Idris Elba filmography

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Elba in February 2018

Idris Elba is an English actor, producer, musician and DJ, known for playing drug trafficker Stringer Bell on the HBO series The Wire, DCI John Luther on the BBC One series Luther and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013). He has been nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, winning one and was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award.


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Belle maman Grégoire
2000 Sorted Jam
2001 Buffalo Soldiers Kimborough
2003 One Love Aaron
2005 The Gospel Charles Frank
2005 Sometimes in April Augustin
2007 Daddy's Little Girls Monty James
2007 The Reaping Ben
2007 28 Weeks Later General Stone
2007 American Gangster Tango
2007 This Christmas Quentin Whitfield
2008 Prom Night Detective Winn
2008 RocknRolla Mumbles
2008 The Human Contract Larry
2009 The Unborn Arthur Wyndham
2009 Obsessed Derek Charles
2010 Legacy Malcolm Gray Also executive producer
2010 The Losers Roque
2010 Takers Gordon Cozier
2011 Thor Heimdall
2011 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Moreau
2012 Prometheus Captain Janek
2013 Pacific Rim Stacker Pentecost
2013 Thor: The Dark World Heimdall
2013 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela
2014 No Good Deed Colin Evans Also executive producer
2014 Second Coming Mark
2015 The Gunman DuPont
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Heimdall
2015 Beasts of No Nation Commandant
2016 Zootopia Chief Bogo Voice
2016 The Jungle Book Shere Khan Voice
2016 Bastille Day (aka The Take) Sean Briar
2016 Finding Dory Fluke Voice
2016 100 Streets Max
2016 Star Trek Beyond Krall / Balthazar Edison
2017 The Dark Tower Roland Deschain
2017 Molly's Game Charlie Jaffey
2017 The Mountain Between Us Ben Bass
2017 Thor: Ragnarok Heimdall
2018 Avengers: Infinity War
2018 Yardie N/A Director, feature directorial debut
2019 Hobbs & Shaw Brixton Lore
2019 Cats Macavity
2020 Concrete Cowboy Harp
2021 The Suicide Squad Robert DuBois / Bloodsport Post-production
2021 The Harder They Fall Rufus Buck Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1994 2point4 Children Parachute Instructor Episode: "Fortuosity"
1994 Space Precinct Pizza Delivery Man Episode: "Double Duty"
1994–1995 The Bill Earl Lee, Alex Mason 2 episodes
1995 Absolutely Fabulous Hilton Episode: "Sex"
1995 Bramwell Charlie Carter Episode: "The Outcast's Baby"
1996 The Governor Officer Chiswick 6 episodes
1996 Crocodile Shoes II Jo-Jo Episode: "Troubled Man"
1996 The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Raffy, Pest Controller 4 episodes
1996 Crucial Tales Benton Episode: "Spiders and Flies"
1997 Insiders Robinson Bennett 6 episodes
1997 Family Affairs Tim Webster 7 episodes
1997 Silent Witness Charlie Episode: "Blood, Sweat & Tears"
1998 Verdict PC Brian Rawlinson Episode: "Neighbours from Hell"
1998 Ultraviolet Vaughan Rice 6 episodes
1999 Dangerfield Matt Gregory 12 episodes
2000 In Defence PC Paul Fraser 1 episode
2001 London's Burning Cpl. Richard Frost 2 episodes
2001 Law & Order Lonnie Liston Episode: "3 Dawg Night"
2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Robert Gabriel Episode: "Payment in Blood"
2002 Hack Mac Boone Episode: "My Alibi"
2002–2004 The Wire Russell "Stringer" Bell 37 episodes
2003 CSI: Miami Angelo Sedaris Episode: "The Best Defense"
2003 Queens Supreme Carla Episode: "Mad About You"
2003 Soul Food Smitty Episode: "Sacrifice Fly"
2005 Girlfriends Paul Episode: "All in a Panic"
2005 Sometimes in April Augustin Muganza Television film
2005 Jonny Zero Hodge Episode: "To Serve and to Protect"
2006 All in the Game Paul Television film
2008 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Charles Gotso Episode: "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"
2009 The Office Charles Miner 7 episodes
2010 The Big C Lenny 4 episodes
2010 Walk Like a Panther N/A Executive producer
2010–2019 Luther DCI John Luther 20 episodes; also associate producer
2011 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Police Officer Voice; Episode: "Intervention"
2011 How Hip Hop Changed the World N/A Executive producer
2011 Demons Never Die N/A Executive producer
2012 Idris Elba's How Clubbing Changed the World Himself Host
2013 Idris Elba: King of Speed Himself Host
2013, 2015 Playhouse Presents Akuna's Father, Narrator Also wrote and directed "The Pavement Psychologist"
2015 Idris Elba: No Limits Himself Host
2017 Guerrilla Kentoro "Kent" Abbasi 6 episodes; also executive producer
2017 Idris Elba: Fighter Himself Host; also executive producer
2017 The Best FIFA Football Awards 2017 Himself Host
2018–2020 In the Long Run Walter Easmon Also creator
2018 The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 Himself Host
2019 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Idris Elba/Khalid"
2019 Turn Up Charlie Charlie Ayo Also creator and executive producer
2020 Coronavirus, Explained Narrator Episode: "How to Cope"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 SFC "Truck" [1]
2014 FIFA 15 Voice in E3 Trailer
2016 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege Televised Advertisements
2019 NBA 2K20 Coach

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Title Role Notes
2012 Mumford and Sons "Lover of the Light" Blind Man Also co-director and producer
2012 Giggs "Hustle On" Driver Also producer
2014 K Michelle "***" N/A Director
2016 Macklemore "Dance Off" Himself Featured artist
2019 Wiley, Sean Paul, & Stefflon Don "Boasty" Himself Featured artist
2019 Stormzy "Vossi Bop" Himself Cameo


  1. ^ Voice Over Soundbites - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 BTS. November 15, 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2016 – via YouTube.

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