Born on September 6, , in London, England, actor Idris Elba starred in British productions before making his way to the United States, earning attention for playing a crime boss in The Wire. He landed a number of British television roles and worked with his father in a car factory before eventually making his way to America. Other parts followed, though Elba later lamented that he was continuing to get lots of offers for gangster roles during this time.
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Who Is Idris Elba?
Born in London on September 6, , and raised in the Hackney borough, Elba pursued acting as a high school student at the behest of a drama teacher. The actor grew deeply frustrated, however, over the seemingly irrepressible tendency of British casting directors to peg him in supporting roles. Within a few years, Elba landed a starring role on what would come to be known as one of the best TV series of all time, The Wire. Elba's performance as pusher "Stringer" Bell attained widespread popularity with viewers and helped put Elba on the map. View All Photos 3. Shere Khan says: Man is forbidden!
Elba was born to immigrant working-class parents his father was from Sierra Leone , and his mother was born in Ghana. Beginning in his late teens, he worked as a disc jockey under the name DJ Big Driis later Big Driis the Londoner while auditioning for acting roles. From the mids he appeared often on British TV, his roles including recurring characters on Insiders , Family Affairs , and Dangerfield He branched out into comedy on the American version of the sitcom The Office and into romance on the comedy-drama The Big C. Elba later earned critical acclaim as the complex antihero Detective Chief Inspector John Luther in the crime series Luther —. During this time, the imposing 6-foot 3-inch 1. He subsequently appeared in such movies as 28 Weeks Later , American Gangster , and Obsessed