Idrissa Akuna Elba, popularly known as Idris Elba is an English actor, producer, director, musician, DJ, and rapper.
Facts of Idris Elba
|Full Name:||Idris Elba|
|Age:||50 years 5 months|
|Birth Date:||September 06, 1972|
|Birth Place:||London, England, UK|
|Married Date:||April 26, 2019|
|Children:||Two (Isan Elba and Winston Elba)|
|Relationship affair ?:||No|
|Is gay ?:||No|
|Father's Name:||Winston Elba|
|Mother's Name:||Eve Elba|
|Education:||Barking and Dagenham College|
|Height / How tall :||6.2 inch|
|Ethnicity:||Sierra Leonean and Ghanaian|
|Eye Color:||Dark Brown|
|Best Match for Marriage:||Taurus, Capricorn|
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Idrissa Akuna Elba, popularly known as Idris Elba is an English actor, producer, director, musician, DJ, and rapper. Elba is best known for his roles as drug trafficker Stringer Bell on the HBO series The Wire, DCI John Luther on the BBC One series Luther, and Nelson Mandel in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. His other major films are American Gangster, Prometheus, Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Pacific Rim, Star Trek Beyond. He made his directorial debut in 2018 with an adaptation of the 1992 novel Yardie by Victor Headley.
He also works as a DJ and an R&B artist under the moniker DJ Big Driis (or Big Driis the Londoner). He has over 3.9 million Instagram followers.
What Idris Elba Is Known For
– His portrayal of Stringer Bell on HBO’s The Wire.
– His portrayal of DCI John Luther on BBC One’s Luther.
– In the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, he plays Nelson Mandela.
Idris Elba was born in which country?
Idris Elba was born on 6 September 1972 in London, England. Idrissa Akuna Elba is his given name. He was born in Sierra Leone to a Sierra Leonean father and a Ghanaian mother. He was born in Hackney, London, England. He is a British national. Virgo is his zodiac sign. He was raised in East Ham and Hackney.
His education started at Kingsland High School and continued at Barking and Dagenham College.
He attributes his first major break to The Stage. He saw an advertisement for a play and auditioned for the part.
In 1986, he began assisting an uncle with his wedding DJ service. Within a year, he established his own DJ business. During his youth, he played in nightclubs under the DJ alias “Big Driis.”
He dropped out of school in 1988. He was awarded a 1,500 Prince’s Trust grant to join the National Youth Music Theater. He supported himself during his early career by working various jobs such as tire fitting, cold calling, and night shifts at Ford Dagenham.
Career in Television
Elba’s first acting role was in a Crimewatch reenactment of a murder.
Following that, he appeared as a guest star in 2point4 Children, Space Precinct, The Bill, Absolutely Fabulous, and Bramwell.
He landed one of the lead roles in the ITV television drama series The Governor as Officer Chiswick.
He is best known for his portrayal of Russell “Stringer” Stringer. The Wire is an American television crime thriller series. Between 2002 and 2004, he appeared in the series.
He is also well-known for his portrayal of DCI John Luther in the British television crime drama Luther. Since 2010, he has appeared in the series. He is also the series’ associate producer.
Other notable television productions include The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Insiders, Family Affairs, Ultraviolet, Dangerfield, The Office, The Big C, and Guerrilla.
Among the other television shows on which he has appeared as a guest are Crocodile Shoes II, Crucial Tales, Silent Witness, Verdict, In Defence, London’s Burning, Law & Order, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Hack, CSI: Miami, Queens Supreme, Soul Food, Girlfriends, Jonny Zero, and The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.
In 2012, he hosted Idris Elba’s How Clubbing Changed the World; in 2013, he hosted Idris Elba: King of Speed; in 2015, he hosted Idris Elba: No Limits; and in 2017, he hosted Idris Elba: Fighter.
Career in Film
He made his feature film debut in 1999 with the French comedy Belle Maman.
Since then, he has starred in a number of British and American films.
He is best known for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in the documentary Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
American Gangster, Prometheus, Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Revenge, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Pacific Rim, and Star Trek Beyond are some of his other notable films.
