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Golden Globe and SAG winning actor IDRIS ELBA (Roland)
showcases his creative versatility both on-screen in television and film as well
as behind the camera as a producer and director. He is the first actor to
receive dual SAG awards in one evening. He continues to captivate audiences and
secure his position as the one to watch in Hollywood, with a string of
well-received performances in high-profile films as well as and multiple
critically acclaimed television series.
Prior to his big screen debut, Elba's career skyrocketed on the small screen in
some of UK's top rated shows, including "Dangerfield," "Bramwell" and
"Ultraviolet." In 2000, "Ultraviolet" was purchased by Fox in the United States,
offering Elba a 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 his move to the states, Elba landed the role of Stringer Bell, the
lieutenant of a Baltimore drug empire on HBO's critically acclaimed series "The
Wire." Elba's portrayal of the complex but deadly Bell is arguably one of the
most compelling performances in TV history. In 2005, his performance earned him
an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
In 2005 Elba began his film career in such projects 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 went on to receive a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
Following, he starred in Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla with Tom Hardy, opposite
BeyoncĂ© Knowles in Obsessed (NAACP Image Award Nomination), The Losers (NAACP
Image Award nomination), Legacy (which he also executive produced), Ghost Rider
with Nicolas Cage, Ridley Scott's Prometheus with Michael Fassbender and
Charlize Theron, Thor with Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth, Guillermo del
Toro's Pacific Rim alongside Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day and Rinko Kikuchi, No
Good Deed alongside Taraji P. Henson (which he also Executive Produced), The
Gunman with Sean Penn and Javier Bardem, and 100 Streets.
In 2013, Elba starred as Nelson Mandela in The Weinstein Company biopic Mandela:
The Long Walk to Freedom. His performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination
and an NAACP Image Award nomination. In 2015, Elba was seen in Beasts of No
Nation, directed by Cary Fukunaga for Netflix, which earned him a SAG award,
London Evening Standard award and Film Independent Spirit award, and nominations
for a Golden Globe, BAFTA, and NAACP. In 2016, Elba was seen in Star Trek Beyond
and his voice was heard in Zootopia and The Jungle Book.
Elba will next be seen in The Mountains Between Us, Molly's Game and Thor:
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, Elba landed the title role of John Luther in the BBC crime drama
mini-series "Luther." Following the first season, Elba was nominated for an Emmy
for his performance in Luther as well as for his guest appearance on Showtime's
"The Big C." His performance in the first season of "Luther" earned him an 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 installment of the BBC
mini-series aired in September 2013. His performance earned him an Emmy and
Golden Globe nomination as well as an NAACP Image Award. In 2015, Elba reprised
his role as Luther for the two-part final installment of the series, for which
he earned a Critics' Choice Award and nominations for a Golden Globe, SAG, NAACP
and BAFTA TV award. In April 2016, Elba will be seen in the TV mini-series
"Guerrilla" for Showtime.
In 2013 Elba made his directorial debut with the teleplay "The Pavement
Psychologist" for Sky/Sprout Pictures as part of Sky's "Playhouse Presents"
series, starring Anna Friel, which Elba also wrote. He also created, directed
and starred in the music video "Lover of Light" by Mumford and Sons, which has
received more than 9 million You Tube views to date. In 2014, Elba starred in
and produced a two-part documentary titled "King of Speed" for BBC Two and BBC
America with his production company Green Door Pictures. In 2015 Elba and Green
Door Pictures released the documentary "Mandela, My Dad and Me," which follows
Elba during the making of his album "mi Mandela."
In winter 2015, Elba launched his clothing line Idris Elba + Superdry, which
combines vintage Americana styling with Japanese inspired graphics, available in
both the UK and US.
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