• Golden Globe Awards

Idris Elba

Idris Elba has been nominated to the Golden Globe, not one but two times once again, this year for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television, for Luther, as well as for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation, which proves one more time why he is one of the best actors today. “Thank you to the HFPA, who have always been so amazingly supportive of me throughout my career. I’m so excited, in particular, to be recognized for both Luther and Beasts of No Nation. For Luther, what better way to celebrate the end of a great run than with this stellar acknowledgement,” he said when got the news about the nominations.Born in London on September 6, 1972, (his father was born in Sierra Leone and his mother is from Ghana), Elba pursued acting as a high school student. He left school in 1988 and won a place in the National Youth Music Theatre, thanks to a grant. His first roles were in Crimewatch while he supported working with his uncle’s DJ Company in nightclubs, under the DJ nickname Big Driis, at the age of 19, but began auditioning for television roles in his early twenties.Elba worked in supporting roles on British television, including Bramwell, The Bill, Degrees of Error, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries and The Governor. After feeling that he could be getting different roles, he immigrated to the United States where he landed a starring role on The Wire and worked on Law and Order.After years in the United States, he went back to London, scoring the role of the brilliant but troubled detective Luther in the BBC mini series. “People were so used to me as an American in The Wire many people didn’t even realize I was British. People would hear me talk in my own accent and were really shocked,” he laughed.Elba cuts an imposing presence but is far more laid back than his on-screen persona, exhibiting an easy, relaxed charm. “I’ve been working for more than twenty-five years but it feels like an earthquake has happened in the last few years and I am getting all these amazing varied roles.” Not only four seasons of Luther (for which he won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for the first time in 2012), but Elba was also featured in Hollywood blockbusters like Pacific Rim, Prometheus, Thor, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as in television, showing his lighter comedic side in The Office and a romantic in The Big C. Now, besides his iconic role as Luther, with his performance in Beast of No Nation the British actor deserves the recognition of one of the best of 2015, in a war drama shot in Ghana which was written and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, based on Uzodinma Iweala’s 2005 book of the same name, that tells the story of a young boy named Agu (Abraham Attah) who survives as his country goes through a horrific civil war. In the midst of this horror, Agu joins a group of mercenary fighters, led by Idris Elba’s Commandant.Mario Amaya