Idris Elba Biography
Idris Elba, born September 6, 1972 in London, is a British actor and producer.
He is best known for playing the drug baron and businessman Stringer Bell in the American HBO series The Wire and Inspector John Luther in Luther, a British police series broadcast on the BBC. He won numerous awards for his performance in Luther, including the Golden Globes for Best Actor in a series and the Sag Awards for Best Actor in a series.
He made himself known to the general public by taking second roles in several blockbusters: Prometheus (2012), Pacific Rim (2013), Gunman (2015), Star Trek: Sans limites (2016), La Tour sombre (2017) and Hobbs and Shaw (2019). He also lends his features to Heimdall’s character in the Marvel film world, and especially in the Thor trilogy (2011-2017).
At the same time, he is involved in more dramatic projects: in 2013, he plays Nelson Mandela in the Mandela biopic: A long road to freedom, by Justin Chadwick. His performance earned him more than positive reviews. Then, in 2015, he appeared in the film Beasts Of No Nation. He was then nominated in all the major academies that reward cinematographic works, except one, at the Oscars, which would create a controversy about the lack of diversity at the Oscars.
He is also DJ, under the pseudonym of «DJ Big Driis the Londoner» producing mainly hip-hop and soul but is also DJ/Producer of House, Tech-House and also owns his own label called “7WALLACE”
In 2006, he recorded a 4-track EP on Hevlar Records.
In 2007, he participated in the American Gangster album of rapper Jay-Z: he co-produced and performed the introduction of the album. He also starred in the film that inspired the rapper: Ridley Scott’s American Gangster.
In 2011, he participated in the introduction of Pharoahe Monch’s album The Warning, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades).
In 2012, he participated as an actor in Mumford & Sons’ Lover Of The Light (en).
In 2013, he is invited on the piece Gotham City, Clear Soul Forces.
In 2015, he is invited by the English rapper Skepta on the remix of the song shutdown.
In 2016, he was invited to the rap song Dance off by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for their album This Unruly mess I’ve made.
Since 2010 and still active today, he has been performing at various clubs and festivals around the world under his own name as a House music DJ and also owner of his 7Wallace label.
He performed in Ibiza for the Paris By Night evenings of French DJ Bob Sinclar at the Pacha or Glastonbury festival, but also during the Miami Winter Music Conference. Being “raver” in the 80’s/90’s, he says he never gave up on his passion for music.
1999: Belle Maman of Gabriel Aghion: Grégoire
2000: Sorted of Alexander Jovy
2001: Soldiers without battle (Buffalo Soldiers) of Gregor Jordan: Kimborough
2003: One Love of Rick Elgood and Don Letts: Aaron
2005: Tea Rob Hardy’s gospel: reverend Charles Frank
2007: Punishments (Tea Reaping) of Stephen Hopkins: Ben
2007: 28 Weeks later (28 Weeks Later) of Juan Carlos Fresnadillo: general Stone
2007: American Gangster of Ridley Scott: tango
2007: This Christmas de Preston A. Whitmore II: Quentin Whitfield Jr.
2008: The Ball of Nelson McCormick’s horror (Prom Night): the detective Winn
2008: RocknRolla of Guy Ritchie: Mumbles
2008: Tea Human Contract de Jada Pinkett Smith: Larry
2009: Unborn (Tea Unborn) of David S. Goyer: Arthur Wyndham
2009: Obsessed by Steve Shill: Derek Charles
2010: takers by John Luessenhop: Gordon Jennings
2010: The losers by Sylvain White: Roque
2011: Thor by Kenneth Branagh: Heimdall
2012: Ghost Rider 2: L’Esprit de vengeance (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance) by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor: Moreau
2012: Ridley Scott Prometheus: Captain Janek
2013: Pacific Rim by Guillermo del Toro: Stacker Pentecost
2013: Thor: The Dark World (Thor: The Dark World) by Alan Taylor: Heimdall
2013: Mandela: A long way to freedom (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) by Justin Chadwick: Nelson Mandela
2014: Double betrayal of Sam Miller: Colin Evans
2014: Nature of Patrick Morris and Neil Nightingale
2015: Avengers: The Ultron Era of Joss Whedon: Heimdall
2015: Gunman (The Gunman) by Pierre Morel: Dupond
2015: Cary Joji Fukunaga Beasts of No Nation: Commander
2016: Zootopia (Zootopia) by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush: Chief Bogo (voice)
2016: Dory’s World by Andrew Stanton: Fluke (voice)
2016: The Jungle Book by Jon Favreau: Shere Khan (voice)
2016: Bastille Day by James Watkins: Sean Briar
2016: Star Trek: Sans limites (Star Trek Beyond) by Justin Lin: Krall
2016: 100 Streets by Jim O’Hanlon: Max
2017: The Dark Tower by Nikolaj Arcel: Roland by Gilead
2017: Thor: Taika Waititi Ragnarok: Heimdall
2017: The Great Game (Molly’s Game) by Aaron Sorkin: Charlie Jaffey
2017: Hany Abu-Assad’s The Mountain Between Us: Ben Bass
2018: Avengers: Infinity War by Anthony and Joe Russo: Heimdall
2019: Avengers: Endgame by Anthony and Joe Russo: Heimdall
2019: Hobbs and Shaw by David Leitch: Brixton
2021: Suicide Squad 2 by James Gunn