Idris Elba is a British actor and producer born in 1972 in Hackney, London, England. Elba rose to prominence for his role as Stringer Bell in the HBO show The Wire. He is also well known for his appearances in the films Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Takers, American Gangster, Pacific Rim, Prometheus, and Thor: The Dark World. Elba has attained awards such as two BET Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and a NAACP Image Award. He has two children and was previously married twice.