as Idris Elba (3 episodes)
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (2015)
Guest starring as Idris Elba (2 episodes)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
Guest starring as Idris Elba (2 episodes)
Idris Elba: No Limits (2015)
Starring as Idris Elba (4 episodes)
Hot Ones (2015)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)
Guest starring as Idris Elba (2 episodes)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)
Guest starring as Idris Elba (4 episodes)
Idris Elba: King of Speed (2013)
Starring as Idris Elba (2 episodes)
The Last Leg (2013)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
7.30 (2011)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
Lorraine (2010)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
  • Episode 11x148: 28/07/21 (Jul 28, 2021)
Luther (2010)
Starring as DCI John Luther (21 episodes)
innerSPACE (2008)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
The Andrew Marr Show (2007)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
The Graham Norton Show (2007)
Guest starring as Idris Elba (2 episodes)
The One Show (2006)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
Made in Hollywood (2005)
Guest starring as Idris Elba (2 episodes)
The Office (2005)
Guest starring as Charles Miner (7 episodes)
  • Episode 5x28: Company Picnic (May 14, 2009) [Special Guest Star]
  • Episode 5x25: Broke (Apr 23, 2009) [Special Guest Star]
  • Episode 5x24: Heavy Competition (Apr 16, 2009) [Special Guest Star]
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Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003)
Guest starring as Idris Elba (2 episodes)
Breakfast (2002)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
CSI: Miami (2002)
Guest starring as Angelo Sedaris
Sport Relief (2002)
Guest starring as John Luther
  • Episode 2016-03-18: Part 1 (Mar 18, 2016)
The Wire (2002)
Starring as Russell "Stringer" Bell (36 episodes)
E! News (2002)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001)
Guest starring as Robert Gabriel
Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000)
Guest starring as Police Officer
Loose Women (1999)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
Ultraviolet (1998)
Starring as Vaughan Rice
Bramwell (1995)
Guest starring as Charlie Carter
  • Episode 1x03: (103) (Jun 5, 1995)
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
Dangerfield (1995)
Starring as Matt Gregory (1999)
Absolutely Fabulous (1992)
Guest starring as Hilton
  • Episode 3x03: Sex (Apr 20, 1995)
This Morning (1988)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987)
Guest starring as Pest Controller
NAACP Image Awards (1984)
Guest starring as Presenter
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
Oscars (1953)
Guest starring as Idris Elba
Today (1952)
Guest starring as Idris Elba

Crew Credits

Erased: WW2's Heroes of Color (2024)
Show crew as Executive Producer
Knuckles (2024)
Show crew as Executive Producer (6 episodes)
Hijack (2023)
Show crew as Executive Producer
Idris Elba's Fight School (2022)
Show crew as Executive Producer
Turn Up Charlie (2019)
Show crew as Creator
Show crew as Executive Producer
In the Long Run (2018)
Show crew as Creator
Show crew as Executive Producer
Luther (2010)
Show crew as Associate Producer
Show crew as Producer
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