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    Born on September 6, 1972 in Hackney, London, England

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

Idris Elba as "Nelson Mandela"

The remarkable life of South African revolutionary, president and world icon Nelson Mandela (Idris Elba) takes center stage. Though he had humble beginnings as a herd boy in a rural village, Mandela became involved in the anti-apartheid movement and co-founded the African National Congress Youth League. His activities eventually led to his imprisonment on Robben Island from 1964 to 1990. In 1994, Mandela became the first president of democratic South Africa.

Golden Globe (2013) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

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Will Damian Lewis Be the Next James Bond?

Posted by
Kelly Woo on Jun 16th 2015, 6:30AM

Jun 16th 2015, 6:30AM

Idris Elba in Talks to Be the 'Star Trek 3' Villain

Posted by
Jenni Miller on Mar 25th 2015, 8:20AM

Mar 25th 2015, 8:20AM

Netflix to Release Cary Fukunaga's 'Beasts of No Nation' (UPDATED)

Posted by
Katie Roberts on Mar 3rd 2015, 9:30AM

Mar 3rd 2015, 9:30AM

Disney Legend Richard Sherman Writing Songs for Jon Favreau's 'Jungle Book' (EXCLUSIVE)

Posted by
Drew Taylor on Dec 23rd 2014, 6:48AM

Dec 23rd 2014, 6:48AM

'Luther' Is the Latest British Series Set for a Fox Remake

Posted by
Katie Roberts on Nov 18th 2014, 9:00AM

Nov 18th 2014, 9:00AM

Weekend Box Office: 'No Good Deed' Breaks the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Winning Streak

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The Associated Press on Sep 14th 2014, 8:33AM

Sep 14th 2014, 8:33AM

Good News Kids, Your Favorite 'Wire' Characters Are Coming to 'Finding Dory'

Posted by
Drew Taylor on Sep 11th 2014, 6:33AM

Sep 11th 2014, 6:33AM

Idris Elba Threatens a Baby in This 'No Good Deed' Exclusive Clip

Posted by
Kelly Woo on Sep 2nd 2014, 12:00PM

Sep 2nd 2014, 12:00PM

Best of Late Night TV: 'Chelsea Lately's' Star-Studded Final Show, Idris Elba's Ice Bucket Challenge (VIDEO)

Posted by
Gina Carbone on Aug 27th 2014, 3:56AM

Aug 27th 2014, 3:56AM

Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett Get Wild for 'Jungle Book: Origins'

Posted by
Jenni Miller on Aug 20th 2014, 9:37AM

Aug 20th 2014, 9:37AM

Andy Serkis (AKA Gollum) to Direct Live-Action 'Jungle Book'

Posted by
Drew Taylor on Mar 21st 2014, 11:00AM

Mar 21st 2014, 11:00AM

Nelson Mandela Movies: 5 Actors Who Played the Late South African Leader (PHOTOS)

Posted by
Drew Taylor on Dec 6th 2013, 11:00AM

Dec 6th 2013, 11:00AM

'Long Walk to Freedom' London Premiere: News of Nelson Mandela's Death Rocks Screening

Posted by
Laura Larson on Dec 6th 2013, 7:30AM

Dec 6th 2013, 7:30AM

'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom': Inside the Making of the Nelson Mandela Biopic (EXCLUSIVE)

Posted by
Katie Roberts on Dec 6th 2013, 5:00AM

Dec 6th 2013, 5:00AM

Nelson Mandela Dead at 95: Idris Elba, Morgan Freeman Pay Tribute to the South African Icon

Posted by
Katie Roberts on Dec 5th 2013, 1:15PM

Dec 5th 2013, 1:15PM

Idris Elba on 'Mandela,' Heimdall's Future, and Getting in on the 'Blade Runner' Sequel

Posted by
Tim Hayne on Nov 27th 2013, 12:00PM

Nov 27th 2013, 12:00PM

Idris Elba Was Supposed to Play Marvel's Luke Cage at Some Point

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Drew Taylor on Nov 21st 2013, 9:30AM

Nov 21st 2013, 9:30AM

President Obama Is Hosting a White House Screening of 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'

Posted by
Katie Roberts on Nov 4th 2013, 12:15PM

Nov 4th 2013, 12:15PM

'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' Preview: Idris Elba Mourns the Sharpeville Massacre (EXCLUSIVE)

