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Idris Elba

The world has witnessed the rise of several fantastic artists, but some are exceptional, and Idris Elba is one of them. Idris Elba whose birth name is Idrissa Akuna Elba, was born 6 September 1972 in London. He has a profound African origin, His father is from Sierra Leone, and his mother is from Ghana. This multitalented African is an actor, producer, musician, and DJ. Idris Elba attended school in Canning Town where he had his first contact with acting and was able to demonstrate his acting skills. He is perfect proof that success has nothing to do with skin color.

Success and greatness can be is easily imagined, but the road to it is not as straightforward as we see in our dreams. Idris dropped out of school and had to work different jobs to support himself because of his financial status. In his early acting days, he worked tyre-fitting, cold call advertising, and night shift jobs at Ford Dagenham. He later got a £1,500 Prince's Trust grant, which helped secured a place for him at the National Youth Music Theatre. Idris put several of his capabilities into action to support himself in the hustle to become a person of significance. Among the many things Idris did early in his life, he also worked as a DJ, where he got the nickname Big Driis.

Idris gives credit to the Prince’s Trust, a youth charity in the United Kingdom for giving him the needed push in his career, enabling him to advance and becoming better in his career. In 2009, the Princes Trust appointed Idris as its Anti-Crime Ambassador. His life began taking a better turn from that very day. Idris tries as much as possible to keep himself from public arrows by putting a limit to what he shares with the public world and the media. This prevents people, especially the media, from knowing much about his personal life. Apart from being an actor, Idris is also a father. He has a daughter named Isan Elba with his ex-wife Hanne "Kim" Norgaard in 2002. She resides with her mother in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2014, he became the father of a baby boy with his then girlfriend, Naiyana Garth. In respect and love for his late father, He named his son Winston Elba. Early this year, Feb 2018, while on set for his new film Yardie, Idris announced his engagement to his girlfriend, Sarbina Dhowre.

Idris believes in doing what is right, and for that reason, he has no serious religious affiliations. Football is something almost every man loves. He is an avid fan of Arsenal Football Club, which happens to have its home stadium in London the same city where he was brought up. As part of his talent, He is also involved in kickboxing and martial arts. In 2016, the Queen of England awarded him with the OBE honor (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in recognition of his services to drama in London.

Little seems to be said about the beginning of the life of a star, and his career, because much attention is given to his present than his past. Nevertheless, His first acting roles were on the soap opera Family Affairs, the television serial Ultraviolet, and the medical drama Dangerfield. His best-known roles are as drug baron Russell "Stringer" Bell on the HBO series The Wire, and as DCI John Luther on the BBC One series Luther. He also starred in the following films: Mandela, Daddy's Little Girls, Prom Night, Rock n Rolla, The Unborn, and Obsessed. He also appeared in the films American Gangster, Takers, Thor, Prometheus, Pacific Rim, Thor: The Dark World, Beasts of No Nation, and Star Trek: Beyond. He voiced Chief Bogo in Zootopia, Shere Khan in The Jungle Book, and Fluke in Finding Dory.

In 2007, fame became something associated with him. He was named one of the People’s Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the World. In 2015, his excellent works became more obvious to the world. He became the first and only person to win the SAG Best supporting actor after the release of a South African movie called “Beast of No Nation.” The movie showed the effect of war not only on the old but on the life transformation it can have on children. Idris is also the first man to appear on the cover of Maxim magazine.

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