Idris Elba - Rotten Tomatoes

Idris Elba

Highest Rated:   98% Zootopia (2016)
Lowest Rated:   8% Prom Night (2008)
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Birthplace:   Hackney, London, England, UK
Born in London on September 6, 1972, and raised in the Hackney borough, Elba pursued acting as a high school student at the behest of a drama teacher. Elba paid his dues with many supporting roles on British television, including such series as Bramwell, The Bill, Degrees of Error, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, and The Governor. The actor grew deeply frustrated, however, over the seemingly irrepressible tendency of British casting directors to peg him in supporting roles. "Back in London," he later recalled, "I was always just going to be the best friend, or the crook or the detective on the side." When Elba could take no more of this, he immigrated to the United States. Within a few years, Elba landed a starring role on what would come to be known as one of the best TV series of all time, The Wire.Elba's performance as pusher "Stringer" Bell attained widespread popularity with viewers and helped put Elba on the map. Elba then transitioned into big-screen roles in movies like The Gospel, The Reaping, Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls, 28 Weeks Later, and the Alien prequel Prometheus. Elba also enjoyed more stateside TV success on shows like The Office and Luther.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
86% Molly's Game
  • Actor
2017
92% Thor: Ragnarok
  • Heimdall
$247.3M 2017
41% The Mountain Between Us
  • Ben Bass
$29.7M 2017
16% The Dark Tower
  • Roland Deschain
$50.7M 2017
42% 100 Streets
  • Max
  • Producer
2017
47% The Take (Bastille Day)
  • Sean Briar
$42k 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond
  • Krall
$158.9M 2016
94% Finding Dory
  • Fluke
$486.3M 2016
95% The Jungle Book
  • Shere Khan
$364M 2016
98% Zootopia
  • Chief Bogo
$341.3M 2016
91% Beasts of No Nation
  • Commandant
$84.4k 2015
No Score Yet Enchanted Kingdom 3D
  • Actor
2015
75% Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Heimdall
$429.2M 2015
17% The Gunman
  • Barnes
$8M 2015
No Score Yet The Enchanted Kingdom
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Mandela, My Dad and Me
  • Actor
2015
9% No Good Deed
  • Colin
  • Executive Producer
$42.5M 2014
82% Second Coming
  • Mark
2014
61% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • Nelson Mandela
$4.8M 2013
66% Thor: The Dark World
  • Heimdall
$206.4M 2013
71% Pacific Rim
  • Stacker Pentecost
$101.8M 2013
73% Prometheus
  • Janek
$126.5M 2012
17% Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  • Moreau
$51.8M 2012
77% Thor
  • Heimdall
$181.1M 2011
13% Demons Never Die
  • Executive Producer
2011
29% Takers
  • Gordon Jennings
$57.8M 2010
48% The Losers
  • Roque
$23.4M 2010
No Score Yet Bone Deep
  • Actor
2010
83% Legacy: Black Ops
  • Malcolm Gray
  • Executive Producer
2010
19% Obsessed
  • Derek Charles
$68.3M 2009
10% The Unborn
  • Arthur Wyndham
$42.7M 2009
59% RocknRolla
  • Mumbels
$5.7M 2008
No Score Yet The Human Contract
  • Larry
2008
8% Prom Night
  • Detective Winn
$43.9M 2008
56% This Christmas
  • Quentin Whitfield Jr.
$49.2M 2007
80% American Gangster
  • Tango
$130.2M 2007
71% 28 Weeks Later...
  • Stone
$28.6M 2007
8% The Reaping
  • Ben
$25.1M 2007
26% Daddy's Little Girls
  • Monty
$31.4M 2007
32% The Gospel
  • Reverend Charles Frank
$15.8M 2005
No Score Yet Sometimes in April
  • Augustin Muganza
2005
No Score Yet World of Trouble
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet One Love
  • Aaron
2004
73% Buffalo Soldiers
  • Kimborough
2001
No Score Yet Belle maman
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Ultraviolet
  • Actor
1998

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
78% Guerrilla
2017
  • Executive Producer
  • Kent
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Syfy Presents Live From Comic-Con
2016
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Appearing
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2012
89% Luther
2010-2015
  • John Luther
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
69% The Big C
2010-2013
  • Lenny
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Office
2005-2013
  • Charles Miner
  • 2009
  • 2006
96% The Wire
2002-2008
  • Stringer Bell
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Angelo Sedaris
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Lonnie Liston
  • 2001
No Score Yet Absolutely Fabulous
1992-2012
  • Hilton
  • 1995

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