An only child, Idris Elba was born and raised in Hackney, London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at a Ford motor factory. His mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. He gained a place in the National Youth Music Theatre - thanks to a £1,500 Prince's Trust grant.
He worked as a disc jockey in nightclubs under the nickname DJ Big Driis at age 19. However, he began auditioning for television roles in his early twenties. He has starred in both British and American productions. His first acting roles were on the soap opera "Family Affairs" and the television serial "Ultraviolet". His best known roles are as drug baron Russell "Stringer" Bell on the HBO series "The Wire" and as DCI John Luther on the BBC One series "Luther". He later starred in the films "Daddy's Little Girls", "Prom Night", "RocknRolla", "The Unborn" and "Obsessed". He also appeared in the films "American Gangster", "Takers", "Thor", "Prometheus", "Pacific Rim" and "Thor: The Dark World".
Name: Idris Elba
Known for: Pacific Rim
BirthDay: 06, Sep ,1972