British actor Idris Elba, best known for his roles on HBO’s “The Wire” and the BBC One television series Luther, starring alongside Beyonce in Obsessed and playing Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Idrissa Akuna Alba is also a well known DJ who goes by DJ Big Driis or Big Driis the Londoner. After helping his under with a wedding DJ business in 1986, a year later an ambitious Elba launched his own DJ company with some of his mates.
In 1988 Elba won a spot in the National Youth Music Theatre but had to take on various jobs like telemarketing to make ends meet in between acting gigs. He became Big Driis when he was 19 years old and began work as a DJ. He continued to audition for television roles in his early 20s.
It wasn’t until 1995 that Idris scored a role on Bramwell, a medical drama set in 1890s England. He played the lead on the series’ first season. His character was Charlie Carter, an African petty theif who stole money to support his newbord daughter. He then took on a supporting role in the “Sex” episode of Absolutely Fabulous – he played a gigolo.
Transitioning from the small screen to the silver screen, the Emmy award winning Brit has been scoring major film roles for years now. By acting in films like American Gangster, Prometheus, and Thor. Casting directors clearly don’t seem to have many reservations about hiring the 6’3 star. Apparently, casting Elba pays off. He has been nominated for three Golden Globes for Best Actor along with four primetime Emmy nominations. In 2012, Elba won a Best Actor Golden Globe award for his work on Luther.
For whatever reason, no one mentions Elba’s contributions outside of entertainment. Elba supports The Prince’s Trust, a youth charity that is dedicated to helping change as the motivating force of developing his career. In 2009, The Prince’s Trust named Elba as its Anti-crime ambassador. In 2011, Elba made a slight appearance on Pharoache Monch’s album W.A.R. A year later Idris could be seen playing a blind man in Mumford and Son’s “Lover of the Light” music video, which Elba also co-directed. Is there anything this man can not do? This is why we chose him as one of our Because He’s Hot guys.