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  • Place of birth : London
  • Date of birth : 06/09/1972

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  • DJ Big Driis
  • Big Driis the Londoner
  • Idris "Driis" Elba
  • DJ Big Driis the Londoner
  • Elba Idris

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Idris Elba (1972)

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Idrissa Akuna "Idris" Elba is an English television, theatre, and film actor. He has starred in both British and American productions. Elba 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.

In 2009, Elba appeared on a six-episode arc of the American sitcom The Office, playing Charles Miner, Michael Scott's new boss. In 2010, he appeared in the action film The Losers in the role of Roque, the second-in-command of a black-ops team. The same year, he appeared in the thriller Takers. Elba plays the title role of Detective John Luther in the BBC television show Luther that aired from 4 May 2010 on BBC One, which has finished its second series.

  Biography  

 early life
Elba, an only child, was born Idrissa Akuna Elba, and shortened his first name at school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. His father is Sierra Leonean and his mother is Ghanaian. Elba grew up in East Ham, and began helping an uncle with his wedding-DJ business in 1986, and within a year he had started his own DJ company with some of his best 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 then ended up having to do everything from tire-fitting to cold-call advertising sales to pay the rent between roles in Crimewatch murder reconstructions. Elba was working in nightclubs under the DJ nickname Big Driis in 1991, but began auditioning for television parts in his early twenties. After a stint in the National Youth Music Theatre, Elba worked the night shift at a Ford factory in Dagenham, London in 1989 and '90. He started his acting career while in high school with encouragement from his drama teacher.

 acting career
  Television
Although his film, television, and stage work officially commenced around 1992, in 1995 he landed his first role on a series called Bramwell, a medical drama set in 1890s England. Elba's first credited role arrived in 1995, with a supporting role as a gigolo on the episode of the farcical series Absolutely Fabulous, entitled "Sex." Many supporting roles on British television followed, including such series as The Bill, Degrees of Error, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, and The Governor. He then joined the cast of the soap opera Family Affairs and rose to prominence in the acclaimed serial Ultraviolet. Elba went on to appear in a more established television series, Dangerfield, in 1999 as a forensic scientist.

Soon, however, he decided to move to New York City. He returned to England occasionally for a job, such as a part in one of the Inspector Lynley Mysteries, a top-rated crime series. In 2001, Elba acted as Achilles in the stage play Troilus and Cressida in NYC. After a supporting turn on a 2001 episode of Law & Order, Elba landed a starring role on a 2002 HBO drama, The Wire. From 2002 to 2004, Elba portrayed Russell "Stringer" Bell in the HBO drama series, perhaps his best known role in the US. In 2005, he portrayed Captain Augustin Muganza in Sometimes in April, an HBO film about the Rwandan Genocide. Elba appeared on the 2007 BET special Black Men: The Truth. Elba appeared in the role of Charlie Gotso in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency opposite Jill Scott and Anika Noni Rose, that was filmed in Botswana. The series premiered on 23 March 2008, Easter Sunday, on BBC One, receiving a high 6.3 million viewers and 27% of the audience share.

In January 2009, it was reported per Variety that Elba would portray Charles Miner, a new rival to Dunder Mifflin regional manager Michael Scott for NBC's The Office. Elba appeared in a six episode story arc later in the 2009 season as well as the season finale. In September 2009, Elba signed a deal to star as the lead role in the 6-part BBC television show Luther that aired in May 2010.<ref name="Luther" /> In October 2009, it was announced that Elba will executive produce an untitled legal drama for NBC. Elba will portray Laura Linney's lover in Showtime's The Big C for an unknown number of episodes in 2010.

In August 2011, Elba appeared in a one off Channel 4 documentary called "How Hip-Hop Changed the World", in which he reveals the defining moments in street music and culture over the last 35 years, featuring rare archive material, seminal music videos and insight from hip hop stars. The show was first aired on 12 August 2011.

  Film
In 2006, Elba signed on as the lead of the 2007 dramedy Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls, playing Monty, a blue-collar mechanic who falls in love with a six-figure attorney helping him gain custody of his kids, and finds the relationship and his custody hopes threatened by the re-arrival of his ex-wife. He joined the supporting cast of Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's 28 Weeks Later , the horror-themed sequel to Danny Boyle's 2002 zombie picture 28 Days Later. He filmed This Christmas with Chris Brown, Mekhi Phifer, Loretta Devine and Regina King, that brought in nearly $50 million at the box office in 2007.

In 2008, Elba starred in the horror film Prom Night and Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla. In January 2009, Elba starred in horror film The Unborn. He starred in Obsessed, alongside Beyonce Knowles and Ali Larter, as an asset manager who has a beautiful wife and thriving career until a temp office worker begins stalking him. Obsessed was a box office success after it took in $29 million in its opening weekend. Obsessed was released on DVD on 4 August 2009.

Elba next film was 2010's Legacy in which he portrayed a black ops soldier, Malcolm, who returned to Brooklyn after a failed mission in Eastern Europe, where he undertook a journey looking for retribution. He posted a picture of himself from the set on his Twitter page. Elba then starred in Dark Castle's adaptation of DC/Vertigo’s The Losers, under the direction of Sylvain White, in the role of Roque, the second-in-command of a black-ops team out for revenge against a government that did them wrong. Filming took place in Puerto Rico and the movie was released in April 2010. Elba appeared in the 2010 thriller Takers, also starring Hayden Christensen, Chris Brown, T.I., and Paul Walker. He played Heimdall in Kenneth Branagh's 2011 Thor film . In August 2010, it was announced that Elba would portray the title character in a reboot of James Patterson's Alex Cross film franchise. However, the actor was replaced in February 2011 by Tyler Perry. Elba will appear in the 2012 sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance alongside Nicolas Cage as an alcoholic warrior monk tasked with finding Ghost Rider. On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011, it was announced that Idris Elba had joined Guillermo del Toro's next film, Pacific Rim. He will portray Sensi, one of the film's leads.

 music career
In 2001, Elba appeared in music videos for Fat Joe, Angie Stone and English rapper Giggs. In 2006, Elba 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. Elba appeared in the "Respect My Conglomerate" music video for Busta Rhymes's 2009 Back on My BS album. 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." Elba is currently working on his second EP, and plans to tour Europe in late 2009. In the August 2009 issue of Essence magazine, Elba 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. in 2010 he starred in the movie Takers alongside Chris Brown and T.I. as the leader of a gang of professional robbers. In 2011, Elba performed on the intro to Pharoahe Monch's album W.A.R. .

 personal life
Elba is currently single. He and his ex-wife Kim Elba have a daughter named Isan, born in 2002. Elba spends much of his time in London, but also owns a home in Atlanta, so he can be close to his daughter.
Elba is represented by ICM. In April 2009, it was announced that he has become an Anti-Crime Ambassador, and 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 is a fan of London football team Arsenal F.C., while his father is a Manchester United fan.

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