Idris Elba grew up in Hackney, east London. His mother is Ghanaian and his father is Sierra Leonean. One of his first acting roles was in a British soap opera, Family Affairs. He has worked in a variety of TV roles including the Channel 4…more
Idris's manager issued a public request asking people to stop yelling "Stringer Bell" at Idris.
Idris's real first name is Idrissa which is a Sierra Leonian name.
Idris was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, in May 2007.
In 2005, Idris had his first major starring American film role in The Gospel.
While living in England, Idris starred in many plays including, Troilus and Cressida.
Idris's mother is from Ghana and his father is from Sierra Leone.
Idris says he would love to tell the story of African Moors.
Idris admits he does not watch any of his work because he is too self-critical.
Idris originally read for the role of Avon Barksdale on The Wire before being offered the role of Stringer Bell.
Idris says that Andre Braugher's character on the TV show Homicide is one of his favorite's he has seen on television.
In 2005, Idris starred in the HBO telefilm Sometimes in April.
Idris admits that he has a thrist for travelling.
Besides acting, Idris has interests in music.
Idris says that Robert De Niro's acting influenced him to take up acting.
Idris's favorite comedy film is The King of Comedy starring Robert DeNiro.
Idris starred in the un-aired US pilot version of the show "Ultraviolet".