Idrissa Akuna Elba popularly known as Idris Elba OBE is an English actor, producer, and singer who was born on September 6, 1972. Stringer Bell in HBO’s The Wire, DCI John Luther in BBC One’s Luther, and Nelson Mandela in the biographical movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) are among his notable roles.
Elba earned his big break in the hugely popular thriller The Wire, where he played crime boss ‘Stringer’ Bell for several seasons. David Simon, a novelist, and former police reporter developed and mostly wrote the American crime drama television series The Wire. In the United States, the series was broadcast on HBO, a cable network. The Wire ran for five seasons, from June 2, 2002, to March 9, 2008, and featured 60 episodes. The show began as a police drama partially based on his writing partner Ed Burns’ experiences as a former homicide investigator and public school teacher.
The Wire is praised for its literary themes, unusually accurate explorations of society and politics, and realistic depiction of urban life. The series garnered just mediocre ratings during its initial run and never won any major television awards, but it is now widely regarded as one of the best shows in television history.
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