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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.

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1 Aug, 2017

Elba: ‘McGregor has a really good chance of winning’

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Elba, who himself has had a professional kickboxing fight, which he won, says he thinks McGregor could beat Mayweather.

In my opinion, I think McGregor has a really good chance of winning that fight. I have a kickboxing background. The agility of kickboxers and MMA is very different from a boxer. I think what’s going to happen is that Floyd — and I love Floyd, he’s a friend — he’s going to fight his fight, but I think McGregor is going to topple that…He’s going to topple his composure, he’s going to throw some things around that Floyd’s not going to be used to. And the other thing about McGregor is that he can strike really, really, really quickly out of nowhere. If Floyd does what he does normally, which is hold a tight fight, I think McGregor’s going to topple that, strike him — if he gets one on his chin, it could be over. Not a lot of people agree with me, I just know kickboxers move differently. Conor’s not going in there to try and box Floyd, he’s going to fight Floyd. That’s a different thing all together.

29 Oct, 2016

Wins kickboxing debut

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Elba wins his kickboxing debut at in London at the York Hall. He took the fight as a part of Idris Elba: Fighter, a three-part documentary where Elba trains across the world while learning the history of Muay Thai and kickboxing. The show is set to air on the Discovery Channel early 2017. Madonna films the bout.


8 Feb, 2016

Says Elba should be next Dr Who

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At the British Film Awards, Williams says she’d like to play Dr Who if Elba does not take the role.

Yes it would be cool but right now I’m locked into some other things. I think a female doctor would be incredible. I think a black doctor would be incredible. I’m all for Idris Elba – but if not I’ll take it for the team and do it!

5 Aug, 2015

Maxim cover

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idris-elba-maxim-cover-imageElba is the first man to appear on the cover of Maxim. He wears a black leopard-print funnel coat. Editor-in-chief Lanphear:

We’ve never in U.S. Maxim history had a man on the cover solo. This is the very first time, and there was no one else in the world more bad-ass than Idris…I couldn’t be more happy with [the cover]. He’s so sophisticated and complex. There’s so much that he is amazing at.

1 Sep, 2014

Details cover

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idris-elba-shirtless-details-magazineElba appears on the cover of the September 2014 issue of Details magazine. He talks about disappointing roles, not being recognized, and non-stop working.

I flew in yesterday from Ghana to do a one-day shoot here. Twenty-four hours ago, I was in Africa doing something very different, and 24 hours from now, I’ll be back home in London with my family in a completely different environment. And next week, I’m gonna be in front of a bunch of people playing music in Ibiza.

10 Jul, 2014

Emmy nomination

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Elba is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards for portraying John Luther on Luther.

Wow I’m truly shocked and humbled by this recognition. Thank you so much to the TV Academy for this honor.

2014 Emmy Nominations Announced

10 Nov, 2013

Elba, Garth expecting baby


Elba and his girlfriend Garth are expecting their first child together. Source:

They had been keeping it quiet as it’s early in the pregnancy, but they’ve told family and friends and Naiyana is beginning to show.

19 Jul, 2012

Emmy nomination

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Elba is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards for portraying Det. John Luther on Luther.

Thank you everyone I’m completely ecstatic for this nomination. It’s a great accomplishment for my team, BBC and as well as myself. I’m currently filming in South Africa but can’t wait to see everyone in September. Also congrats to everyone in my category as well, and a special thank you to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2012 Nominees

14 Jul, 2011

Emmy nomination

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Elba is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards for portraying Det. John Luther on Luther.

This has been such an amazing morning for me! I am extremely honored to be nominated… Luther has been such a passion project for me… Also, my daughter told me I am going to be as famous as the guy from Twilight.

63rd Primetime Emmy Nominations - 2011 Emmy Awards Nominees Announced

31 Aug, 2010



Elba stars in the movie Takers as Gordon Cozier. He has his hands full with his sister who is strung out on drugs. He finds it impossible to keep her in rehab all while his friends plan the perfect heist. The cops are in pursuit of these guys but they aren’t  sure if they can trust each other.  Co-stars Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Jay Hernandez, Tip T.I. Harris, Michael Ealy, and Chris Brown.

Well, I think it’s the first time I played the head of a thief, as an English guy in a film like this. I’ve never done this sort of role before. I definitely like this film. I like the genre. I’m a fan of cool guys stealing cool S%&! I would like to play this character again.

"Takers" 2010 - Official Trailer [HD HQ]