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How Idris Elba’s net worth was built

Actor Idris Elba has made his mark in both TV and film. He studied at Britain’s National Youth Music Theatre and landed a string of roles in British TV shows. His career took off slowly, however, and he also worked in a car factory before heading to the United States, where he held jobs as a doorman and a DJ.

He finally got a big break with the HBO series “The Wire.” Several film roles followed, including the 2007 Tyler Perry film “Daddy’s Little Girls,” as well as “28 Weeks Later,” “Obsession,” “Thor,” and “Prometheus.”

He got two high-profile roles that cemented his status as a dramatic actor. The first was the British series “Luther,” where he played a tormented police detective, then in 2013 he portrayed the South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela in the film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

Elba’s net worth as of June 2017 is $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Figure your net worth using Bankrate’s net worth calculator.

Idris Elba

  • Born: 1972
  • Birthplace: London

What he’s up to now

In 2017, Elba is making his debut as a director with the film “Yardie,” based on the 1992 novel by Victor Headley. He also appeared in two mini-series, “Five by Five” and “Guerrilla,” and completed several films, including “Molly’s Game,” “The Dark Tower,” “The Mountain Between Us,” and “Thor: Ragnarok.”


Elba won BET Awards for best actor in 2010 and 2011. He won a Golden Globe in 2014 for best actor for “Luther.” Elba won an Independent Spirit Award in 2016 for best supporting actor for “Beasts of No Nation.” He’s racked up other nominations, including many from film critics associations. In 2016, Queen Elizabeth II appointed him an Officer of the British Empire.

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