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Benedict Cumberbatch joins cast of 'Jungle Book: Origins'

Benedict Cumberbatch joins cast of 'Jungle Book: Origins'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Benedict Cumberbatch will voice villainous tiger Shere Khan in Warner Bros. Studio's "The Jungle Book: Origins."
Annie Martin
Bill Murray to play Baloo in 'Jungle Book'

Bill Murray to play Baloo in 'Jungle Book'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 (UPI) --Bill Murray joins Disney's 'Jungle Book' cast as voice of lovable Baloo.
Danielle Haynes
Live action 'Jungle Book' casts its Mowgli

Live action 'Jungle Book' casts its Mowgli

LOS ANGELES, July 15 (UPI) --Disney has cast newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli in Jon Favreau's live action "Jungle Book."
Annie Martin
'Mandela' screenwriter: '12 Years a Slave' used up 'all the guilt about black people'

'Mandela' screenwriter: '12 Years a Slave' used up 'all the guilt about black people'

LOS ANGELES, June 3 (UPI) --Screenwriter William Nicholson has blamed "12 Years a Slave" for the financial and critical failure of his Nelson Mandela biopic, "Long Walk to Freedom."
Kate Stanton
Idris Elba's girlfriend gives birth to their first child, a son

Idris Elba's girlfriend gives birth to their first child, a son

LONDON, April 18 (UPI) -- British actor Idris Elba has announced via Twitter his girlfriend, makeup artist Naiyana Garth, gave birth to their first child, a son.
Karen Butler
British graffiti artist Banksy recreates iconic image to mark Syrian war anniversary

British graffiti artist Banksy recreates iconic image to mark Syrian war anniversary

March 13 (UPI) -- British graffiti artist Banksy recreated his iconic image of a girl with a red balloon for the #WithSyria campaign with actor Idris Elba to make a video.
Aileen Graef
Golden Globe Awards get started in Los Angeles

Golden Globe Awards get started in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The 71st Golden Globes Awards ceremony is under way in Los Angeles, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler serving as co-hosts for the second consecutive year.
Meryl Streep, Matthew McConaughey honored at Palm Springs Film Festival

Meryl Streep, Matthew McConaughey honored at Palm Springs Film Festival

Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A bevy of Hollywood A-listers lit up the desert for the annual Palm Springs Film Festival on Saturday.
Kate Stanton
'Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Captain Phillips' earn Golden Globe nods

'Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Captain Phillips' earn Golden Globe nods

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- "12 Years a Slave," "Captain Phillips," "Gravity," "Philomena" and "Rush" were nominated for the Best Drama Film Golden Globe in Los Angeles Thursday.
Charlize Theron, Morgan Freeman, Idris Elba remember Nelson Mandela

Charlize Theron, Morgan Freeman, Idris Elba remember Nelson Mandela

Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Idris Elba, charged with portraying Nelson Mandela in the upcoming film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" said he was told of the South African hero's passing while he was at the film's Royal premiere in London Thursday.
Gabrielle Levy
'Mandela' premieres in London on the night Mandela died

'Mandela' premieres in London on the night Mandela died

LONDON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, were at the London premiere of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" when they learned the film's subject had died.
Morgan Freeman remembers Nelson Mandela

Morgan Freeman remembers Nelson Mandela

Dec. 5 (UPI) -- The legendary actor remembers the late icon he played onscreen in "Invictus."
Kate Stanton
Prince William remembers Nelson Mandela at 'Long Walk to Freedom' premiere [VIDEO]

Prince William remembers Nelson Mandela at 'Long Walk to Freedom' premiere [VIDEO]

Dec. 5 (UPI) -- In a sad coincidence, Prince William and Kate Middleton were at the London premiere of "Nelson Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom" when they heard of his passing.
Kate Stanton
Idris Elba offers condolences to Nelson Mandela's family

Idris Elba offers condolences to Nelson Mandela's family

NEW YORK, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- British actor Idris Elba, who plays Nelson Mandela in "Long Walk to Freedom," offered his condolences to the late South African president's family Thursday.
White House scaling back on official film screenings, report says

White House scaling back on official film screenings, report says

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- White House sources told The Hollywood Reporter they are planning to scale back the number of official screenings attended by U.S. President Barack Obama.
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American actor Idris Elba attends the world premiere of "Rocknrolla" at Odeon West End in London on September 1, 2008. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Idris Akuna Elba (born 6 September 1972) is a British television, theatre, and film actor who has starred in both British and American productions. Idris Elba grew up in Canning Town, East London. One of his first acting roles was in the soap opera Family Affairs. He has worked in a variety of TV roles including Ultraviolet and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. He is also known for playing Russell "Stringer" Bell, the drug dealer who aspired to become a high powered businessman, in HBO's The Wire. Elba is also a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis / Big Driis the Londoner, and a hip-hop soul recording artist.

In 2009, Elba began playing a character in NBC's television hit series The Office. He was in six episodes playing Charles Miner, Michael Scott's new boss. In 2010, he appeared in Dark Castle Entertainment's adaptation of DC/Vertigo’s The Losers, under the direction of Sylvain White in the role of Roque, the second-in-command of a black-ops team out for revenge against a government that did them wrong. The same year, he will also appear in the thriller Takers starring Hayden Christensen, T.I., Chris Brown, and Paul Walker. In September 2009, Elba took the lead in a 6-part BBC television show called Luther aired from May 4, 2010 on BBC One.

Elba, an only child, was born Idrissa Akuna Elba, and shortened his first name at school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. His father is Sierra Leonean and his mother is Ghanaian. Elba grew up in East Ham. He began helping an uncle with his wedding-DJ business at age 14, and within a year had started his own DJ company with some friends. He left school at 16 and won a place in the National Youth Music Theatre—thanks to a £1,500 Prince’s Trust grant – but then ended up having to do everything from tire-fitting to cold-call advertising sales to pay the rent between roles in Crimewatch murder reconstructions. He was working in nightclubs under the DJ nickname Big Driis by the age of 19, but began auditioning for television parts in his early twenties. After a stint in the National Youth Music Theatre, Elba worked the night shift at a Ford factory in Dagenham, London in 1989 and '90. Elba started acting in secondary school (Trinity Comprehensive, Barking Road, Canning Town) with encouragement from his drama teacher(Susan McPhee).

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