Acteur de nationalité britannique. Il est d'origine ghanéenne.
Idris Elba starred as Stringer Bell on the acclaimed HBO drama series "The Wire." After starting his career on the London stage, he quickly became a mainstay of British film and television, starring on some of the BBC's top-rated shows, including "Dangerfield," "Bramwell" and "Ultraviolet." He also appeared opposite Catherine Deneuve in the feature film "Belle Maman." Elba moved to the U.S. to continue his acting career and soon began making guest appearances on such TV series as "Soul Food" and "Law & Order." On the American stage, he received rave reviews for his portrayal of Achilles in Sir Peter Hall's off-Broadway production of "Troilus and Cressida."