Idris Elba Bio: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Actor

release date:February 17, 2012
Tuesday June 12, 2012 (dvd)
genre:Action
running time:96 min.
director:Neveldine/Taylor
studio:Columbia Pictures
producer(s):Steven Paul, Michael De Luca, Avi Arad, Ashok Amritraj
screenplay:Scott M. Gimple, Seth Hoffman, David S. Goyer
cast:Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds, Violante Placido, Johnny Whitworth, Christopher Lambert, Idris Elba
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Idris Elba Biography

Idris Elba

Date of Birth: September 6, 1972

Idris Elba was born in London, England, the only child of a Ghanian mother and a Sierra Leonean father. He was interested in the entertainment industry at an early age, helping his uncle with his wedding deejay business at age 14. Within a year he had started his own deejay company with friends and was working in nightclubs by age 19. To this day, he is still in the business, deejaying under the name "Big Driis the Londoner."

Elba began acting in high school with the support of his drama teacher, whom he had a crush on, and began auditioning for professional roles years later. His first job was in the television show 2point4 Children in 1994, which was followed by countless television credits including Absolutely Fabulous, Law & Order, Soul Food, and CSI: Miami. He also appeared in films such as Spiders and Flies (1996), Sorted (2000) and One Love (2003), before landing his breakthrough role in 2004 as Russell "Stringer" Bell in the HBO crime drama The Wire. In April of 2004, he was featured on the cover of Essence Magazine's "Hot Hollywood Men" issue, and appeared again in its November 2005 "10 Hottest Men on the Planet" issue. He went on to complete roles in popular films such as 28 Weeks Later (2007), American Gangster (2007), RocknRolla (2008), Thor (2011), Prometheus (2012) and most recently, Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi blockbuster, Pacific Rim (2013). He also appeared on NBC's The Office.

Elba is also a music producer, having recorded the four-song EP "Big Man" in 2006 for Hevlar Records, and co-producing and performing on the introduction to Jay-Z's 2007 album "American Gangster." He was married to Dormowa Sherman, a Liberian actress, writer, and dancer, from 1997 to 2001, and the pair have a child named Isan. Elba lives in a house in Atlanta near his ex-wife and daughter.

Filmography

Pacific Rim(2013)
Prometheus(2012)
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance(2012)
Thor(2011)
The Losers(2011)
The Middle of Nowhere (2009)
The Finest (2009)
Takers(2010)
Obsessed(2009)
The Unborn(2009)
The Human Contract (2008)
RocknRolla(2008)
Prom Night(2008)
This Christmas(2007)
American Gangster(2007)
28 Weeks Later(2007)
The Reaping(2007)
Daddy's Little Girls (2007)
All in the Game (2006)
The Gospel(2005)
One Love (2003)
Buffalo Soldiers(2001)
Sorted (2000)
Belle maman (1999)
Behind the Mask (1997)
Spiders and Flies (1996)

Filmography

ActorThe Gunman (2015)
ActorNo Good Deed (2014)
ActorPacific Rim (2013)
ActorPacific Rim 3D (2013)
ActorPrometheus (2012)
ActorPrometheus 3D (2012)
ActorThor (2011)
ActorThor 3D (2011)
ActorThe Losers (2010)
ActorTakers (2010)
ActorObsessed (2009)
ActorThe Unborn (2009)
ActorProm Night (2008)
ActorRocknRolla (2008)
Actor28 Weeks Later (2007)
ActorThe Reaping (2007)
ActorThis Christmas (2007)
ActorThe Gospel (2005)