LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28:  Idris Elba poses for a portrait in the backstage studio during the 2009 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on June 28, 2009. (Photo by Arnold Turner/BET/PictureGroup)

Idris Elba


After several years of acting on British television, this London-born actor—the son of West African parents—found fame in America with his breakout role as drug dealer Russell “Stringer” Bell on the hit HBO series The Wire. Celebrated for his smoldering sex appeal, Elba has transferred his small screen stardom into box office star power, starring in such movies as Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girl and the heist hit Takers

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