Idrissa Akuna "Idris" Elba (born 6 September 1972) 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. One of his first acting roles was in the soap opera Family Affairs. He is known for playing Russell "Stringer" Bell, a Baltimore drug lord and aspiring businessman, in HBO's critically acclaimed show The Wire. Elba is a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis/Big Driis the Londoner, and a hip-hop soul recording artist.
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, recurring roles in The Office and The Big C, and the title role of Detective John Luther in Luther, which aired on BBC One. Elba has won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of DCI Luther.
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- 2006: Big Man
- 2009: Kings Among Kings
- 2010: High Class Problems Vol. 1
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