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->''"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 [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever OBE]] (born 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''.

Elba is becoming Creator/{{Disney}}'s go-to guy when they need an intimidating voice. In 2016 alone, they released three animated movies featuring Elba--besides voicing the villain Shere Khan in ''Film/TheJungleBook2016'', he also voiced Police Chief Bogo in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' and a bullying sea lion in Creator/{{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory''. Plus, the MCU is managed by Disney.

[[HeAlsoDid He's also a musician]], known as DJ Big Driis/Big Driis the Londoner, as well as kickboxer, starting out quite late in life (at age 44) but still good enough that he won his first (and as of yet only) fight, via [=KO=].

!!Filmography

Film

* ''Bellemaman'' (1999)
* ''Sorted Jam'' (2000)
* ''Film/BuffaloSoldiers'' (2001)
* ''One Love'' (2003)
* ''The Gospel'' (2005)
* ''Film/DaddysLittleGirls'' (2007)
* ''Film/TheReaping'' (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)
* ''Film/{{Legacy|2010}}'' (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)
* ''Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'' (2013)
* ''Film/NoGoodDeed2014''
* ''Film/BeastsOfNoNation'' (2015)
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' (2016)
* ''Film/TheJungleBook2016''
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'' (2016)
* ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' (2016)
* ''Film/{{The Dark Tower|2017}}'' (2017)

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)
* ''{{Series/Guerrilla}}'' (2017)

Video Games
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare 3'' (2011)

!!Provides examples of

* BadassBaritone: Elba has a fairly deep voice.
* 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. [[spoiler:''Zootopia'' notably averts it.]]
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: [[Franchise/GreenLantern John Stewart]] is a ''dead ringer'' for him in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''.

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