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Golden Globe and SAG winning actor IDRIS ELBA showcases his creative versatility
both on-screen in television and film as well as behind the camera as a producer
and director. He is the first actor to receive dual SAG awards in one evening.
He continues to captivate audiences and secure his position as the one to watch
in Hollywood, with a string of well-received performances in high-profile films
as well as and multiple critically acclaimed television series.
Prior to his big screen debut, Elba's career skyrocketed on the small screen
in some of UK's top rated shows including Dangerfield, Bramwell and Ultraviolet.
In 2000, Ultraviolet was purchased by Fox in the United States, offering Idris a
break into the American marketplace. He soon moved to New York and earned rave
reviews for his portrayal of Achilles in Sir Peter Hall's off-Broadway
production of Troilus and Cressida. Shortly thereafter he landed a part on the
acclaimed television series Law & Order.
Soon after his move to the states, Idris landed the role of Stringer Bell, the
lieutenant of a Baltimore drug empire on HBO's critically acclaimed series The
Wire. Elba's portrayal of the complex but deadly Bell is arguably one of the
most compelling performances in TV history. In 2005, his performance earned him
an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
In 2005, Elba began his film career in such projects as HBO's Sometimes in
April (NAACP Image Award nomination), Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls (BET
Award nomination), The Reaping alongside Hilary Swank, and the horror thriller
28 Weeks Later.
In 2007, Elba starred in Ridley Scott's Golden Globe nominated American Gangster
with Denzel Washington, Russel Crowe, Ruby Dee and Josh Brolin. The cast went on
to receive a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Following, he starred in Guy
Ritchie's RocknRolla with Tom Hardy, opposite Beyonce Knowles in Obsessed (NAACP
Image Award Nomination), The Losers (NAACP Image Award nomination), Legacy
(which he also executive produced), Ghost Rider with Nicolas Cage, Ridley
Scott's Prometheus with Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron, Thor with
Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth, and Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim
alongside Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day and Rinko Kikuchi. In 2013, Elba starred
as Nelson Mandela in The Weinstein Company biopic Mandela: The Long Walk to
Freedom. His performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination and an NAACP Image
Award nomination. The next year, he both starred in and executive produced No
Good Deed, a thriller also starring Taraji Henson. In March 2015, Elba appeared
in Pierre Morel's The Gunman, alongside Sean Penn and Javier Bardem.
More recently, Elba was seen in Beasts of No Nation, directed by Cary Fukunaga,
which earned him a SAG award, London Evening Standard award and Film Independent
Spirit award, and nominations for a Golden Globe, BAFTA, and NAACP. He was most
recently seen in Zootopia and The Jungle Book for Disney, Star Trek Beyond and
The Dark Tower. He will next be seen in Thor: Ragnarok.
Elba returned to television in 2009 when he joined the cast of NBC's hit
television show The Office as Michael Scott's less than amused boss Charles
Minor. In 2010, he landed the title role of John Luther in the BBC crime drama
mini-series Luther. Following the first season, Elba was nominated for an Emmy
for his performance in Luther as well as for his guest appearance on Showtime's
The Big C. His performance in the first season of Luther earned him an NAACP
Image Award, a BET Award, and a Golden Globe. In 2012, Elba earned an Emmy
nomination for the second season of Luther. The third installment of the BBC
mini-series aired in September 2013. His performance earned him an Emmy and
Golden Globe nomination as well as an NAACP Image Award. In 2015, Elba reprised
his role as Luther for the two-part final installment of the series, for which
he earned a Critics' Choice Award and nominations for a Golden Globe, SAG, NAACP
and BAFTA TV award.
In 2013, Elba made his directorial debut with the teleplay The Pavement
Psychologist for Sky/Sprout Pictures as part of Sky's Playhouse Presents series
starring Anna Friel, which Elba also wrote. He also created, directed and
starred in the music video "Lover of Light" by Mumford and Sons, which has
received more than 9 million You Tube views to date. In 2014, Elba starred in
and produced a two-part documentary titled King of Speed for BBC Two and BBC
America with his production company Green Door Pictures. In 2015, Elba and Green
Door Pictures released the documentary Mandela, My Dad and Me, which follows
Elba during the making of his album mi Mandela.
In winter 2015, Elba launched his clothing line Idris Elba + Superdry, which
combines vintage Americana styling with Japanese inspired graphics, available in
both the UK and U.S.
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