Idris Elba is a British film and television star and rapper also style icon, Idris was born in Hackney, London, his farther came from Sierra Leone, he was christened Idrissa Akuna Elba, but he shortened his name to Idris when he was at school, while he was in his early teens he helped his uncle with hid DJ business, by 1986 he started his on DJ company, when he left school he had many different jobs, but still worked as a DJ at the weekend under the DJ nickname Big Dris , by his early 20s he started to audition for television parts after completing a stint in the National Youth Music Theatre, one of his first parts he got was in Bramwell, a medical drama soon other roles followed in family affairs, Dangerfield, looking to further his career he moved to New York, while he was in the big apple he found roles on Broadway, this brought him to a different audience and he soon was getting noticed by big television executives.
Idris as Russell “Stringer” Bell which made him an international star
His break role came with him playing the role of Russell “Stringer” Bell in the HBO series the wire in 2002, the character was a drug king pin in Baltimore, before he got the role he had to speak with an American accent this took him three years, he originally auditioned for the role of Avon Barksdale Stringers boss, the role only had a couple of lines in the first season, but thanks to Idris amazing acting he gave depth & layers to the character, soon Stringer became one of the main characters in the wire, the television series became a hit & made Idris an international star, Idris does not like drug dealers him self & didn’t wanted to be just offered other roles similar to Stringer, so he made a career move to playing good guys with an edge, his break out role in the UK was playing Luther, Idris portrays Detective Chief Inspector John Luther a raging brooding copper in London, it ran for three serious and it gained many awards.
Idris as Nelson Mandela
Idris has now become a big Hollywood actor with roles in Legacy, Thor, Takers, Ghost rider 2 but he soon gained leading roles in films like Pacific Rim, but in 2012 the got the role of playing Nelson Mandela in Long Walk To Freedom, Idris wanted to capture what Mandela went through as a prisoner, he decide to spend a night alone in the cell where he was kept as a prisoner on Robben island, he ever met Mandela but he did spend time with people who knew the great man, Mandela died before the film was launched, but the producer of the film Anant Singh, visited him before he passed away and showed him scenes on a iPad, he asked was that him in the scenes, it was explained about the prosthetics, Idris was nominated for best actor at the Golden Globes.
Idris as DJ Big Dris doing a turn on the turn tables
Idris is also a renowned DJ and music producer, he has performed at many major events under his DJ name Big Dris , in the early 90s he loved to visit fuller street mall in Brooklyn to pick up vinyl’s, he loved to get his hands on fresh records you couldn’t get in London, Sean Combs inspired Idris in his younger days, also in the early days while trying to find acting work he would perform at club called the Ludlow, since then like his acting career his music has hit bigger highs, producing and performing with Mumford and Sons, he also has appeared in many music videos.
Idris Elba is renowned for his unique style
Idris is also renowned for his fashion & style, Idris is a London boy at heart he dresses well but not in a stuffy way, he carries him self with panache and charm, he`s appeared on the front of magazines like GQ, FHM, Essence, Esquire, his style is very relaxed wearing jeans or t-shirts even bespoke suits when required, he loves to wear Christian Louboutin Nono flat sneakers, his favourite suits are from Gucci, he is also a lover of classic Levi`s 501s in a classic fit, some times his style can be a little wacky like sporting a big red bubal hat, other wise he is one cool cookie.
Idris continues to break new boundary’s in television and film also music, there has been rumours of him becoming the next James Bond, if that does happen Bond will be one cool bad ass cool agent.
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