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Idris Elba is one of the world’s biggest film and television stars. Born in east London, Idris landed his big break in the role of Stringer Bell, the lieutenant of a Baltimore drug empire on HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Wire, a role that in 2005 earned him an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding …

The Jungle Book (2016)

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Who's the Afro-British thespian who's played Nelson Mandela and earned acclaim for <i>The Wire</i> and <i>Luther</i>? That's Idris Elba and his story is on Biography.com.

Idris Elba: As the child of a Sierra Leonean father and a Ghanian mother, Afro-British cinema and television actor Idris Elba built his reputation as a performer in sitcoms and cable dramas during the 1990s and early 2000s before segueing into Hollywood movies in 2005.

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