At 14, Elba helped his uncle with his wedding deejay business, and within a year started his own deejay company with friends. By 19, he was working in nightclubs and is still in the biz under the names DJ Big Driis or Big Driis the Londoner. (Which means we need to book a party, stat.)
Before his role on The Wire launched him into the stratosphere, Elba was a doorman at Carolines on Broadway and deejaying to pay the bills. (At one point early on in his career, he even lived in his car.)
Not only is he an award-winning actor (he won a Golden Globe in 2012 for his role on Luther) and stellar deejay, but also a singer and rapper. His new album, Mi Mandela, drops Nov. 24.
My Son Winston Elba was born yesterday..Truly Amazing :-) pic.twitter.com/MrSEQPZo4z— Idris Elba (@idriselba) April 18, 2014
The doting dad has a daughter, Isan Elba, and now a son, Winston Elba, who was born on April 17. (Swoon.)
Kidding, but he does have quite a few films in the works, including A Hundred Streets, Bastille Day and Alive Alone.
He once told the Mirror he has the same friends from when he was a kid and that his life's about his family and what's best for them. On being famous: "I don't want to get into all of that... That isn't me, it just isn't." Which ironically, will make him even more famous. I mean, who doesn't love a guy who plays hard to get?
Elba, whose father is from Sierra Leone, has joined the fight against Ebola. Among other things, he's coordinating with the United Nations officials to work out specific ways he can help them stop the virus in its tracks.
Which is a good thing, considering he's going to be the voice of Shere Khan in the Jon Favreau remake. (Say it with me now: "Awww!")
Let's take a moment to appreciate his fine... work.
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