Idris Elba

Biography: Idris Elba grew up in Hackney, east London. His mother is Ghanaian and his father is Sierra Leonean. One of his first acting roles was in a British soap opera, Family Affairs. He has worked in a variety of TV roles including the BBC series Ultraviolet and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. Elba is comfortable working in TV and on the big screen. He is best known as "Stringer Bell", the drug dealer who aspired to become a high powered businessman, in HBO's The Wire. In 2005, Elba starred in Sometime in April, an HBO film about the Rwandan genocide. After three seasons, Elba was free to do more motion pictures. He starred in Daddy's Little Girls and This Christmas. He costarred in The Gospel, The Reaping and 28 Days Later.

Elba has one daughter. He loves music and began DJing as a teen. He continues to DJ and has released a Hip-Hop EP.

Idris Elba's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 52
Highest Metascore: 95 Zero Dark Thirty
Lowest Metascore: 17 Prom Night
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
19 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
36 The Reaping Apr 5, 2007 Ben 5.4
30 The Unborn Jan 9, 2009 Arthur Wyndham 5.3
25 Obsessed Apr 24, 2009 Derek 5.3
32 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Feb 17, 2012 Cast / Moreau 4.5
17 Prom Night Apr 11, 2008 Detective Winn 4.3