Idris Elba OBE

Idris Elba OBE

Actor, Director & DJ


The actor, writer, director and DJ found fame as Stringer Bell in The Wire and has since appeared in films a wide-ranging as Marvel’s Thor and Long Walk to Freedom, the story of Nelson Mandela.


Now one of East London’s best-known names, Idris Elba first found fame as Stringer Bell in HBO’s global hit drama, The Wire, before returning to his native London to star in Luther. He has since appeared in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, Marvel’s Thor (as well as various sequels and Avengers films) and productions from Star Trek: Beyond to Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Idris started his acting career with a string of smaller roles in the UK before moving to New York, where he appeared in various stage productions, as well as in Law & Order, CSI: Miami, and his first feature film, Buffalo Soldiers. Since The Wire, he has appeared in television hits stretching from the US version of The Office to The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, The Big C to Luther, for which he won a Golden Globe. He was widely praised for his performance in the Netflix feature Beasts of No Nation, and his other film work has included roles in the Stephen King adaptation The Dark Tower, Molly’s Game, Pacific Rim, and as the voice of Shere Khan in Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book. He’s also demonstrated his comic credentials as both writer and star of Sky’s 80s-set sitcom In the Long Run, and has moved behind the camera with his directorial debut, Yardie.

In addition to his extensive filmography, Idris also writes and produces music and DJs, and directed and performed in the Mumford & Sons video, Lover of Light. Away from film, television and music he’s a active supporter of numerous charities and causes, from improving literacy to cancer research, but particularly those involved in projects in Africa such as the ONE Campaign and W.E Can Lead. He’s worked alongside the UK Government in efforts to help defeat ebola in West Africa, and also works with the Prince’s Trust. He’s collaborated with fashion company Superdry to create a line of clothing, has (successfully) tried his hand at professional-level mixed martial arts, and has been named by Time magazine as one of it’s 100 Most Influential People.

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