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and shortened his first name from Idrissa to "Idris" at school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting.
He credits The Stage with giving him his first big break; having seen an advertisement for a play in a newspaper, Elba auditioned and met his first agent while performing in the role.
Elba has created a collaboration with British fashion label Superdry, which launched at the end of November 2015.
Elba hosted The Best FIFA Football Awards 2017 at the London Palladium on 23 October 2017.
He will make his directorial debut with an adaptation of the 1992 novel Yardie by Victor Headley.His first acting role was in Crimewatch murder reconstructions.To support himself between roles in Crimewatch reconstructions, he worked in jobs such as tyre-fitting, cold call advertising sales, and working night shifts at Ford Dagenham.After a supporting turn on a 2001 episode of Law & Order, Elba landed a starring role on the 2002 HBO drama series The Wire.From 2002 to 2004, Elba portrayed Russell "Stringer" Bell in the series, perhaps his best-known role in the United States.