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Golden Globe and SAG winning actor IDRIS ELBA (Charlie Jaffey) 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 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 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, 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 (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, 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 Image Award 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 Spirit award, and nominations for a Golden Globe, BAFTA, and NAACP. In 2016, Elba was seen in Star Trek Beyond, Zootopia and The Jungle Book.

Elba will next be seen in The Dark Tower, The Mountains Between Us, and 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 April 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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