Idris Elba

Idris Elba invites fans to "pound his yams" for Valentines

The invitation comes with conditions, however,  as it is tied to Omazes latest charity fundraising campaign for W.E. Can Lead, an initiative dedicated to ensuring schoolgirls in Sierra Leone receive equal access to education.

Idris Elba Shuts Down Madonna Rumors

Last weekend Elba made his boxing debut at London’s York Hall and successfully knocked out his opponent with a multitude of kicks and punches and Madonna sat ring side to take it all in.

“It has been a lifelong ambition of mine to fight professionally,” Elba said in a press release back in August. “Entering the ring to further test myself as a human being is a challenge I have been looking to take on for quite some time.”

Birthday Big Up: Idris Elba

This initial decision to pursue theatre lead to a colossal career which gave birth to the global megastar, Idris Elba.

Elba landed many roles and has appeared in films such as American Gangster, Obsessed, Thor and The Human Contract. He has also appeared in a number of TV roles.

Adding another milestone to his list of successes, today the Golden Globe nominee turns 44 and as our way of celebrating the British film star, here are five interesting facts about him:

1. He is a football fan with his favourite team being Arsenal FC.

VIDEO: Madonna makes a cheeky appearance at Met Gala

Madonna had everyone talking with the back of her Givenchy black lace dress revealing her butt. The 57-year-old boldly strutted her stuff on the red carpet, also wearing KT tape on her breasts and thighs. 

She gave a rather bizarre interview at one point, telling one reporter that everyone one on the red carpet was there having accomplished nothing.

Also in attendance at the Gala was co-host Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston who gave their thoughts on the event. 

People of colour win almost every category at the SAG Awards

For almost every single category in which a nonwhite actor or ensemble was nominated, that candidate won, with the exception of Spotlight, which won Best Film Ensemble.  

With 13 overall categories, seven had nonwhite nominees or diverse ensembles. Of those categories, six won it: Idris Elba (twice), Queen Latifah, Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba and Orange is the New Black.

Uzo Aduba won two awards for Orange is the New Black: Female Actor in a Lead Role, Comedy, and the show's win for Ensemble, Comedy.

'Star Trek Beyond' trailer released ahead of schedule

It appears that the crew of the Starship Enterprise are all trying to survive after being stranded on an unknown planet. Justin Lin (Fast and Furious) directed the flick, taking over for J.J. Abrams so he (Abrams) could focus on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which he is still attached as producer.

Birthday Big Up: Idris Elba

 There is  no mistaking him,  the ladies love this actor.

 Idris Elba turned 43-years young today.

In true Birthday Big Up style here are nine things  about one of sexiest actors in Hollywood.

1.Elba’s real name is Idrissa Akuna Elba.

2.He’s a Londoner, a Hackney native

3.His parents are from Africa, his  father is from Sierra Leon, while his mom hails from Ghana.

4. In 2003, he appeared in the Jamaican movie, One Love, as Aaron.

5.  In 2013 he was ranked #2  on People‍‍ '​‍s annual Sexiest Man Alive list.

Idris responds to "too street" comment with class

 Horowitz created an Internet storm over the weekend when he told the Daily Mail on Sunday that the handsome British actor was "too street" and not suave enough to play Bond.

He apologised later, stating that he clumsily chose the word ‘street’ as Elba’s gritty portrayal of DCI John Luther was in his mind.

Bond author apologizes for saying Idris Elba 'too street' for 007

In an interview with the Daily Mail newspaper published over the weekend, Anthony Horowitz, the author of the new Bond novel "Trigger Mortis," said Elba is "too 'street' for Bond."

Elba, 42, has been rumored to be among the actors considered to replace Daniel Craig as the next Bond. He would be the first black actor to play the spy should he be cast.

"Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better," Horowitz was quoted saying. "It's not a color issue ... Is it a question of being suave? Yeah."

Idris Elba is the first male cover for Maxim magazine

Idris Elba became the first male to make the cover of Maxim by himself with the release of the men’s magazine’s September issue. The men’s mag is typically known for featuring scantily clad women on its cover and presents its annual ‘Maxim 100’, a compilation of the magazine’s hottest women.

“This is the very first time, and there was no one else in the world more badass than Idris,” Maxim editor-in-chief Kate Lanphear said in an interview.