Idrissa Akuna Elba, most widely known as Idris Elba is an award-winning British actor. He is popularly known around for his roles in “The Wire,” “Luther,” “
,” and “Mandela: Long walk to freedom.” Idris Elba started out as a British actor and gradually made his way to Hollywood. He won a Golden Globe award for his performance in “Luther”. An only child, Elba was born in Newham, London, England. His father, Winston, and mother, Eve married and moved to London.
Elba grew up in East Ham and attended school in Canning Town. It was in school, where he got involved in acting. He claims to have met his first agent during the play, The Stage. He left school and joined the National Youth Music Theatre. During his recent years at the theater, he used to work multiple jobs in between the roles to support himself. It was during this period that he started working around in nightclubs and attained the nickname Big Drills.
Elba started auditioning for acting roles on television in his early twenties. He got his first big role in a series called Bramwell, where he played the lead character. He gradually got a role in various soap operas such as Family Affairs, Ultraviolet, and Dangerfield. Soon after he shifted his career to
, he performed in various series as a supporting turn. His big break landed when he got a chance to play a starring role in an HBO drama, The Wire.
Later on, Elba was asked for the lead role on the television show Luther. With this role, he won the 60th Golden Globe Awards for the Best Actor in Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Elba also appeared in various other films such as “Daddy’s Little Girls”, “28 Weeks Later” and “This Christmas” which were a blockbuster hit bringing in $50 million at the box office in 2007. Elba also starred in many horror films and thrillers out of which a few were a huge success in the box office.
His biggest achievement yet was in the fall of 2013, when he got a role in the biographical film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” in which he portrayed President Nelson Mandela. Elba was recently spotted in the thriller “
No Good Deed
” and the drama “Beasts of No Nation”. He got nominated five times for the Golden Globe Award and four times for a Primetime Emmy Award. He won one of the Golden Globe Award for his performance in “Luther”.
Apart from being starring in films, the actor also appeared in music videos for Fat Joe, Angie Stone, and rapper Giggs. Elba was also seen to have performed on the intro to Jay-Z’s album American Gangster. He appeared as a DJ internationally and opened for various celebrities during their music tours. He has two kids, a daughter named Isan with his former wife Kim and a son named Winston with his girlfriend Naiyana Garth. He was appointed as the Anti-Crime Ambassador in April 2009 for the Prince’s Trust.
For his looks For his looks, Elba was selected as one of People’s annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World in May 2007. Named as the Sexiest Man of the Year by Essence in 2013, ranked no.2 in People’s annual Sexiest Man Alive 2013 and was named one of GQ magazine’s 50 best dressed British men.