BET Awards 2024: 5 Badass Roles from Idris Elba

Culture's biggest night returns on Sunday, June 30, at 8 PM.

British actor Idris Elba is a powerhouse of talent whose performances consistently leave audiences in awe. Whether playing a gritty detective or a charismatic antihero, Elba's presence on screen is undeniable.

This year, Elba has earned a “Best Actor” nomination at the upcoming BET Awards 2024, hosted by Golden Globe-winning actress Taraji P. Henson.

Elba is named alongside several standout Hollywood stars, including Anthony Mackie, Colman Domingo, Damson Idris, Denzel Washington, Jeffrey Wright, and LaKeith Stanfield.

To see who will take home the title, tune in when culture's biggest night returns on Sunday, June 30, at 8 PM. In the meantime, relive some of Elba’s most memorable roles below.


  • Luther in “Luther”

    Elba's portrayal of Detective Chief Inspector John Luther is nothing short of iconic. His intense and brooding performance in this British crime drama showcases his ability to convey deep emotional turmoil while solving complex cases. His raw intensity in the role has made Luther a cult favorite and cemented Elba as a leading man in television drama.

  • Heimdall in the “Thor” Series

    As the all-seeing, all-hearing Heimdall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Elba brings a commanding presence to the screen. His portrayal of the Asgardian gatekeeper is both noble and powerful, adding a layer of gravitas to the fantastical world of Thor.

  • Charles Miner in “The Office”

    In 2009, in a surprising but delightful turn, Elba guest-starred as Charles Miner in the hit sitcom The Office. His stint as the no-nonsense Vice President of Regional Sales brought a new dynamic to the Dunder Mifflin team. Elba's deadpan delivery and interactions with the quirky office staff provided some of the series' most memorable moments.

  • Commandant in “Beasts of No Nation”

    Elba's role as the Commandant in Beasts of No Nation is chilling and compelling. As the ruthless leader of a group of child soldiers in an unnamed African country, Elba delivers a performance that is as terrifying as it is captivating. His ability to portray a morally complex character with depth and intensity earned him numerous accolades, including a Screen Actors Guild Award.

  • Stringer Bell in The Wire

    In HBO's critically acclaimed series The Wire, Elba plays Russell "Stringer" Bell, a drug kingpin with a penchant for economics. His nuanced performance as a businessman entangled in the illegal drug trade is masterful, blending charm and menace seamlessly. This role solidified Elba as a versatile actor capable of tackling complex characters.

    Tune in to the BET Awards 2024 on Sunday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET. 

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