Idris Elba

Full / Real Name: Idrissa Akuna Elba
Born: 06 September 1972 (49 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 14 August

More Coolest OG's do battle on SABC2 and Celebrity Game Face is guilty as charged on E!.

New on TV today: Saturday 13 August

Miss SA 2022 airs live on Mzansi Magic and M-Net, as eReality documents Uncensored Cops.

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Carte Blanche gets into the back seat of a real life taxi boss and it's just like the TV show. Bullets fly.

Skeem Saam Teasers - September 2022

Kat gets struck by gut wrenching betrayal and there's a battle of the sexes at the Grade 8 debate.

New on TV today: Friday 12 August

True drama Five Days at Memorial releases on Apple TV+ and comedy This Fool loads on Disney+.

Top Shows on TV: July 2022

No high note for Idols despite Somizi's comeback.

uBettina Wethu 2 Teasers - August 2022

Back! Get a taste of the opening episodes of the new season, starring a new cast.

Durban Gen Teasers - September 2022

Dhlomo turns Sne against Phumeza and there's a new superintendent. Who?

New on TV today: Thursday 11 August

Mystery series Holding starts on BritBox and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills return to 1Magic.

Die Put 2 Teasers - August 2022

Back! A first look at what to expect when Die Put returns to eExtra once Die Binnekring ends.


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