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Idris Elba

Idris Elba is an English television, theatre, and film actor.An only child, he was born and raised in Hackney, London. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at a Ford car factory. His mother, Eve, is from Ghana and did clerical work.Idris went to school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. He gained a place in the National Youth Music Theatre - thanks to a £1,500 Prince's Trust grant.He began auditioning for television parts in his early twenties. He has starred in both British and American productions. One of his first acting roles was in the UK soap opera Family Affairs (1997). His breakthrough role came when he landed a starring role on the U.S. TV show The Wire (2002).

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Sep 6, 1972 In Hackney, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Law & Order 1990-09-13
Latest Project:
Series The Queen Latifah Show 2013

Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 38 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Luther
Poster of The Big C
Poster of The Office
Poster of The Wire
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
Oprah Prime Unknown 2012-01-01
The Big C Unknown 2010-08-16
Luther DCI John Luther 21 episodes, 2010-2019 2010-10-17
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Unknown 2009-03-29
Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices Unknown 2009-04-05
The Graham Norton Show Unknown 2007-02-22
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
The Office Unknown 2005-03-24
London's Burning Unknown 2003-11-27
The Wire Russell 'Stringer' Bell 37 episodes, 2002-2004 2002-06-02
CSI: Miami Unknown 2002-09-23
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Unknown 2001-03-11
Soul Food Unknown 2000-06-28
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Unknown 2000-12-30
Girlfriends Unknown 2000-09-11
Silent Witness Unknown 1996-02-21
Bramwell Unknown 1995-05-22
Absolutely Fabulous Unknown 1994-07-24
2point4 Children Unknown 1991-09-03
Law & Order Unknown 1990-09-13