Idris Elba

Idris Elba, All you want to know about a great actor star


Idrissa Akuna “Idris” Elba

born 6 September 1972) is an English actor, producer, and musician. He is known for roles including Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire, DCI John Luther in the BBC One series Luther, and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013). He has been nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, winning one, and has been nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award.

Elba appeared in Ridley Scott’s American Gangster (2007) and Prometheus (2012). Elba portrayed Heimdall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Thor (2011) and its sequels Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Thor: Ragnarok (2017), as well as Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

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).

In 2016, he voiced Chief Bogo in Zootopia, Shere Khan in the live action/CGI adaptation of The Jungle Book, Fluke in Finding Dory, and played the role of Krall in Star Trek Beyond. He made his directorial debut in 2018 with an adaptation of the 1992 novel Yardie by Victor Headley.

In 2021, he portrayed Bloodsport in The Suicide Squad, set in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), while in 2022, he voiced Knuckles the Echidna in the film Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022), and will headline a spin-off self-titled solo series as the character for Paramount+ in 2023.

Aside from acting, Elba performs as a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis or Idris and as an R&B musician.[3][8] In 2016, he was named in the Time 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World. As of May 2019, his films have grossed over $9.8 billion at the global box office, including over $3.6 billion in North America,[10] where he is one of the top 20 highest-grossing actors.


Early life

Idrissa Akuna Elba was born on 6 September 1972 in the London Borough of Hackney, to Winston Elba, a Sierra Leonean Creole man who worked at the Ford Dagenham plant, and Eve, a Ghanaian woman. Elba’s parents were married in Sierra Leone and later moved to London. Elba was raised in Hackney and East Ham, and shortened his first name to “Idris” at school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting.

He credits The Stage with giving him his first big break, having seen an advertisement for a play in it; he auditioned and met his first agent while performing in the role. In 1986, he began helping an uncle with his wedding DJ business; within a year, he had started his own DJ company with some of his friends.

Elba briefly attended Barking and Dagenham College, ultimately leaving school in 1988 and winning a place in the National Youth Music Theatre after a £1,500 Prince’s Trust grant. To support himself between roles in his early career, he worked in odd jobs including tyre-fitting, cold-calling, and night shifts at Ford Dagenham. He was working in nightclubs under the DJ nickname “Big Driis” during his adolescence, but began auditioning for television roles in his early twenties.


Personal life


Elba has been married three times: first to Hanne “Kim” Nørgaard (from 1999 to 2003) and then to Sonya Nicole Hamlin (for four months in 2006). He has two children: a daughter with Nørgaard and a son with former girlfriend Naiyana Garth. Elba began a relationship with Somali-Canadian model Sabrina Dhowre in early 2017. The couple became engaged on 10 February 2018, during a screening of his film Yardie at an East London cinema. They were married on 26 April 2019 in Marrakesh.

Elba has stated he is spiritual but not religious. He is an avid Arsenal supporter. In 2015, as part of his Discovery Channel miniseries Idris Elba: No Limits, Elba broke the land speed record for the Pendine Sands “Flying Mile” course.

The Prince’s Trust, a UK youth charity founded by Prince Charles in 1976, which Elba credits with helping begin his career, appointed him as their anti-crime ambassador in April 2009.[99] He voiced support for a vote to remain in the European Union for the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.

On 16 March 2020, Elba said he had tested positive for COVID-19 amidst the pandemic. His wife also tested positive for the virus. During his quarantine period, he noted that he has suffered from asthma all his life, thus placing him in the high risk category of the disease.


Idris Elba Biography


Born in Hackney, London, England, UK
Birth Name Idrissa Akuna Elba
Nickname DJ Big Driis
Height 6′ 2½” (1.89 m)


Mini Bio

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 Music Theatre – thanks to a £1,500 Prince’s Trust grant.

To support himself between acting roles, he worked in jobs such as tyre-fitting, cold call advertising sales, and working night shifts at Ford Dagenham. He worked in nightclubs under the nickname DJ Big Driis at age 19, but began auditioning for television roles in his early-twenties.

His first acting roles were on the soap opera Family Affairs (1997), the television serial Ultraviolet (1998), and the medical drama Dangerfield (1995). His best known roles are as drug baron Russell “Stringer” Bell on the HBO series The Wire (2002), as DCI John Luther on the BBC One series Luther (2010), and as Heimdall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

He later starred in the films Daddy’s Little Girls (2007), 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), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Beasts of No Nation (2015) and Star Trek Beyond (2016). He voiced Chief Bogo in Zootopia (2016), Shere Khan in The Jungle Book (2016), and Fluke in Finding Dory (2016).

Idris Elba was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2016 New Years Honours for his services to drama.



