Idrissa “Idris” Elba (born September 6, 1972 in London, England) acted in the television series The Wire (2002-2004) and the British series Luther (2010-2015). In movies, he acted in American Gangster (2007) and Prometheus (2012), both directed by Ridley Scott. He played Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), the Commandant in Beasts of No Nation (2015) by Cary Fukunaga. He plays the Norse God Heimdall in the Marvel films Thor (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
Elba costarred with Matthew McConaughey in the science-fiction western The Dark Tower (2017), with Kate Winslet in the survival romance The Mountain Between Us (2017), he plays the lawyer in Molly’s Game (2017) written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, starring Jessica Chastain as Molly Bloom.