5 Things You Don't Know About Idris Elba

September 10, 2013

This Golden Globe winner for his role as troubled detective John Luther on the BBC drama Luther also portrays iconic South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela in the upcoming biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Here are five things you may not know about this versatile British star!

1. Born September 6, 1972 in London, England. His parents were both from Africa -- his father from Sierra Leone and his mother from Ghana.

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2. Told Details magazine that while growing up in Britain, he learned a lot about American culture by watching classic TV shows including Happy Days, Magnum P.I. ane Starsky & Hutch.

3. Is also a music producer, lyricist and vocalist and performs as a DJ under the name Big Driis the Londoner. He even shares a co-producing credit for working on Jay-Z's 2007 album American Gangster.

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4. If he wasn't an actor, has said he'd likely be in the teaching profession, or perhaps even a hang up a shingle as a life coach.

5. Has a fashion addiction to shoes and confesses to being a huge "sneaker head" who seeks out the coolest footwear at stores all over the world.

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