Idris Elba

Idris Elba

Date of Birth

Birthday: September 6
Birthplace: Hackney, London, England

Idris Elba is John Luther in the BBC TV television show Luther.

Elba portrayed South African president/segregation freedom fighter Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Idris Elba is John Luther in the BBC TV television show Luther.

Elba portrayed South African president/segregation freedom fighter Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

He starred as Janek in Prometheus with Charlize Theron and appeared alongside Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins in Thor the role of Heimdall.

He has also starred in other such features as Daddy’s Little Girls, Obsessed and 28 Weeks Later.

Television fans also recognize him from his work as "Charles Miner," alongside Steve Carell, on NBC comedy The Office and his performance as Russell "Stringer" Bell on The Wire.

He has been nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film, winning one, and was nominated six times for a Primetime Emmy Award, including a nomination in 2016.

 

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Awards & Nominations

5 Nominations
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie - 2016
  • Nominee
  • Idris Elba, as DCI John Luther
  • Luther
  • BBC America
  • A BBC America and BBC In-House Drama Production co-production
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie - 2014
  • Nominee
  • Idris Elba, as John Luther
  • Luther
  • BBC America
  • A BBC and BBC America Co-Production
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie - 2012
  • Nominee
  • Idris Elba, as John Luther
  • Luther
  • BBC America
  • A BBC and BBC America co-production distributed by BBC Worldwide
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series - 2011
  • Nominee
  • Idris Elba, as Lenny
  • The Big C
  • Showtime
  • Showtime Presents, Sony Pictures Television, Perkins Street Productions, Farm Kid, Original Film
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie - 2011
  • Nominee
  • Idris Elba, as John Luther
  • Luther
  • BBC America
  • A BBC and BBC America co-production distributed by BBC Worldwide
Idris Elba of Luther at the 66th Emmys Governors Ball.
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Idris Elba of Luther at the 66th Emmys Governors Ball.
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Idris Elba of Luther at the 66th Emmys Governors Ball.

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