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By on September 2, 2015

By Biodun Ayeni

  • Idris Elba was born Idrissa Akuna “Idris” Elba on 6th September 1972),in Hackney, London.His father(Winston) was a Sierra Leonean and his mother(Eve) was a Ghanaian.
  • Elba’s parents married in Sierra Leone,the father worked in a Ford motor factory,while the mother was a clerk.

    Idris Elba and Dad

    Idris Elba and Mom

  • He started his DJ career assisting his uncle with his wedding DJ business in 1986,before establishing his own DJ company.
  • He is a DJ under the nickname DJ Big Driis and a hip-hop soul musician.
  • Elba left school in 1988 and won a place in the National Youth Music Theatre.
  • In 1995, Elba landed his first role as an English actor on a series called Bramwell, a medical drama set in 1890s England.
  • In 2001, Elba played Achilles in a stage production of Troilus and Cressida in New York City.

Elba as Achilles

  • From 2002 to 2004, Elba portrayed Russell “Stringer” Bell in the HBO drama series,THE WIRE.
  • Elba appeared on the 2007 BET special Black Men: THE TRUTH.
  • He also played the role of Detective John Luther in the BBC One series Luther.Also acted Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela:Long Walk to Freedom

    Elba as Mandela

  • He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film.
  • In 2007, Elba signed on as the lead of the 2007 film Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls, playing Monty, a blue-collar mechanic who falls in love with an attorney.
  • Elba’s next film was Legacy (2010),[25] in which he portrayed a black soldier,returning from a failed mission.
  • He played Heimdall in Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 film THOR.
  • In 2015, Elba appeared as Heimdall in the superhero blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, directed by Joss Whedon.
  • Elba was selected as one of People‍‍ ’​‍s annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World in May 2007.
  • Idris Elba’s first marriage was to Dormowa Sherman(1997), an actress from Liberia.He then married his second wife, Kim Elba,a celebrity make-up artist in Atlanta.He has only one daughter, Isan Elba and a son,Winston Elba.

Dormowa Sherman

Idris and Kim Elba

Idris and Daughter Isan Elba

K.Michelle and Elba

Naiyana Garth and Elba

  • Idris Elba is currently on the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid actors for 2015.
  • Idris Elba worth is an estimated $96 million in combined earnings.He also has a net worth of $15 million.
  • He is a christian,a black briton with brown-dark eyes.He is a British TV, film, and theater actor.Idris Elba is currently dating Naiyana Garth.He previously dated a popular singer k.Michelle



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