“Idris Akuna Elba” (born 6 September 1972) is a British television, theatre, and film actor who has starred in both British and American productions. Idris Elba grew up in Hackney, East London. One of his first acting roles was in the soap opera “Family Affairs”. He has worked in a variety of TV roles including “Ultraviolet” and “The Inspector Lynley Mysteries”. He is also known for playing Russell ‘Stringer’ Bell, the drug dealer who aspired to become a high powered businessman, in HBO’s “The Wire”. Elba is also a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis / Big Driis the Londoner, and a hip-hop soul recording artist.
In 2009, Idris began playing a character in NBC’s television hit series “The Office”. He was in six episodes playing Charles Miner, Michael Scott’s new boss. Elba is currently in talks for a starring role in Dark Castle Entertainment’s adaptation of DC/Vertigo’s “The Losers”. He will be under the direction of Sylvain White in the role of Roque, the second-in-command of a black-ops team out for revenge against a government that did them wrong. Recently, he was seen in the thriller “Obsessed” with Beyoncé Knowles and Ali Larter and will appear in the 2010 thriller “Takers” starring Hayden Christensen, T.I., and Paul Walker.