Spouse Sabrina Dhowre Elba (26 April 2019 – present)
Sonya Hamlin (9 April 2006 – 11 August 2006)  (divorced)
Kim Nørgaard (June 1999 – 2003)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Children Elba, Isan
Elba, Winston
Parents Elba, Eve
Elba, Winston


Trade Mark

Deep baritone voice
Strong London accent


Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) $8,000,000




63% No Score Yet Three Thousand Years of Longing The Djinn (Character) 2022
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beast Dr. Nate Daniels (Character) 2022
69% 96% Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Knuckles (Voice) $190.0M 2022
88% 93% The Harder They Fall Rufus Buck (Character) 2021
90% 82% The Suicide Squad Bloodsport (Character) $55.8M 2021
80% 69% Concrete Cowboy Harp (Character),
19% 53% Cats Macavity (Character) $27.2M 2019
67% 88% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Brixton (Character) $173.8M 2019
54% 51% Yardie Director $35.6K 2018
85% 91% Avengers: Infinity War Heimdall (Character) $678.8M 2018
82% 84% Molly’s Game Charlie Jaffey (Character) $28.7M 2017
93% 87% Thor: Ragnarok Heimdall (Character) $315.0M 2017
39% 47% The Mountain Between Us Ben Bass (Character) $30.3M 2017
15% 44% The Dark Tower Roland (Character) $50.7M 2017
41% 36% A Hundred Streets Max (Character),
48% 41% Bastille Day Sean Briar (Character) $39.0K 2016
86% 80% Star Trek Beyond Krall (Character) $158.8M 2016
94% 84% Finding Dory Fluke (Voice) $486.2M 2016
94% 86% The Jungle Book Shere Khan (Voice) $364.0M 2016
98% 92% Zootopia Chief Bogo (Voice) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mandela, My Dad and Me Unknown (Character),
Executive Producer
91% 92% Beasts of No Nation Commandant (Character),
$83.9K 2015
76% 82% Avengers: Age of Ultron Heimdall (Character) $459.0M 2015
16% 31% The Gunman DuPont (Character) $10.6M 2015
77% 38% Second Coming Mark (Character) 2014
No Score Yet 72% Enchanted Kingdom Narrator 2014
12% 55% No Good Deed Colin (Character),
Executive Producer
$52.5M 2014
62% 68% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela (Character) $8.3M 2013
66% 75% Thor: The Dark World Heimdall (Character) $206.4M 2013
72% 77% Pacific Rim Stacker Pentecost (Character) $101.8M 2013
73% 68% Prometheus Janek (Character) $126.5M 2012
13% 60% Demons Never Die Executive Producer 2011
18% 31% Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Moreau (Character) $51.8M 2011
77% 76% Thor Heimdall (Character) $268.0M 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gumball 3000 – LDN 2 NYC Self 2011
86% 42% Legacy Malcolm Gray (Character) 2010
28% 62% Takers Gordon Jennings (Character) $57.7M 2010
48% 54% The Losers Roque (Character) $23.6M 2010
19% 46% Obsessed Derek Charles (Character) $68.3M 2009
10% 30% The Unborn Father Arthur Wyndham (Character) $42.6M 2009
No Score Yet 27% The Human Contract Larry (Character) 2008
60% 71% RocknRolla Mumbles (Character) $5.7M 2008
7% 38% Prom Night Det. Winn (Character) $43.8M 2008
55% 81% This Christmas Quentin Whitfield (Character) $49.1M 2007
72% 66% 28 Weeks Later Gen. Stone (Character) $28.6M 2007
8% 49% The Reaping Ben (Character) $25.1M 2007
26% 81% Daddy’s Little Girls Monty (Character) $31.3M 2007
80% 89% American Gangster Tango (Character) $130.1M 2007
No Score Yet 95% Sometimes in April Augustin (Character) 2005
32% 75% The Gospel Reverend Charles Frank (Character) $15.8M 2005
No Score Yet 86% One Love Aaron (Character) 2003
No Score Yet 59% Belle maman Grégoire (Character) 1999
No Score Yet 78% Ultraviolet Unknown (Character) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Silent Witness: Blood, Sweat and Tears Charlie (Character) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ruth Rendell Mysteries: Heartstones Unknown (Character) 1996


No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2022
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 20112013-201420172022
No Score Yet 51% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2016-20172021
No Score Yet 66% Desus & Mero Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet A World of Calm Narrator 2020
No Score Yet 100% In The Long Run Walter (Character),
No Score Yet No Score Yet Elba vs. Block Executive Producer,
No Score Yet No Score Yet Oprah Talks COVID-19 Guest 2020
No Score Yet 8% The View Guest 20172019
No Score Yet 45% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2019
52% 89% Turn Up Charlie Charlie (Character),
Executive Producer
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Host 2019
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 20172019
88% 87% Luther DCI John Luther (Character),
Associate Producer,
Associate Editor,
No Score Yet 100% El show de Graham Norton Guest 20142017-2018
No Score Yet 25% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 20152017
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 20152017
75% 52% Guerrilla Kent (Character),
Executive Producer
No Score Yet 28% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Idris Elba: King of Speed Host 2013
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010-2011
55% 80% The Big C Lenny (Guest Star) 2010
81% 89% The Office Charles Miner (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Unknown (Character) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange Host 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jonny Zero Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girlfriends Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
94% 97% The Wireٍ Russell “Stringer” Bell (Character) 2002-2004
No Score Yet 63% CSI: Miami Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
20% No Score Yet Hack Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ultraviolet Vaughn Rice (Character) 1998

Idris Elba on youtube


Idris Elba Wants to Fight While Eating Spicy Wings | Hot Ones


Idris Elba Being Thirsted Over by Female Celebrities


Idris Elba Talks Childhood, Playing American Roles, And ‘The Mountain Between Us’ | The View


Idris Elba Goes Sneaker Shopping With Complex


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