Buffalo Soldiers, One Love, The Gospel, Daddy’s Little Girls, The Reaping, 28 Weeks Later, This Christmas, Prom Night, RocknRolla, The Human Contract, The Unborn, Obsessed, Legacy, The Losers, Takers, No Good Deed, Second Coming, The Gunman, Beasts of No Country, Bastille Day, 100 Streets, The Dark Tower, Molly’s Game, The Mountain Between Us, and The Human Contract are among his other
He has starred in the films Zootopia, The Jungle Book, and Finding Dory as a voice actor.
He made his directorial debut in 2018 with an adaptation of Victor Headley’s 1992 novel Yardie.
Hobbs & Shaw and Cats are two of his upcoming films.
He has also starred in music videos for Macklemore’s “Dance Off” and Wiley, Sean Paul, and Stefflon Don’s “Boasty.”
In 2006, he released the four-song EP Big Guy.
In 2007, he co-produced and performed on Jay-album Z’s American Gangster’s intro.
He was a DJ at Las Vegas’s 2007 NBA All-Star parties at The Venetian and Ice House Lounge.
In 2009, he served as the DJ for BET’s current series Rising Icons.
His second EP, Kings Of Kings, was released in 2009, and his third EP, High-Class Problems Vol. 1, was released in 2010.
In 2011, he self-released his debut mixtape, Merry DriisMas Holiday Mixtape.
He sang the intro to Pharoahe Monch’s 2011 album W.A.R.
He made, co-directed, and starred in Mumford and Sons’ 2012 music video for “Lover of the Light.”
In 2012, he produced and starred in Giggs’ “Hustle On.”
In 2014, he released his fourth EP, Idris Elba Presents Mi Mandella.
In 2015, he released his debut album, Murdah Loves John.
In November 2015, he opened for Madonna during her Rebel Heart Tour in Berlin, Germany.
In July 2018, he founded his record label, 7 Wallace Music.
In April 2019, he played at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Discovery Channel produced a documentary, Idris Elba: Fighter. The documentary chronicles Elba’s 12-month kickboxing and mixed martial arts training, his first professional kickboxing fight, and his win against Dutch Lionel Graves.
2010 BET Award for Best Actor for The Losers.
2011 BET Award for Best Actor for Takers and Luther.
2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for Luther.
2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film for Luther.
2012 Black Reel Award for Best Actor: T.V. Movie/Cable for Luther.
2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for Luther.
2015 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, 2015 Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, 2015 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, and 2015 Kermode Award for Best Actor for Beasts of No Nation.
2015 Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries and 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie for Luther.
2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance and 2017 Black Reel Award for Outstanding Voice Performance for The Jungle Book.
One of People’s annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World in May 2007.
Essence’s annual Sexiest Man of the Year 2013.
MOBO Inspiration Award 2014.
GQ magazines’ 50 best-dressed British men 2015.
Appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honors for services to drama.
Male Title for the “Rear of the Year” award in Britain in 2017.
One of 50 people named for “making London awesome” and helping to shape London’s cultural landscape who was featured in Time Out to mark the magazine’s 50th anniversary in 2018.
People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2018.
Who is Idris Elba Married To?
Idris Elba has been married 3 times. He first married Hanne “Kim” Norgaard in 1999. They divorced in 2003. He has a daughter named Isan with Kim, born in 2002.
He then married Sonya Nicole Hamlin in 2006. However, their marriage lasted only for four months.
He has a son named Winston from his ex-girlfriend Naiyana Garth.
He is now married to model Sabrina Dhowre. The couple started dating in early 2017. They got engaged on 10 February 2018 during a screening of his film Yardie at an East London cinema. The couple tied a knot to each other on 26 April 2019 in Marrakesh, Morocco.
How Tall is Idris Elba?
Idris Elba stands at a height of 1.90 m i.e. 6 feet and 2 and a half inches tall. He has a bodyweight of 211.5 lbs i.e. 96 kg. He has an athletic body build. He has dark brown eyes and his hair color is black.
What is Idris Elba Net Worth?
Idris Elba earns from his acting career. He has appeared in numerous British and American films and television series. Besides acting, he is also a professional DJ and rapper. He has also appeared in numerous television advertisements. He has worked in television advertisements for Sky, Oude Meester, Jaguar, Optus, Purdey’s, Superdry, Omaze, Nike, Grand Basel, and Squarespace among others. He has collaborated with British fashion label Superdry in 2015. His major income comes from working in the entertainment industry. As of 2019, his net worth is estimated at $25 million.