Idris Elba Net Worth 2017: How Much Is Idris Elba Worth Now?

Idris Elba is an English actor, musician, and DJ. Some of his famous and notable works include his role in BBC One series Luther and his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013).

Elba, charismatic and talented, received several nominations; in fact, he was nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film, winning one, and was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award.


Idris Elba’s Net Worth 2017: $15 Million

For a well-known actor and bright spot on Hollywood’s cinematic stage, I expected him to make more sacks of money. Just kidding! He is definitely making a lot more money than his fellow professionals.

Elba made his money by starring American and British productions.


1995-2001

So proud, what a year! #OBE

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In 1995, Elba landed his first significant role on a series called Bramwell, a medical drama set in 1890s England. His first named role arrived earlier in 1995, cast as a gigolo on the “Sex” episode of Absolutely Fabulous. Many supporting roles on British television followed, including series such as The Bill and The Ruth Rendell Mysteries. He joined the cast of the soap opera Family Affairs and went on to appear on the television serial Ultraviolet and later on Dangerfield. In 2001, Elba played Achilles in a stage production of Troilus and Cressida in New York City.


2002-2008

After a supporting turn on a 2001 episode of Law & Order, Elba landed a starring role on the 2002 HBO drama series The Wire. From 2002 to 2004, Elba portrayed Russell “Stringer” Bell in the series, perhaps his best-known role in the United States. In 2005, he portrayed Captain Augustin Muganza in Sometimes in April, an HBO film about the Rwandan Genocide. Besides that, Elba appeared on the 2007 BET special Black Men: The Truth.


2009-Present

#BeastsOfNoNation streaming now on @netflix!

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In January 2009, it was reported per Variety that Elba would portray Charles Miner, a new rival to Dunder Mifflin regional manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell) for NBC’s The Office. Elba appeared in a six-episode story arc later in the 2009 season as well as the season finale. In September 2009, he signed a deal to star as the lead role on the six-part BBC television series Luther, which aired in May 2010. He appeared on Showtime’s The Big C in 2010. At the 69th Golden Globe Awards telecast on 15 January 2012, Elba won the Award for Best Actor in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television for his role on the BBC crime thriller series Luther.

Elba’s next film was Legacy (2010), in which he portrayed a black ops soldier who returned to Brooklyn after a failed mission in Eastern Europe, where he undertook a journey looking for retribution. He starred in Dark Castle’s adaptation of DC/Vertigo’s The Losers in the role of Roque, the second-in-command of a black-ops team out for revenge against a government that did them wrong.

In June 2012, Elba portrayed Captain Janek in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. He joined the cast of the film Pacific Rim (2013) in the role of Stacker Pentecost. In January 2014, he confirmed that he would be starring in a film adaptation of Luther. In 2014, he starred in No Good Deed as a vengeful psychopathic serial killer.

In 2015, Elba appeared as Heimdall in the superhero blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron. Elba also starred alongside Abraham Attah in the film Beasts of No Nation which premiered in select theaters and on Netflix. He earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture as well as a BAFTA nomination for a Supporting Actor award in the Film category. In 2016, he had several voice roles: the cape buffalo chief of police, Chief Bogo, in Disney’s Zootopia; villainous tiger Shere Khan in The Jungle Book, a live-action remake of the animated 1967 film of the same name; and Pixar’s Finding Dory. 

In 2017, he played Roland Deschain in the film adaptation The Dark Tower.

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