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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), 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.
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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