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Idris Elba

Idris Elba

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Idrissa Akuna "Idris" Elba[1] (born 6 September 1972)[1] is an English television, theatre, and film actor who has starred in both British and American productions. He grew up in Canning Town, East London.[1] One of his first acting roles was in the soap opera Family Affairs.[2] He is known for playing Russell "Stringer" Bell, a Baltimore drug lord and aspiring businessman, in HBO's critically acclaimed show The Wire.[3] Elba is a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis/Big Driis the Londoner, and a hip-hop soul recording artist.[1]

Some of his other most known roles have come in American Gangster, Takers, The Losers, Thor and Prometheus.

Besides a prominent role on The Wire, Elba's other televison roles include Ultraviolet and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries,[1] recurring roles in The Office and The Big C, and the title role of Detective John Luther in Luther, which aired on BBC One.[4] Elba has won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of DCI Luther.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999 Belle maman Grégoire
2000 Sorted Jam
2001 Buffalo Soldiers Kimborough
2003 One Love Aaron
2005 The Gospel Charles Frank Nominated — Black Reel Award, Best Actor- Film
2007 Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls Monty James Nominated — BET Award for Actors of the Year
2007 The Reaping Ben
2007 28 Weeks Later General Stone
2007 American Gangster Tango Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2007 This Christmas Quentin Whitfield
2008 Prom Night Detective Winn
2008 RocknRolla Mumbles
2008 The Human Contract Larry
2009 The Unborn Arthur Wyndham
2009 Obsessed Derek Charles Nominated — Image Award, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
2010 Takers Gordon Cozier Nominated — Black Reel Award, Best Ensemble
2010 Legacy Malcolm Gray
2010 The Losers Roque
2011 Thor Heimdall
2012 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Moreau
2012 Prometheus Captain Janek
2013 Pacific Rim Stacker Pentecost Post production
2013 Thor: The Dark World Heimdall filming
2013 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela filming

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1994 Space Precinct Sublight Pizza Drug Courier 1 Episode "Double Duty"
1995 Absolutely Fabulous Gigolo 1 Episode
1996 Crocodile Shoes II Jo-Jo 1 Episode
1997 Family Affairs Tim Webster Many Episodes
1997 Silent Witness Charlie "Blood, Sweat & Tears"
1998 Ultraviolet Vaughan Rice 6 Episodes
1999 Dangerfield Matt Gregory 12 Episodes
2000 In Defence PC Paul Fraser 1 Episode
2002 The Inspector Robert Gabriel 1 Episode
2002–04 The Wire Russell 'Stringer' Bell 37 Episodes
2005 Girlfriends Paul Episode 106 'All in a Panic'
2005 Sometimes in April Augustin Muganza Nominated — Black Reel Award, Best Actor Network/Cable
Nominated — Image Award, Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie/Mini-Series
2008 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Charles Gotso 1 Episode
2009 The Office Charles Miner 7 Episodes
2010 The Big C Lenny 4 Episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2011)
2011 Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1 Police Officer 1 episode
2011–present Luther DCI John Luther 10 Episodes, also Associate Producer
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated — Golden Satellite Award, Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Television Movie
Pending — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2012 Idris Elba's How Clubbing Changed the World Presenter
Video Games
YearTitleRoleNotes
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Sergeant First Class 'Truck' Video Game Voice Works

As producer

YearTitleNotes
2010 Legacy Executive producer (Film)
2010 Walk Like a Panther Executive producer (TV series)
2011–present Luther Producer (TV series)New
2011 How Hip Hop Changed the World Executive Producer (TV Documentary)
Also Host
2011 Demons Never Die Executive Producer (Film)

Discography

EP's
    • 2006: Big Man
    • 2009: Kings Among Kings
    • 2010: High Class Problems Vol. 1

Awards and nominations

List of awards and nominations
AwardYearTitle of workAward categoryResult
BET Awards 2007 Unknown Best Actor Nominated
BET Awards 2008 Unknown Best Actor Nominated
BET Awards 2009 Unknown Best Actor Nominated
BET Awards 2010 Unknown Best Actor Won
BET Awards 2011 Unknown Best Actor Won
Black Reel Awards 2006 The Gospel Best Actor Nominated
Black Reel Awards 2006 Sometimes in April Best Actor Nominated
Black Reel Awards 2012 Luther Best Actor Won
Golden Globe Awards 2010 Luther Best Actor Nominated
Golden Globe Awards 2012 Luther Best Actor Won
NAACP Image Awards 2006 Sometimes in April Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special Nominated
NAACP Image Awards 2010 Obsessed Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
NAACP Image Awards 2011 Luther Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special Won
NAACP Image Awards 2011 Takers Image Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2008 American Gangster Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 Luther Outstanding Leading Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 The Big C Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 Luther Outstanding Leading Actor in a Mini-Series or Movie Nominated
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