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.

Idris Elba as DCI John Luther (YouTube)

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’