Idris Elba is an award winning English actor, producer, musician, and disk jockey. He is known for his lead role in the British crime drama series 'Luther,' a role which won him the Golden Globe Award. He is also known for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in the film 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' and his supporting role in the popular superhero film 'Thor'. Born in Hackney, London, he began acting during his school days. His first important role was in a British TV series called 'Bramwell'. Over the next few years, he appeared in TV series such as 'Law & Order' and 'The Wire'. He also became widely known for his roles in movies, such as 'The Unborn, 'Legacy', Thor’ and 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'. In his career so far, he has been nominated for the Golden Globe five times, out of which he won one, for his performance in ‘Luther’. He has been nominated for the Emmy Award five times as well. He was also named in TIME Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2016. As a singer, he has a released a studio album ‘Murdah Loves John’ and a few EPs.