Idris Elba is an English television, theatre, and film actor. He is best known for the portrayal of Stringer Bell, a Baltimore drug lord and aspiring businessman, in HBO's critically acclaimed show The Wire. He portrays Stacker Pentecost in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim.
Elba has worked in a variety of television series including Family Affairs, Ultraviolet, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, and Luther, the latter of which was executive produced by him. Elba is also a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis (or Big Driis the Londoner), and a hip-hop soul recording artist.
Recently, Elba starred in Ridley Scott's Prometheus, which premiered on June 8th, 2012. On Wednesday, 22 June 2011, it was announced that Idris Elba would take the role of Stacker Pentecost in Pacific Rim.