Idris Elba will always be remembered for his role as Stringer Bell on HBO’s The Wire. Bell’s character is named after two Baltimore drug lords (Stringer Reed and Roland Bell) and his life is similar to businessman Kenneth A. Jackson.
Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo cast Idris Elba in 28 Weeks Later, the 2007 horror science fiction sequel to 28 Days Later. Elba played the role of Brigadier General Stone.
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Tyler Perry cast Idris Elba in his 2007 romantic drama, Daddy’s Little Girls. Elba played Monty James, a single father raising three daughters who eventually falls for Gabrielle Union’s character, attorney Julia Rossmore.
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Idris Elba was nominated for a Black Reel Award for Best Actor in a Film for his performance in the 2005 film The Gospel, a story about the prodigal son.
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Idris Elba returned to HBO in 2005 to take part in a gripping film on the genocide in Rwanda titled Sometimes in April. The movie focuses on two brothers, played by Elba and Oris Erhuero.
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In what turned out to be a surprise box office hit, Idris Elba played alongside Beyoncé Knowles in the 2009 thriller Obsessed. Despite mixed reviews, it opened at the top of the box office.
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