Idrissa Akuna "Idris" Elba (born 6 September 1972)  
     
 

Idrissa Akuna "Idris" Elba (born 6 September 1972) is an English television, theatre, and film actor who has starred in both British and American productions. He grew up in Canning Town, East London. One of his first acting roles was in the soap opera Family Affairs. He has worked in a variety of TV roles including Ultraviolet and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. He is known for playing Russell "Stringer" Bell, a Baltimore drug lord and aspiring businessman, in HBO's critically acclaimed show The Wire. Elba is a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis/Big Driis the Londoner, and a hip-hop soul recording artist.

Some of his other most known roles have come in American Gangster, Takers, The Losers, Thor and Prometheus. On television, Elba has had recurring roles in The Office and The Big C, and plays the title role of Detective John Luther in Luther, which aired on BBC One. Elba has won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of DCI Luther.

 
     
   
     
 

Music career : In 2001, Elba appeared in music videos for Fat Joe, Angie Stone and English rapper Giggs. In 2006, he recorded the four-song EP Big Man for Hevlar Records. He co-produced and performed on the intro to Jay-Z's 2007 album American Gangster. He DJ'd at the 2007 NBA All Star parties at the The Venetian and Ice House Lounge in Las Vegas. Elba appeared in the "Respect My Conglomerate" music video for Busta Rhymes's 2009 Back on My BS album. In July 2009, Elba was the DJ for BET's new series Rising Icons. Elba announced the release of his first single "Please Be True." Elba is currently working on his second EP, and plans to tour Europe in late 2009. In the August 2009 issue of Essence magazine, he announced the name of his six-song EP as Kings Among Kings. He released his EP High Class Problems Vol. 1 in the United Kingdom in February 2010. In 2011, he performed on the intro to Pharoahe Monch's album W.A.R. (We Are Renegades).

 
     
   
     
  Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idris_Elba  
   
 
 
   
 
 
 
     
     
     
       
  1. Official website  
       
  2. Idris Elba at the Internet Movie Database  
       
  3. Sometimes in April Interview