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    Idris Elba


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    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 ... See full bio »
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    Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 25 wins & 87 nominations. See more awards »

    Known For

    Beasts of No Nation Commandant
    (2015)
    Thor: Ragnarok Heimdall
    (2017)
    The Losers Roque
    (2010)
    (2016)

    Filmography

    Hide Hide Show Show Actor (96 credits)
      Mouse Guard (announced)
    Celanawe (voice)
     2019 Cats (post-production)
    Macavity
     2019 NBA 2K20 (Video Game) (voice)
     2019 Turn Up Charlie (TV Series)
    Charlie
    - Episode #1.8 (2019) ... Charlie
    - Episode #1.7 (2019) ... Charlie
    - Episode #1.6 (2019) ... Charlie
    - Episode #1.5 (2019) ... Charlie
    - Episode #1.4 (2019) ... Charlie
     2010-2019 Luther (TV Series)
    DCI John Luther
    - Episode #5.4 (2019) ... DCI John Luther
    - Episode #5.3 (2019) ... DCI John Luther
    - Episode #5.2 (2019) ... DCI John Luther
    - Episode #5.1 (2019) ... DCI John Luther
    - Episode #4.2 (2015) ... DCI John Luther
     2018 In the Long Run (TV Series)
    Walter
    - Episode #1.6 (2018) ... Walter
    - Episode #1.5 (2018) ... Walter
    - Episode #1.4 (2018) ... Walter
    - Episode #1.3 (2018) ... Walter
    - Episode #1.2 (2018) ... Walter
     2018 Avengers: Infinity War
    Heimdall
     2017 Thor: Ragnarok
    Heimdall
     2017 The Mountain Between Us
    Ben Bass
     2017 Molly's Game
    Charlie Jaffey
     2017 The Dark Tower
    Roland
     2017 Guerrilla (TV Mini-Series)
    Kent
    - Episode #1.6 (2017) ... Kent
    - Episode #1.4 (2017) ... Kent
    - Episode #1.2 (2017) ... Kent
    - Episode #1.1 (2017) ... Kent
     2017 Five by Five (TV Mini-Series)
    Alpha Ash
    - Michael (2017) ... Alpha Ash
    - Ash (2017) ... Alpha Ash
     2016 Finding Dory: Marine Life Interviews (Video short)
    Fluke (voice, uncredited)
     2016 Star Trek Beyond
    Krall
     2016 100 Streets
    Max
     2016 Finding Dory
    Fluke (voice)
     2016 Bastille Day
    Sean Briar
     2016 The Jungle Book
    Shere Khan (voice)
     2016 Zootopia
    Chief Bogo (voice)
     2015 Beasts of No Nation
    Commandant
     2015 Playhouse Presents (TV Series)
    Akuna's Father / Narrator
    - King for a Term (2015) ... Akuna's Father / Narrator
     2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron
    Heimdall
     2015 The Gunman
    Barnes
     2014/I No Good Deed
    Colin
     2014 Second Coming
    Mark
     2013 Thor: The Dark World
    Heimdall
     2013 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
    Nelson Mandela
     2013 Pacific Rim
    Stacker Pentecost
     2012/I Prometheus
    Janek
     2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Video Game)
    Truck (voice)
     2011 Aqua Teen Hunger Force (TV Series)
    Police Officer
    - Intervention (2011) ... Police Officer (voice)
     2011 Thor
    Heimdall
     2010 The Big C (TV Series)
    Lenny
    - The Ecstasy and the Agony (2010) ... Lenny
    - Happy Birthday, Cancer (2010) ... Lenny
    - Taking Lumps (2010) ... Lenny
    - Blue-Eyed Iris (2010) ... Lenny
     2010 Takers
    Gordon Jennings
     2010/I The Losers
    Roque
     2010/I Legacy
    Malcolm Gray
     2009 The Office (TV Series)
