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Idris Elba

Born : 6 September 1972
City : London Borough of Hackney, United Kingdom
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Idris Elba Biography

drissa Akuna "Idris" Elba (born 6 September 1972) is a British television theatre and film actor who has starred in both British and American productions. He grew up in Canning Town East London. One of his first acting roles was in the soap opera Family Affairs. He has worked in a variety of TV roles including Ultraviolet and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. He is known for playing Russell "Stringer" Bell a Baltimore drug lord and aspiring businessman in HBO's critically acclaimed show The Wire. Elba is a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis/Big Driis the Londoner and a hip-hop soul recording artist. Some of his other most known roles have come in American Gangster Takers The Losers Thor and Prometheus.

Early life

Elba was born in Hackney, London. His father, Winston, was a Sierra Leonean who worked at a Ford motor factory, and his mother, Eve, was a Ghanaian who had a clerical job. Elba's parents married in Sierra Leone and later moved to London.Elba himself was raised in East Ham, and shortened his first name at school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. He began helping an uncle with his wedding DJ business in 1986; within a year, he had started his own DJ company with some of his friends.

Elba left school in 1988 and won a place in the National Youth Music Theatre, thanks to a 1,500 Prince's Trust grant, but he ended up having to work in various jobs such as tyre-fitting and cold-call advertising sales to earn an income between roles in Crimewatch murder reconstructions. He was working in nightclubs under the DJ nickname Big Driis at the age of 19, but began auditioning for television parts in his early twenties. After a stint in the National Youth Music Theatre, he worked the night shift at Ford Dagenham.

Acting career
Television

In 1995, Elba landed his first role on a series called Bramwell, a medical drama set in 1890s England. He played the lead character in an episode of the first season, an African petty thief named Charlie Carter, who lost his white wife to childbirth and had to figure out how to support his newborn daughter. His first credited role arrived in 1995, with a supporting role as a gigolo on the "Sex" episode of Absolutely Fabulous. Many supporting roles on British television followed, including series such as The Bill and The Ruth Rendell Mysteries. He joined the cast of the soap opera Family Affairs, and went on to appear in the television serial Ultraviolet and later in Dangerfield. He decided to move to New York City soon after. He returned to England occasionally for a television role, such as a part in one of the Inspector Lynley Mysteries. In 2001, Elba played Achilles in a stage production of Troilus and Cressida in New York City.

Music career

In 2001, Elba appeared in music videos for Fat Joe, Angie Stone and English rapper Giggs. In 2006, he recorded the four-song EP Big Man for Hevlar Records. He co-produced and performed on the intro to Jay-Z's 2007 album American Gangster. He DJ'd at the 2007 NBA All Star parties at the The Venetian and Ice House Lounge in Las Vegas.

In July 2009, Elba was the DJ for BET's new series Rising Icons. Elba announced the release of his first single "Please Be True."In the August 2009 issue of Essence magazine, he announced the name of his six-song EP as Kings Among Kings. He released his EP High Class Problems Vol. 1 in the United Kingdom in February 2010, for which he has won many prizes including a Billboard Music Awards nomination.

In 2011, he performed on the intro to Pharoahe Monch's album W.A.R.. In 2012, he co-directed and performed in the Mumford and Sons music video for "Lover of the Light". In 2014 he produced K. Michelle's "The Rebellious Soul Musical" which debuted on "Vh1" on August 19 2014.

Personal life

The Prince's Trust, which Elba credits with helping to start his career, appointed him its Anti-Crime Ambassador in April 2009. In July 2010, he announced his support for Oona King in her campaign to become the Labour Party candidate for Mayor of London in 2012.

Elba has an 11-year-old daughter, Isan from his ex-wife Dormowa Sherman. In 2014, Elba's girlfriend, Naiyana Garth gave birth to her and Elba's first son, Winston.

When asked if he is a religious person, Elba replies that he is more spiritual than religious. He has been a fan of Arsenal FC since he was a teenager.

Popularity

Elba was selected as one of People's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World in May 2007. Idris Elba was named Essence's annual 2013 Sexiest Man of the Year. He was also ranked #2 in People's annual Sexiest Man Alive in 2013.

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