IDRIS ELBA (Reverend Charles Frank) burst onto the acting scene in his native Britain at age 19 with a critically lauded performance in the play "Coming Home." From there, he appeared on numerous top-rated BBC television shows, including Sometimes in April, Dangerfield, Bramwell, and Ultraviolet, as well as the feature film Bell Maman opposite the legendary Catherine Deneuve. Elba also appeared in numerous other stage productions before coming to the U.S. to continue his acting career.
For his role in Sir Peter Hall's off-Broadway production of "Troilus and Cressida," Elba received rave reviews, and shortly thereafter he landed a role on Dick Wolf's hit television drama series Law and Order.
Elba has also gained recognition for his riveting performances on the critically-acclaimed HBO drama series The Wire, in which he portrays the calculating de facto leader of a Baltimore drug empire, and for his role in this
year's HBO telefilm Sometimes in April, which recounts the Rwandan genocide in
1994. In it, Elba stars as a Hutu soldier trying to save his Tutsi wife from the mass killings.
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