Idris Elba

Confident persuader who swayed opinions.

Idris Elba
Full NameIdrissa Akuna Elba


Idrissa Akuna Elba, the only child of the illustrious Winston and Eve Elba, was born and raised in London, England. From an early age, Idrissa was destined for greatness, having been granted a £1,500 Prince's Trust grant to attend the National Youth Music Theatre. While between acting roles, Idrissa worked in a variety of roles, from tyre-fitting to cold call advertising sales and even night shifts at the Ford Dagenham. At 19, Idrissa took on the moniker of DJ Big Driis and began performing at local nightclubs, before embarking on his acting career in his early twenties. His first roles included Family Affairs (1997), Ultraviolet (1998), and Dangerfield (1995). Idrissa is now best known for his role as Russell "Stringer" Bell in the acclaimed series The Wire (2002-2004). Idrissa is a shining example of what can be achieved with hard work and determination.

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  • Golden Globe2012
    LutherBest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television


  • The Wire
  • The Office
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Luther
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
  • The Big C
  • Zootopia
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
  • Lego Marvel's Avengers
  • Ultraviolet
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Sometimes in April
  • Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Idris Elba: Dance Off
  • American Gangster
  • Beasts of No Nation
  • Jonny Zero
  • Queens Supreme
  • Enchanted Kingdom
  • Molly's Game
  • The Jungle Book
  • In the Long Run
  • Finding Dory
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • RocknRolla
  • 71st Golden Globe Awards
  • The Suicide Squad
  • Turn Up Charlie
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • 73rd Golden Globe Awards
  • Idris Elba's Fight School
  • Thor
  • Prometheus
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Pacific Rim
  • Idris Elba: Fighter
  • 28 Weeks Later
  • Zootopia+
  • Playhouse Presents
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Ruth Rendell Mysteries
  • 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • Three Thousand Years of Longing
  • The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards
  • The Harder They Fall

Family Tree

Born and raised in London, England, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born to Winston, a Sierra Leonean, and Eve, a Ghanaian. His upbringing was humble and his parents instilled in him a strong work ethic. At school in Canning Town, his love of acting was discovered and with the help of a £1,500 grant from the Prince's Trust, he gained a place in the National Youth Music Theatre. To support himself between acting roles, Idris worked odd jobs such as tyre-fitting, cold call advertising sales, and night shifts at Ford Dagenham. He also embraced a musical career, performing as DJ Big Driis and releasing his own singles. Now a celebrated actor, Idris is an inspiration to many and a testament to the power of hard work and determination.

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