Golden Globe and SAG winning actor IDRIS ELBA (Charlie Jaffey) showcases his
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 highprofile
films as well as 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
of "Troilus and Cressida." Shortly thereafter he landed a part on the acclaimed
television series "Law &
Soon after his move to the states, Elba 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 Series."
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, he 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
Award Nomination), The Losers (NAACP Image Award nomination), Legacy (which he
produced), Ghost Rider with Nicolas Cage, Ridley Scott's Prometheus with Michael
Charlize Theron, Thor with Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth, Guillermo del
Toro's Pacific Rim
alongside Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day and Rinko Kikuchi, No Good Deed alongside
Taraji P. Henson
(which he also executive produced), The Gunman with Sean Penn and Javier Bardem
and 100 Streets.
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
nomination. In 2015, Elba was seen in Beasts of No Nation, directed by Cary
Fukunaga for Netflix,
which earned him a SAG award, London Evening Standard award and Film Independent
and nominations for a Golden Globe, BAFTA, and NAACP. In 2016, Elba was seen in
Beyond, Zootopia and The Jungle Book.
Elba will next be seen in The Dark Tower, The Mountains Between Us, and Thor:
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
"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
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.
2016, Elba will be seen in the TV mini-series "Guerrilla" for Showtime.
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 US.
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