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IDRIS ELBA (Ben) is perhaps best known for his role as the calculating de facto leader of a Baltimore drug empire in HBO's critically acclaimed original series "The Wire.” In 2005, he received an Image Award nomination for his work on the series. Also for HBO, Elba starred in the movie "Sometimes In April,” from director Raoul Peck. Set during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, the movie marked his first film starring role. Elba played a Hutu soldier who tries to save his Tutsi wife and family, earning another Image Award nomination for his performance.

Elba most recently starred in the "Daddy's Little Girls,” with Gabrielle Union under the direction of Tyler Perry. He next stars in the horror thriller "28 Weeks Later,” the much-anticipated sequel to the zombie hit "28 Days Later,” which is due out in May 2007. Additionally, he recently completed production on Ridley Scott's "American Gangster,” with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, and is currently filming the holiday comedy "This Christmas.”

Elba's other film credits include "The Gospel,” for director Rob Hardy; "Buffalo Soldiers,” with Joaquin Phoenix and Ed Harris; and "Beautiful Mother,” with Catherine Deneuve.

On television, Elba has guest starred on such series as "Law & Order” and "CSI: Miami,” and starred in the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries "Ultraviolet.” In his native England, he starred in the recent Channel 4 telefilm "All in the Game,” and earlier guest starred on a number of series, including the BBC's "Silent Witness” and "Dangerfield.”

Elba has also worked on the stage, including leading roles in "Coming Home,” an original play written by Oscar Watson and performed at London's Red Lion Pub Theater, and Sir Peter Hall's off-Broadway production of "Troilus and Cressida,” receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of Achilles.


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