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IDRIS ELBA (Mumbles) 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 show. Also for HBO, Elba starred in the movie "Sometimes in April,” directed by Raoul Peck. Elba earned another Image Award nomination for his performance as a Hutu soldier who tries to save his Tutsi wife and family during the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

Elba's recent feature film credits include Ridley Scott's "American Gangster,” with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe; the hit horror thriller "28 Weeks Later...”; Stephen Hopkins' "The Reaping,” with Hilary Swank; and the independent feature "Daddy's Little Girls,” opposite Gabrielle Union under the direction of Tyler Perry; the holiday comedy "This Christmas”; and "Prom Night,” a re-make of the 1980 horror classic. His other film credits include "The Gospel,” for director Rob Hardy; "Buffalo Soldiers,” with Joaquin Phoenix and Ed Harris; and "Beautiful Mother,” with Catherine Deneuve. He has recently completed production on Jada Pinkett Smith's directorial debut "The Human Contract” and the thriller "Obsessed,” opposite Beyonce Knowles.

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 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 several plays produced in London's theatre scene. In New York he starred in Sir Peter Hall's off- Broadway production of "Troilus and Cressida,” receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of Achilles.

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