Russell ‘Stringer’ Bell, ‘The Wire’
Elba’s portrayal of the ruthless bibliophile and drug dealer on the HBO series from 2002 to 2004 is arguably his best-known role. It also introduced Elba to American audiences.
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’