    Charles Miner
    - Company Picnic (2009) ... Charles Miner
    - Broke (2009) ... Charles Miner
    - Heavy Competition (2009) ... Charles Miner
    - Dream Team (2009) ... Charles Miner
    - Michael Scott Paper Company (2009) ... Charles Miner
     2009 Obsessed
    Derek
     2009 The Unborn
    Arthur Wyndham
     2008 The Human Contract
    Larry
     2008 RocknRolla
    Mumbles
     2008/I Prom Night
    Detective Winn
     2008 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (TV Series)
    Charlie Gotso
    - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (2008) ... Charlie Gotso
     2007 This Christmas
    Quentin Whitfield
     2007 American Gangster
    Tango
     2007 28 Weeks Later
    Stone
     2007 The Reaping
    Ben
     2007 Daddy's Little Girls
    Monty
     2006 All in the Game (TV Movie)
    Paul
     2005 The Gospel
    Reverend Charles Frank
     2005 World of Trouble (TV Movie)
     2005 Jonny Zero (TV Series)
    Hodge
    - To Serve and to Protect (2005) ... Hodge
     2005 Sometimes in April (TV Movie)
    Augustin
     2005 Girlfriends (TV Series)
    Paul Raymond
    - All in a Panic (2005) ... Paul Raymond
     2002-2004 The Wire (TV Series)
    Russell 'Stringer' Bell
    - Mission Accomplished (2004) ... Russell 'Stringer' Bell
    - Middle Ground (2004) ... Russell 'Stringer' Bell
    - Reformation (2004) ... Russell 'Stringer' Bell
    - Slapstick (2004) ... Russell 'Stringer' Bell
    - Moral Midgetry (2004) ... Russell 'Stringer' Bell
     2003 CSI: Miami (TV Series)
    Angelo Sedaris
    - The Best Defense (2003) ... Angelo Sedaris
     2003 One Love
    Aaron
     2003 Soul Food (TV Series)
    Smitty
    - Sacrifice Fly (2003) ... Smitty
     2003 Queens Supreme (TV Series)
    Carla
    - Mad About You (2003) ... Carla
     2002 Hack (TV Series)
    Mac Boone
    - My Alibi (2002) ... Mac Boone
     2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (TV Series)
    Robert Gabriel
    - Payment in Blood (2002) ... Robert Gabriel
     2001 Law & Order (TV Series)
    Lonnie Liston
    - 3 Dawg Night (2001) ... Lonnie Liston
     2001 Buffalo Soldiers
    Kimborough
     2001 London's Burning (TV Series)
    L / Cpl. Frost
    - Episode #13.10 (2001) ... L / Cpl. Frost
    - Episode #13.9 (2001) ... L / Cpl. Frost
     2000 Ultraviolet (TV Movie)
    Vaughan Rice
     2000 In Defence (TV Series)
    PC Paul Fraser
    - Episode #1.3 (2000) ... PC Paul Fraser
     2000 Sorted
    Jam
     1999 Dangerfield (TV Series)
    Matt Gregory
    - Tying the Knot (1999) ... Matt Gregory
    - Something Personal (1999) ... Matt Gregory
    - A Day in the Country (1999) ... Matt Gregory
    - Haunted (1999) ... Matt Gregory
    - Diminished Responsibility (1999) ... Matt Gregory
     1999 Belle maman
    Grégoire
     1998 Ultraviolet (TV Mini-Series)
    Vaughan Rice
    - Persona Non Grata (1998) ... Vaughan Rice
    - Terra Incognita (1998) ... Vaughan Rice
    - Mea Culpa (1998) ... Vaughan Rice
    - Sub Judice (1998) ... Vaughan Rice
    - In Nomine Patris (1998) ... Vaughan Rice
     1998 Verdict (TV Series)
    PC Brian Rawlinson
    - Neighbours from Hell (1998) ... PC Brian Rawlinson
     1997 Family Affairs (TV Series)
    Tim Webster
    - Episode #1.158 (1997) ... Tim Webster
    - Episode #1.155 (1997) ... Tim Webster
    - Episode #1.150 (1997) ... Tim Webster
    - Episode #1.147 (1997) ... Tim Webster
