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Best known as the calculating de facto leader of a Baltimore drug empire in HBO's critically acclaimed original series "The Wire,” British import IDRIS ELBA is quickly making his mark as an actor to watch in Hollywood. After starring in Columbia Tristar Pictures' The Gospel for director Rob Hardy, Elba was seen as the lead in Tyler Perry's dramatic feature Daddy's Little Girls. Following that he co-starred opposite Hillary Swank in the Warner Bros. thriller The Reaping. 

At 19, Elba landed the lead part in "Coming Home,” an original play written by Oscar Watson performed on at London's Red Lion Pub Theater, garnering rave reviews for his performance. By the age of 24, he was a mainstay on British television, starring in some of the BBC's best-rated shows, including "Dangerfield,” "Bramwell” and "Ultraviolet.” His work in European film found him playing opposite the legendary Catherine Deneuve in Belle Maman. 

In 2000, "Ultraviolet” was purchased by Fox Television to be adapted for the United States, offering Elba the break into the American marketplace he was looking for. In New York, he starred in Sir Peter Hall's off-Broadway production of Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida,” receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of Achilles. Shortly thereafter he landed a part on Dick Wolf's acclaimed television series "Law and Order.” 

Elba made his leading role debut in the HBO Original Film "Sometimes In April,” by acclaimed director Rauol Peck. In the film set during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, Elba portrays a Hutu soldier trying to save his Tutsi wife and family.


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