Idrissa Akuna "Idris" Elba OBE (/ˈɪdrᵻs ˈɛlbə/, born 6 September 1972) is an English actor, musician and DJ.
He is known for playing the narco trafficker Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire, Detective John Luther on the BBC One series Luther, and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013). He has been nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film, winning one, and was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award.
Elba appeared in Ridley Scott's American Gangster (2007), Takers (2010), Thor (2011), Prometheus (2012), Pacific Rim (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Beasts of No Nation (2015, for which he received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor), and Star Trek Beyond (2016). He voiced Chief Bogo in Zootopia (2016), Shere Khan in The Jungle Book, and Fluke in Finding Dory. He will make his directorial debut with an adaptation of the 1992 novel Yardie by Victor Headley.
In addition to his acting work, Elba is a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis (or Big Driis the Londoner) and hip hop and soul musician. In 2016, he was named in the Time 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World. musician. In 2016, he was named in the Time 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World.