    - Episode #1.121 (1997) ... Tim Webster
     1997 Insiders (TV Series)
    Robinson Bennett
    - Exposure (1997) ... Robinson Bennett
    - Good Behaviour (1997) ... Robinson Bennett
    - Offending Behaviour (1997) ... Robinson Bennett
    - Guilty (1997) ... Robinson Bennett
    - Soft Touch (1997) ... Robinson Bennett
     1997 Behind the Mask (Short)
    Ovronramwen
     1997 Silent Witness (TV Series)
    Charlie
    - Blood, Sweat and Tears: Part 2 (1997) ... Charlie
    - Blood, Sweat and Tears: Part 1 (1997) ... Charlie
     1996 Crocodile Shoes II (TV Mini-Series)
    Jo-Jo
    - Troubled Man (1996) ... Jo-Jo
     1996 Crucial Tales (TV Mini-Series)
    Benton
    - Spiders and Flies (1996) ... Benton
     1996 The Governor (TV Series)
    Officer Chiswick
    - Episode #2.6 (1996) ... Officer Chiswick
    - Episode #2.5 (1996) ... Officer Chiswick
    - Episode #2.4 (1996) ... Officer Chiswick
    - Episode #2.3 (1996) ... Officer Chiswick
    - Episode #2.2 (1996) ... Officer Chiswick
     1996 Ruth Rendell Mysteries (TV Series)
    Raffy / Pest Controller
    - Simisola: Part Three (1996) ... Raffy
    - Simisola: Part Two (1996) ... Pest Controller
    - Simisola: Part One (1996) ... Raffy
    - Heartstones: Part One (1996) ... Pest Controller
     1994-1995 The Bill (TV Series)
    Earl Lee / Alex Mason
    - Mother's Ruin (1995) ... Earl Lee
    - Pig in the Middle (1994) ... Alex Mason
     1995 Bramwell (TV Series)
    Charlie Carter
    - Episode #1.3 (1995) ... Charlie Carter
     1995 Absolutely Fabulous (TV Series)
    Hilton
    - Sex (1995) ... Hilton
     1994 Space Precinct (TV Series)
    Pizza Delivery Man
    - Double Duty (1994) ... Pizza Delivery Man
     1994 2point4 Children (TV Series)
    the Parachute Instructor
    - Fortuosity (1994) ... the Parachute Instructor
    Show Show Producer (27 credits)
    Show Show Writer (6 credits)
    Show Show Soundtrack (5 credits)
    Show Show Director (3 credits)
    Show Show Composer (2 credits)
    Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (1 credit)
    Show Show Self (137 credits)
    Show Show Archive footage (12 credits)

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    Personal Details

    Other Works:

    Music video: Appeared in "I Wanna Thank Ya" by R&B artist Angie Stone. See more »

    Publicity Listings:

    1 Print Biography | 4 Interviews | 14 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 10 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

    Official Sites:

    Facebook | Facebook Music | See more »

    Height:

    6' 2?" (1.89 m)
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    Did You Know?

    Personal Quote:

    [on spending a night alone on Robbens Island in what was once Nelson Mandela's isolated cell for 18 years] The place is haunted. At one point, I started to nod off, and this freezing breeze passed my face - it was the end of summer, not cold out at all - and it woke me up, the hairs on the back of my neck standing up. I guarantee you it was a spirit. See more »

    Trivia:

    Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series category for his role as Lenny Charles in The Big C (2010), but lost to Justin Timberlake. See more »

    Trademark:

    Strong London accent See more »

    Nickname:

    DJ Big Driis

    Star Sign:

    Virgo

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