Idris Elba

Full / Real Name: Idrissa Akuna Elba
Born: 06 September 1972 (47 years old)
Gender: Male



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Idris Elba is an English actor best known for his starring role as crime boss Russell "Stringer" Bell in the HBO crime series The Wire, from 2002-2004.

He also starred as DCI John Luther in the crime procedural television series Luther (2010-2013), for which he won a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie in 2012.

He is also a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis/Big Driis the Londoner, and a hip-hop soul recording artist.

Elba, an only child, was born in Hackney, London to a Sierra Leonean father and a Ghanaian mother. He started acting in secondary school with encouragement from his drama teacher, on whom he also had a crush.

He got his break as a supporting cast member of UK soap opera Family Affairs, from 1997-1998. He also portrayed Captain Augustin Muganza in Sometimes in April, a 2005 HBO made-for-TV movie about the Rwandan Genocide.

Other television series he has appeared in include Absolutely Fabulous, Silent Witness, Dangerfield, Law & Order, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Sould Food, CSI: Miami, Girlfriends, Jonny Zero and Queens Supreme.

Elba has a large female fan base following and appeared on the cover of Essence's "Hot Hollywood Men" issue, April 2004 and again in Essence's November 2005 "10 Hottest Men on the Planet" issue.

He recorded the four-song EP Big Man for Hevlar Records in 2006.

Elba has a daughter named Isan, born in 2004.

Television Roles


New on TV today: Sunday 12 July

Ivor en die Verskilmakers starts on VIA and Two and a Half Men returns to eExtra.

Council of Dads (Season 1)

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New on TV today: Saturday 11 July

Somizi & Mohale: The Union comes to Wethu, the final season of Supernatural starts on M-Net City and Khabodacious returns to SABC2.

2020 SAMAs: Music Video and Record of the Year nominees

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The Bold and the Beautiful on Eva Teasers - August 2020

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Wild Skin Teasers - August 2020

Camila prevents a shooting. Also, a hit-man is hired.

Rebel in Love Teasers - August 2020

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New on TV today: Friday 10 July

Join 1Magic for Dinner at Somizi's or Nat Geo to uncover Lost Treasures of the Maya.

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They're wrapped between Steve Harvey this Sunday, 12 July. See who's competing.

Catch-up with Iron Rose star Aracely Arámbula

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