Idrissa Akuna Elba is an English actor, musician DJ, and producer. He was nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for best actor. He won one. He was also nominated five times for an Emmy Award.
He is best known for playing the drug trafficker, Stringer Bell on the HBO series known as The Wire. He acted in the BBC series Luther and Nelson Mandela and the film Mandela-Long Walk to Freedom.
In the year 2016, he was mentioned in the Time 100 list as being one of the most influential people in the world. Hence, if you want to know about the early life, career and net worth of Idris Elba in 2020, keep reading below.
Early Life & Biography
Elba was born on the 6th of September 1972. He was an only child. He was born in Hackney, London.
When he was at school in Canning Town, he first became involved in acting. It was then that he shortened his name to Idris. The Stage gave him his first break as an actor. He met his first agent while auditioning for this role. He began helping his uncle with his wedding DJ business and very soon started his own DJ business.
Elba’s first acting role was in Crimewatch. In 1994, he appeared in a BBC children’s drama called The Boot Street Band. To support himself between characters, he made cold call advertising sales and worked night shifts at Ford Dagenham. He auditioned for television roles in his early twenties.
Career, Awards & Nominations
His first role was in a series called Bramwell. He had supporting roles in series such as The Bill and The Ruth Rendell Mysteries. He joined the cast of the television serials Ultraviolet and Dangerfield. He then moved to New York. He returned to England to play roles in series sometimes.
Elba finally got to star in the HBO drama series The Wire. In 2005, he acted in Sometimes in April. He also worked in The Number One Ladies Detective Agency. He played the lead role in a BBC series called Luther in 2010. At the 69th Golden Globe Awards in 2012, he won the best actor award for Luther.
In the year 2007, he got the lead role in Daddy’s Little Girls. He also acted in 28 Weeks Later and This Christmas, Prom Night and The Unborn.
In 2012, he took the part of Nelson Mandela in the movie Mandela-Long Walk to Freedom. His performance in this movie got him a nomination for The Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in Motion Picture Drama.
In 2014, he acted in No Good Deed. In 2016, he had many voice roles, one of them being that of Sher Khan in The Jungle Book.
In 2017, he acted in The Dark Tower. This is a Stephen King book adaptation.
Among the various popular awards, Idris Elba was awarded the Golden Globe as well as the Primetime Emmy Awards and many more.
Net Worth & Earnings
Idris Elba has been a popular personality throughout his career. Starting his career as an actor, Elba has come a long way in his life. He has had a lot of ups and downs overcoming which he has tasted success in the best way possible. He has emerged as a successful singer as well as a rapper and has earned immense popularity as a DJ.besides, Elba has been a successful producer as well. Thus, by a flattering carer, the net worth of Idris Elba is approximated to be $24 million as of the present day.
Though best known for his specific role in “Stringer”, Elba has earned huge fame through his versatility. Elba was DJ for BET’s Rising Icons. He appeared in music videos, and he co-directed and performed in some of them. He produced The Rebellious Soul Musical in 2014.