Idris Elba, 45, usually plays the mysterious dude in every movie and kills it (or kills someone) every time. With the recent release of Molly’s Game and The Dark Tower being named one of the top trending horror movies of 2017, Elba is not slowing down since his start in The Wire
A London native, Elba had a slow start to his career due to financial and family limitations, making him a classic Hollywood-success-story. He picked up and left his father’s car factory one night, booking a one way ticket to the Big Apple where he worked as a doorman at the comedy club, Carolines (everyone gets there start there, somehow) and DJing, not exactly living the American Dream. Shortly after moving to NYC, he noticed an ad for an open audition seeking a 6’4 black male that could play basketball. Perfect, aside from the basketball part but do the minor details really matter? Evidently not, considering he is now THE 6’4 Black Male.
Early career credits include Daddy’s Little Girls, Thor, Prometheus and Takers, but those were just the beginning. Countering Beyonce in the 2009 film Obsessed garnered recognition for the smoldering actor and his career. Elba would go on to win a Golden Globe Award for his role on the television series Luther and landed renowned roles like playing Nelson Mandela in the biopic Long Walk to Freedom. He also starred in the holiday classic This Christmas alongside Chris Brown, Mekhi Phipher and Regina King. With more than 20 film and TV roles under his belt and a list of star-studded cast-mates, Elba is a staple for thrillers and action films, amongst other things.
Aside from being an award-winning actor, Elba raps and DJs in leather pants like its nobody’s business. Fans love when King Driis steps on the scene with his suave dance moves, smooth verses, and spectacular sets. A man of many talents, Elba never ceases to amaze us. He’s also a father to Isan and Winston Elba. Is there anything he can’t do? Well, he probably can’t deal with the fact that his daughter is really hot, too, but that’s a whole different story.
The last five years have only made us love him more. Starring in No Good Deed, alongside Taraji P. Henson, Bastille Day, Star Trek Beyond, and Beasts of No Nation, make anything he’s in a must-see. The Mountain Between Us, which came out in June of 2017, presents an unfortunate series of events alongside Kate Winslet. Following that release comes Molly’s Game, which came out as 2017 unwinds, but Elba is just gaining momentum for the next one. We can’t wait to see which hat he wears in his next film, but in the meantime, we’ll drool over his Instagram and envy his rumored girlfriend, Sabrina Dohwre.