Idris Elba: ‘I used work to exorcise my demons’
The actor was working as a bouncer when he got a small part in a new show called The Wire.
Two decades on, he’s a blockbuster fixture.
The Suicide Squad star talks about fighting for his big break, losing his dad, and why acting helped him out of a ‘dark, weird junction’“I appreciate my quiet time, I really do,” Idris Elba tells me, “but I didn’t choose a career in quiet time.” At 48, his life seems relentlessly full of activity, projects, causes, releases.
He’s the star of an imminent summer blockbuster, The Suicide Squad.
He’s a rapper who releases music online at a rate of about a track a month.
He hosts a podcast.
He’s just released a new line of T-shirts.
Earlier in 2021, Elba signed a deal with HarperCollins to write children’s books.
He and his wife, the Canadian model Sabrina Dhowre Elba,
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