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Idris Elba Biography

Birth Name:
Idrissa Elba
Birth Place:
London, England
Profession
Actor, DJ, rapper

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

  • 2020National Television Awards-Drama Performance: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: nominated
  • 2016BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2016Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: winner
  • 2016Independent Spirit Awards-Best Feature: nominated
  • 2016BAFTA Television Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: winner
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 2011Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated

Relationships

  • Isan Elba -- Daughter
  • Naiyana Garth -- Ex-significant Other
  • Dormowa Sherman -- Ex-wife
  • Winston -- Father
  • Sabrina Dhowre -- Fiancée
  • Eve -- Mother
  • Winston Elba -- Son