Idrissa Akuna “Idris” Elba is an English actor, musician and DJ born on September 6, 1972 in London, England to a Sierra Leonean father who worked in the Ford motor factory at Dagenham, and a Ghanaian mother, Eve, who had a clerical job. In 1986, he began helping an uncle with his wedding DJ business; within a year, he had started his own DJ company with some of his friends. Elba left school in 1988 and won a place in the National Youth Music Theatre, thanks to a £1,500 Prince’s Trust grant. His first roles were in Crimewatch murder reconstructions.
Concerning his music career, he has appeared in music videos for Fat Joe (2002), Angie Stone (2004) and rapper Giggs (2010). In 2006, he recorded the four-song EP Big Man for Hevlar Records. He co-produced and performed on the intro to Jay-Z’s album American Gangster (2007). He DJed at the 2007 NBA All Star parties at The Venetian and Ice House Lounge in Las Vegas.
Won BET Award for Best Actor in 2010 in the movie; The Losers
Won 2011 BET Award for Best Actor in the movie Takers and Luther
Also won 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Won 2015 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, Kermode Award for Best Actor,
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, all for the movie Beasts of no nation.