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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