A Golden Globe winning actor, producer and DJ, Elba spent his childhood in Canning Town, East London.
After starting his TV career in the capital, Elba crossed the Atlantic and became a household name after captivating audiences as Stringer Bell in HBOâ€™s critically acclaimed series,Â The Wire. His other TV credits include Law & Order,Â The Office andÂ The Big C. His recent films include Ridley Scottâ€™sÂ Prometheus;Â Thor, andÂ Ghost Rider.
Elba has also starred in the BBC's crime drama mini-seriesÂ Luther and went on to win NAACP Image, BET and Golden Globe awards for his portrayal.
The actor is currently filmingÂ The Long Walk to Freedom, a biopic on the life of Nelson Mandela.Â