Golden Globe 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 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.
Idris was most recently seen in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, alongside Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day and Rinko Kikuchi. This fall, Idris will star as Nelson Mandela in The Weinstein Company biopic Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom. He will also reprise his role as Heimdall in Thor: The Dark World. In Winter 2014, he will both star in and executive produce No Good Deed, a thriller also starring Taraji Henson. Elba most recently completed production for Pierre Morel’s The Gunman, alongside Sean Penn and Javier Bardem. Next up, Elba will begin production on Beasts of No Nation with director Cary Fukunaga.
Elba began his film career in roles 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, Idris 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 Beyone Knowles in Obsessed (NAACP Image Award Nomination), The Losers (NAACP Image Award nomination), Legacy (which he also executive produced), Thor, Ghost Rider with Nicolas Cage, and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus with Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron.
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 lieutentant 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.
Idris 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, Idris 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 will air September 2013. Additionally, Elba has recently finished filming a two-part documentary titled King of Speed for BBC Two.
In 2013, Elba made his directorial debut with SKYTV’s Pavement Psychologist and the music video for Mumford & Sons “Lover of the Light.”