For actor Idris Elba, the road to stardom wasn’t easy. He had to work a lot of bad jobs and deal with a lack of financial resources, but now that he’s made it, he’s living the good life. With a Golden Globe nomination for his role on the television series Luther, as well as BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for his performance in Beasts of No Nation, he now has his choice of acting roles. Now we’re just waiting for the day when he finally gets an Oscar nomination! Since it’s his birthday, we have 9 things you didn’t know about the mysterious but talented actor:
He was born Idrissa Akuna Elba on September 6, 1972 in East London, England, to Winston, who worked in the Ford motor factory at Dagenham, and Eve, who worked as a clerical assistant for the government. Both of his parents are from Africa. They met and married in Sierra Leone; however, while his father is of Sierra Leonean descent, his mother is from Ghana.