IDRIS ELBA (Colin, Executive Producer) Golden Globe winning actor Idris Elba
showcases his creative versatility both on-screen in television and film as well
as behind the camera as a producer and director. 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.
Idris was most recently seen starring 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. Elba most recently
completed production for Pierre Morel's The Gunman, alongside Sean Penn and
Javier Bardem. Next up, Elba will begin production on Beasts of No Nation with
director Cary Fukunaga.
Elba began his film career in roles 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
In 2007, Idris starred in Ridley Scott's Golden Globe nominated American
Gangster with Denzel Washington, Russel 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 Beyone 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, Ridley Scott's Prometheus with Michael Fassbender and Charlize
Theron, Thor with Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth, and Guillermo del Toro's
Pacific Rim alongside Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day and Rinko Kikuchi.
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 Idris 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, Idris landed the role of Stringer Bell, the
lieutentant 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
performances in TV history. In 2005, his performance earned him an NAACP Image
Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Idris 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, Idris 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 a second
Golden Globe nomination and an NAACP Image Award. Additionally, Elba has
recently finished filming a two-part documentary titled King of Speed for BBC
In 2013, Elba made his directorial debut with SKYTV's Pavement Psychologist and
the music video for Mumford & Sons "Lover of the Light."