->''"To avoid crucifixion by ''Series/TheWire'' fans, we're obliged to point out that this guy played Stringer Bell."''
-->-- '''Kevin Murphy on Heimdall in the Podcast/RiffTrax commentary of ''Film/{{Thor}}'''''

Idrissa Akuna "Idris" Elba [[KnightFever OBE]] (September 6, 1972-) is an English television, theatre, and film actor. A Golden Globe award winner for his role as ''Series/{{Luther}}'', he is also famous for having starred as the sophisticated druglord Stringer Bell in ''Series/TheWire'' and in several big budget Hollywood films such as ''Film/{{Thor}}'', ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', and ''Film/PacificRim''. He also reprised his role in the ''Thor'' sequel ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''.

[[HeAlsoDid He's also a musician]], known as DJ Big Driis/Big Driis the Londoner.



* ''Bellemaman'' (1999)
* ''Sorted Jam'' (2000)
* ''Film/BuffaloSoldiers'' (2001)
* ''One Love'' (2003)
* ''The Gospel'' (2005)
* ''Film/DaddysLittleGirls'' (2007)
* ''The Reaping'' (2007)
* ''Film/TwentyEightWeeksLater'' (2007)
* ''Film/AmericanGangster'' (2007)
* ''This Christmas'' (2007)
* ''Film/PromNight2008''
* ''Film/RocknRolla'' (2008)
* ''The Human Contract'' (2008)
* ''Film/TheUnborn'' (2009)
* ''Film/{{Obsessed}}'' (2009)
* ''Film/{{Takers}}'' (2010)
* ''Legacy'' (2010)
* ''Film/TheLosers'' (2010)
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse as Heimdall:
** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' (2011)
** ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' (2013)
** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' (2015)
** ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' (2017)
* ''Film/GhostRiderSpiritOfVengeance'' (2012)
* ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'' (2012)
* ''Film/PacificRim'' (2013)
* ''Film/BeastsOfNoNation'' (2015)
* ''Film/TheJungleBook2016''
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' (2016)

Live Action TV

* ''Family Affairs'' (1997)
* ''Series/{{Ultraviolet}}'' (1998 miniseries)
* ''Dangerfield'' (1999)
* ''Series/LondonsBurning'' (2001)
* ''Series/TheWire'' (2002-2004)
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' (2009)
* ''Series/{{Luther}}'' (2009-2015)
* ''Series/TheBigC'' (2010)

Video Games
* ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare3 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3]]''

!!Provides examples of

* AbilityOverAppearance: In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', most people stopped noticing that Heimdall was being played by a black actor about six femtoseconds into Elba's performance. As Moviebob said, "To those people who asked, "Why cast a black man as a Viking", every scene Elba is in is resounding '''''"THAT IS WHY!"'''''".
** Another case of this when he was cast as Roland Deschain, who is described as looking like Creator/ClintEastwood, in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''. However, since Gilead is never described as having any problems with racism, this probably won't affect the story much.
* BadassBaritone
* BadassDriver: A one-off BBC special called "Idris Elba: King of Speed" showed he was a fast learner at motorcycle trails riding and rally driving.
* ChronicallyKilledActor: A number of his roles involve his character dying by the end.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: [[GreenLantern John Stewart]] is a ''dead ringer'' for him in ''InjusticeGodsAmongUs''.
* CreatorBacklash: He went straight from shooting ''Mandela'' to ''Dark World'', including a complicated wire stunt which took a while to do, and Idris wasn't able to get out of the harness between takes. [[http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Here-How-Much-Idris-Elba-Hated-Shooting-Thor-2-68054.html He straight up called the sequence "Torture."]]
* FakeAmerican: He can put on an almost flawless East Coast accent. Many fans of ''Series/TheWire'' express surprise when they learn he is from the UK. He also used a fake American Accent in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
** Elba is also very committed to keeping up appearances: He used his American accent for most press appearances related to Series/TheWire, as well as any situations where he interacted with fans.
* KnightFever: Received an OBE in 2015.
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: He has said he takes roles in films like ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''Film/PacificRim'' because his daughter is a big fan of those types of movies.
* StarMakingRole: It's a tie between Stringer Bell and DCI John Luther.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He was almost cast as Django in ''Film/DjangoUnchained''.