Posted by
Tim Hayne on Oct 14th 2013, 8:00AM

Oct 14th 2013, 8:00AM

Idris Elba Slams Oasis's Liam Gallagher: 'F--k That Idiot'

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Katie Roberts on Sep 19th 2013, 1:00PM

Sep 19th 2013, 1:00PM

Idris Elba's TV Show 'Luther' Could Get Movie Prequel

Posted by
Jenni Miller on Aug 31st 2013, 9:00AM

Aug 31st 2013, 9:00AM

Cary Fukunaga to Direct 'Noble Assassin' Based on Real-Life James Bond

Posted by
Erin Whitney on Aug 22nd 2013, 9:00AM

Aug 22nd 2013, 9:00AM

'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' Trailer Stars Idris Elba as South African Icon

Posted by
Drew Taylor on Jul 19th 2013, 10:30AM

Jul 19th 2013, 10:30AM

'Pacific Rim' Review: It's More Than Just Monsters Vs. Robots

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Rick Mele on Jul 12th 2013, 3:00PM

Jul 12th 2013, 3:00PM

'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' Trailer: Idris Elba Channels South African Leader

Posted by
Drew Taylor on Jul 12th 2013, 9:00AM

Jul 12th 2013, 9:00AM

'Pacific Rim' European Premiere: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba Invade London (PHOTOS)

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Dana Taddeo on Jul 8th 2013, 6:30AM

Jul 8th 2013, 6:30AM

'Pacific Rim' Teaser: Charlie Hunnam Takes on the Monsters in Kaiju War

Posted by
Drew Taylor on Jul 5th 2013, 6:00AM

Jul 5th 2013, 6:00AM

'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' Poster Debut: Idris Elba Channels Iconic South African President (PHOTO)

Posted by
Serkan Colak on May 30th 2013, 6:42PM

May 30th 2013, 6:42PM

Idris Elba, 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' Star, On 'Prometheus' Secrets And Why He Doesn't Want To Talk About 'Ab Fab'

Posted by
Mike Ryan on Feb 15th 2012, 8:42AM

Feb 15th 2012, 8:42AM

'Prometheus' Trailer: In Space, No One Can Hear Your 'Inception' Horn

Posted by
Christopher Rosen on Dec 22nd 2011, 9:40AM

Dec 22nd 2011, 9:40AM

First Photos of Nic Cage and Idris Elba in 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance'

Posted by
Sharon Knolle on Jul 26th 2011, 10:25AM

Jul 26th 2011, 10:25AM

'Ghost Rider,' 'Total Recall' and More at the Sony Comic-Con Panel

Posted by
Sharon Knolle on Jul 22nd 2011, 7:45PM

Jul 22nd 2011, 7:45PM

Idris Elba Up for Del Toro's and (Possibly) Tarantino's New Films

Posted by
Sharon Knolle on Jun 7th 2011, 10:45AM

Jun 7th 2011, 10:45AM

Quick Hits: 'X-Men' Anime Trailer; New 'Pooh' Poster; More for 'Prometheus'

Posted by
Peter Hall on Feb 26th 2011, 8:00AM

Feb 26th 2011, 8:00AM

'Thor' Early Buzz: Well, Racists Hate It

Posted by
Monika Bartyzel on Dec 16th 2010, 10:35AM

Dec 16th 2010, 10:35AM

Idris Elba to Join 'Ghost Rider' Sequel & Possibly More Marvel Movies?

Posted by
Alison Nastasi on Oct 7th 2010, 5:32AM

Oct 7th 2010, 5:32AM

Review: Takers

Posted by
Eric D. Snider on Aug 27th 2010, 5:03AM

Aug 27th 2010, 5:03AM

Cinematical Late Night: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lars von Trier, Alex Cross

Posted by
Christopher Campbell on Aug 18th 2010, 11:03PM

Aug 18th 2010, 11:03PM

Idris Elba Gets 'Cross' in Latest James Patterson Mystery

Posted by
Harley W. Lond on Aug 18th 2010, 4:31PM

Aug 18th 2010, 4:31PM

Moviefone Minute: 'Takers' Premiere

Posted by
Jenna Busch on Aug 5th 2010, 5:00AM

Aug 5th 2010, 5:00AM


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