The Many Faces of Idris Elba

The Root takes a look at the British actor's arsenal of roles both on and off the screen.

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Elba teamed up with the British folk group Mumford & Sons to direct and star in their music video for the single "Lover of the Light."

Monty James, 'Daddy's Little Girls'

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Elba played a hardworking mechanic in this movie from 2007, one of the few Tyler Perry films not to include Madea.

Derek Charles, 'Obsessed'

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Cast as Beyoncé Knowles' husband in this 2009 film, Elba played a family man whose life was turned upside down once his office secretary began to stalk him.

DCI John Luther, 'Luther'