Movies from Idris Elba

The Jungle Book

Raised by wild animals since childhood, Mowgli is drawn away from the jungle by the beautiful Kitty. But Mowgli must eventually face corrupt Capt. Boone, who wants both Kitty's hand and the treasures of Monkey City – a place only Mowgli can find.
Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
What is my favourite classic animated movie...dudududu... what is my favourite... that's a good question. At the risk of sounding corny, I think it is The Jungle Book.
Movies from Idris Elba

Mary Poppins

A magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.
Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
I loved Mary Poppins. Classic, man, just classic! The songs, the animation, amazin'.
Movies from Idris Elba

Once Upon a Time in America

A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.
Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
I skipped school one afternoon when I was 16 to go see Once Upon a Time in America. I was inspired by Robert De Niro; I was blown away by his performance. The next day I told my acting teacher in school that I wanted to be like De Niro.
Movies from Idris Elba

Wonder Woman

An Amazon princess comes to the world of Man in the grips of the First World War to confront the forces of evil and bring an end to human conflict.
Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
Let’s be positive — it’s a character created for TV in the ’70s and she kicks ass in the movie. Change is incremental, O.K.? First, you can’t have a black guy kissing a white woman. But then you can have a light-skinned black kissing a white woman. And then it changes, you know. So first you can have a lead woman and she is the hero, but she has to be slightly sexualized. It’s going to change.
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12 Years a Slave

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.
Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
I personally don’t want to see any more slave films. I think it’s a time that’s been very well documented. ‘12 Years a Slave,’ although a genius movie, I just found it really hard to watch and didn’t want to go back down that road for the sake of entertainment. I think there are a lot more interesting stories that are less covered that we can spend our time on.
Movies from Idris Elba

GoodFellas

The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.
Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
For a long time it was Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, and then I saw a film called The Champ. It's a tearjerker of a movie, man. It's real old. There's this little boy, and he's yelling: "Come on, champ! You can get up in the ring again, champ!" It's a good one.
TV Shows from Idris Elba

The Office

Documentary-style sitcom sets in the offices of a Slough paper merchant.
Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
My favourite tee-vee show, actually I was a massive fan of the original Office, The English Office. I just found that hilarious.
TV Shows from Idris Elba

Only Fools and Horses

The misadventures of two wheeler dealer brothers Del Boy and Rodney Trotter of “Trotters Independent Traders PLC” who scrape their living by selling dodgy goods believing that next year they will be millionaires.
Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
I grew up with the classic sitcoms like Only Fools And Horses. And they are a formula. It’s not just gag and gag and gag. There’s some heart. You care about the characters
TV Shows from Idris Elba

Bonanza

The High-Sierra adventures of Ben Cartwright and his sons as they run and defend their ranch while helping the surrounding community.
Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
When I worked with Daniel Craig [Cowboys & Aliens, 2011], he said that dressing up and playing a cowboy is universal, not just an American fantasy. Is it something that was appealing to you? ELBA: [laughs] Yeah, I mean, I used to watch Bonanza. Do you even know what that is?
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6 UK Artists Idris Elba Loves

So for our viewers who are maybe not familiar with British hip-hop can you give us your top 5 Dead or Alive UK Edition? Okay, I'm gonna say no particular order: Demon Boyz which some of you would not know but I was one of the first rap groups that I fell in love in England. I'm gonna put Blak Twang on there, I'm gonna put the London Posse on there, I'm gonna put Stormzy on there, I have to put Dizzee on there, I'm have to put gigs on there, I mean I know that six and I can count but it's just you know in terms of UK hip hop.
Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
So for our viewers who are maybe not familiar with British hip-hop can you give us your top 5 Dead or Alive UK Edition? Okay, I'm gonna say no particular order: Demon Boyz which some of you would not know but I was one of the first rap groups that I fell in love in England. I'm gonna put Blak Twang on there, I'm gonna put the London Posse on there, I'm gonna put Stormzy on there, I have to put Dizzee on there, I'm have to put gigs on there, I mean I know that six and I can count but it's just you know in terms of UK hip hop.
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Idris Elba Favorite Music

Idris Elba is a talented musician himself and here is what he prefers to listen to while on set or touring.
Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
Idris Elba is a talented musician himself and here is what he prefers to listen to while on set or touring.
Music from Idris Elba

Darling I Need Your Loving — John Holt

Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
My favorite song of all time is “Darling I Need Your Loving” by an old reggae guy called John Holt.
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How I Got Over

Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
I just got the new Roots album. Great work but I didn't even know there WAS a new Roots record. Even music buzz isn't used in the same way.
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Cole World: The Sideline Story

Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
@JColeNC album is a good ride still.. I could have done without the songs from the tapes.. But the collective as a whole is Dope!! Wicked.
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My Name Is My Name

Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
I'm listening to Pusha T's Album this morning. ..Gully music.
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Black Messiah

Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
"Save your soul" music.
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Lady Gaga

Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
I'm goo goo for Gaga. Her show is Theater. Foundation.
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Ian Wright

Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
One of the greatest strikers Arsenal has ever seen.
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Robert De Niro

Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
I skipped school one afternoon when I was 16 to go see Once Upon a Time in America. I was inspired by Robert De Niro; I was blown away by his performance. The next day I told my acting teacher in school that I wanted to be like De Niro.
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Meryl Streep

Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
My celebrity crush is Meryl Streep. When I met her, my tongue swelled up in my mouth!
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5 Actors Who Inspire Idris Elba

Elba grew up watching the black stars that black people worldwide, to say nothing of everyone else, were watching: Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Richard Roundtree. And later: early-career Wesley Snipes and, of course, Denzel Washington, who in the late ‘80s came to England to film For Queen and Country
Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
Elba grew up watching the black stars that black people worldwide, to say nothing of everyone else, were watching: Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Richard Roundtree. And later: early-career Wesley Snipes and, of course, Denzel Washington, who in the late ‘80s came to England to film For Queen and Country
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Daniel Day-Lewis

Idris Elba
Idris Elba
Actor, Director, Musician
Daniel Day-Lewis is an incredible actor.