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Fast Facts

  • Mother is from Ghana and father is from Sierra Leone.
  • Has been a DJ since the age of 14.
  • Attended the National Youth Music Theatre in London, England.
  • Toured with a production of Guys and Dolls.
  • Moved from London to New York because he felt acting roles for black men in the UK were limited.
  • Is often approached by drug dealers who relate to his breakout performance as "Stringer" on HBO's The Wire.
  • DJs and raps under the name Big Driis.
  • In 2009, became an anti-crime ambassador for the Prince's Trust.
  • Appointed an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 New Year Honours list.

Awards

  • 2016, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Winner
  • 2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Winner
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Winner
  • 2016, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2016, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 2016, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature: Nominee
  • 2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2016, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Isan Elba — Daughter
  • Winston — Father
  • Winston Elba — Son
  • Naiyana Garth — Significant Other
  • Eve — Mother
  • Dormowa Sherman — Ex-wife

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Details

  • Birth Name: Idrissa Elba
  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Birthday: September 6, 1972, Virgo
  • Profession: Actor, DJ, Rapper