Idris Elba

Last updated on the 26 March 2024 by Evandrus

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Mini Biography

Born: 6 September, 1972, Hackney, London, England.

Idris Elba was born and raised in Hackney, East London, to immigrant parents from Sierra Leone and Ghana. Growing up in a working-class family, he faced challenges but found solace in his love for acting.

After completing his schooling, Elba went on to study at the National Youth Music Theatre in London, where he honed his acting skills and developed a deep understanding of the craft. His dedication and talent were evident, leading him to secure a place at the prestigious National Youth Theatre.

Elba’s breakthrough came in 2002 when he landed the role of Stringer Bell in the critically acclaimed American television series “The Wire.”

Following this success, Elba continued to make waves on both the small and big screens. He delivered memorable performances in projects such as “Luther,” where he portrayed the brilliant but troubled detective John Luther, earning him a Golden Globe Award. Elba’s filmography includes notable roles in movies such as “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Beasts of No Nation,” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Heimdall in the “Thor” and “Avengers” films.

Beyond acting, Elba has also ventured into music and DJing, showcasing his versatility as an artist. He has collaborated with renowned musicians and released several singles and albums, blending genres like hip-hop, soul, and electronic music.

While Elba’s professional accomplishments are well-known, he has also been open about his personal life. He is married to Sabrina Dhowre, whom he wed in 2019. Elba is the father of two children, a daughter named Isan and a son named Winston.

In addition to his artistic pursuits, Elba is actively involved in philanthropy. He has supported various charitable causes, including organizations focused on children’s education and health initiatives.


Suggested viewing


Luther (2010)

Luther poster

Bftv 9.0  / IMDb 8.4

Luther is a British psychological crime drama television series. The story revolves around the brilliant yet troubled detective John Luther, played by Idris Elba. Luther tackles complex cases while battling his own inner demons, making for a gripping and intense narrative filled with suspense, intrigue, and moral dilemmas.

Top cast: Idris Elba, Michael Smiley, Dermot Crowley, Warren Brown, Ruth Wilson, Paul McGann, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Indira Varma, Steven Mackintosh.

Three Thousand Years of Longing (2022)

Three Thousand Years of Longing

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.7

“Three Thousand Years of Longing” is a fantasy romance film directed by George Miller. The story follows a lonely woman who encounters a mysterious and immortal Djinn. As they embark on a journey spanning centuries, their fates intertwine in a tale of love, desire, and the consequences of immortality.

Top cast: Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba, George Miller, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, Tom Hanks, Charlize Theron.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

Mandela Long Walk to Freedom

Bftv 8.5  / IMDb 7.1

“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is a biographical film based on the life of Nelson Mandela. The story chronicles his journey from a young lawyer fighting against apartheid in South Africa to becoming the first democratically elected President of the country. It explores his struggles, sacrifices, and unwavering commitment to justice and equality.

Top cast: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Fana Mokoena, Robert Hobbs, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Terry Pheto.

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Beasts of No Nation poster

Bftv 8.5  / IMDb 7.7

“Beasts of No Nation” is a war drama film based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala. The story follows Agu, a young boy caught in the midst of a civil war in an unnamed African country. As he is forced to become a child soldier, the film explores the harrowing experiences, loss of innocence, and resilience in the face of unimaginable brutality.

Top cast: Abraham Attah, Idris Elba, Emmanuel Nii Adom Quaye, Opeyemi Fagbohungbe, Emmanuel Affadzi, Richard Pepple, Ama K. Abebrese, Kobina Amissah-Sam, John Arthur.


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