Idris Elba
Maarten de Boer
United Kingdom
2020

Green Door Pictures

Idris
Elba

From singing as a feline in “Cats” to wowing as the broody detective in the BBC’s “Luther” to schooling it as a Cockney sea lion in “Finding Dory,” Elba clearly never wants to be defined. His accomplishments outside of acting also fit no mold: He’s a working DJ, founded Green Door Pictures and even turned director in 2018 with gangland thriller “Yardie.” Through Green Door, he’s released the doc “Mandela, My Dad and Me” and series including the Sky comedy “In the Long Run.” Even in a pandemic, Elba keeps busy. After premiering “Concrete Cowboy” at Toronto, he’s got Netflix western “The Harder They Fall,” DC Entertainment’s “The Suicide Squad,” Universal’s survival thriller “Beast” and a film spinoff of his acclaimed “Luther” series.

Career

  • THOR: RAGNAROK
  • BEASTS OF NO NATION
  • LUTHER

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Idris Elba Interviews Paul McCartney for BBC Holiday Special

Idris Elba Interviews Paul McCartney for BBC Holiday Special

Two British legends are joining forces for a BBC special this December.Idris Elba will sit down with Paul McCartney for a BBC One and BBC Music special that will join the broadcaster's holiday schedule. The 60-minute program, which will be recorded in London in the coming weeks, will see Elba interview McCartney about his career as one of the most successful musicians and composers in pop music history.Produced by SO Television, the show will span the former Beatle's journey up...

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