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THOR: THE DARK WORLD

Golden Globe-winning actor IDRIS ELBA (Heimdall) began his film career in productions such as HBO's "Sometimes in April" (NAACP Image Award nomination), Tyler Perry's "Daddy's Little Girls" (BET Award nomination), "The Reaping" alongside Hilary Swank and the horror thriller "28 Weeks Later."

In 2007, Elba starred in Ridley Scott's Golden Globe nominated "American Gangster" with Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Ruby Dee and Josh Brolin. The cast received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. He then went on to star in Guy Ritchie's "Rocknrolla" with Tom Hardy, opposite Beyonce Knowles in "Obsessed" (NAACP Image Award Nomination), "The Losers" (NAACP Image Award Nomination), "Legacy" (which he also executive produced), "Thor," "Ghost Rider" with Nicolas Cage and Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" with Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron.

Prior to his big screen debut, Elba's career skyrocketed on the small screen in some of the U.K.'s top-rated shows, including "Dangerfield," "Bramwell" and "Ultraviolet." In 2000 "Ultraviolet" was purchased by Fox in the United States, offering Elba an opportunity to break into the American marketplace. He soon moved to New York and earned rave reviews for his portrayal of Achilles in Sir Peter Hall's off-Broadway production of "Troilus and Cressida." Shortly thereafter, he landed a part on the acclaimed television series "Law & Order."

Soon after, Elba landed the role of Stringer Bell, the lieutenant of a Baltimore drug empire on HBO's critically acclaimed series "The Wire." In 2005, this performance earned him an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Elba returned to television in 2009 when he joined the cast of NBC's hit television show "The Office" as Michael Scott's less than amused boss, Charles Minor. In 2010 he landed the title role of John Luther in the BBC crime drama miniseries "Luther." Following the first season, Elba was nominated for an Emmy for his performance in "Luther" as well as his guest appearance on Showtime's "The Big C." His performance in the first season of "Luther" earned him and NAACP Image Award, a BET Award and a Golden Globe. In 2012, Elba earned an Emmy nomination for the second season of "Luther." The third instalment of the BBC miniseries aired this fall.

Elba was most recently seen in Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" alongside Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day and Rink Kikuchi. This fall, he will star as Nelson Mandela in The Weinstein Company biopic "Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom." In 2014, Elba will be seen starring opposite Taraji P. Henson in the thriller "No Good Deed," which he also executive produced. Elba is currently in production for Pierre Morel's "The Gunman" alongside Sean Penn and Javier Bardem.

In 2013, Elba made his directorial debut with SKY TV's "Pavement Psychologist" and the music video for Mumford & Sons "Lover of the Light."

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