17 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Idris Elba played the role of Brixton Lore in "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw." Brixton Lore is a cyber-genetically enhanced mercenary and the main antagonist of the film. He is a formidable adversary, equipped with advanced technology and fighting skills. Elba's portrayal of Brixton showcases his charisma and intensity, bringing a sense of danger and intrigue to the character.
16 Buffalo Soldiers
Idris Elba starred in the 2002 drama Buffalo Soldiers as Ray Elwood, a sergeant stationed in Germany in 1989 during the final days of the Cold War. Elwood is a cunning, street-smart hustler whose schemes to make a quick buck get him in trouble with his superiors, which leads to a clash of wills between him and his commander. Elwood eventually finds himself in a moral quandary as he must decide whether to do the right thing or make a profit.
15 Thor: The Dark World
Idris Elba plays the character Heimdall in 'Thor: The Dark World.' Heimdall is the Asgardian sentry who stands guard at the Bifrost Bridge and is tasked with guarding the realm of Asgard from any intruders. He is an ally of Thor and is always willing to help Thor in his battles against the dark forces that threaten the universe.
14 Pacific Rim
Idris Elba stars as Stacker Pentecost in the 2013 science fiction action film Pacific Rim. In the film, Pentecost is a Jaeger pilot tasked with leading a team of pilots in a last-ditch effort to save humanity from the threat of monstrous creatures from an inter-dimensional rift. Elba portrays Pentecost as a determined and driven leader, inspiring his team to fight for their lives in the face of the overwhelming odds against them.
13 28 Weeks Later
Elba starred in 28 Weeks Later, a 2007 British-Spanish science fiction horror film, as Sgt. Doyle, a Special Forces Officer. While investigating a possible outbreak of the Rage virus that had devastated the British Isles, Doyle and his team come across a seemingly abandoned house. When they enter, they are attacked by a group of infected humans. Doyle must lead his team to safety while trying to contain the virus, a task that proves increasingly difficult as the virus spreads and the infected become more and more vicious. Elba’s performance as Sgt. Doyle is intense and believable. He manages to convey the gravity of the situation while also displaying determination and courage in the face of danger. His performance is a key part of the movie, and it helps to make 28 Weeks Later a genuinely frightening and thrilling experience.
12 Star Trek Beyond
In the film "Star Trek Beyond," Idris Elba portrayed the character Krall. Krall is the primary antagonist of the movie, a mysterious and ruthless alien commander who poses a significant threat to the crew of the starship USS Enterprise. Elba's portrayal of Krall showcases his acting range and ability to embody complex characters. With his powerful presence and commanding performance, Elba brings depth and intensity to the role, adding an element of danger and intrigue to the Star Trek universe.
Idris Elba plays Janek in the 2012 science-fiction horror film Prometheus directed by Ridley Scott. Janek is the captain of the exploration ship Prometheus, and the leader of the expedition. He is a strong-willed and no-nonsense character who is devoted to his crew and their mission. Janek’s character is instrumental in the plot, as it is his experience and expertise that help guide the expedition through the perils of their journey. He is a dependable and trustworthy leader who is willing to make tough decisions in the heat of the moment. Janek’s decisiveness is tested when his crew discovers what lies beneath the mysterious planet they are exploring. He is forced to make a difficult decision which could potentially be the difference between life and death. Idris Elba’s performance as Janek is powerful and captivating. His character is a strong and admirable leader who is willing to do whatever it takes to protect his crew and complete their mission. His portrayal of Janek is an example of Elba’s brilliant acting ability and is an important part of why Prometheus is such a successful film.
In the film "Thor" (2011), Idris Elba portrayed the character Heimdall. Heimdall is a prominent character in Norse mythology and in the Marvel Comics universe. In the film, he serves as the guardian of the Bifröst, the mystical bridge that connects Asgard (the realm of the gods) to the other realms. Elba's portrayal of Heimdall showcases his commanding presence and stoic demeanor. Heimdall becomes an important ally to Thor and plays a crucial role in the story's events.
9 Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Idris Elba stars as Nelson Mandela in the 2013 feature film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The biopic chronicles Mandela's life from his childhood in a rural village through his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Elba's performance was praised for his powerful and nuanced portrayal of the iconic leader.
8 Avengers: Age of Ultron
Idris Elba appears as Heimdall in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Heimdall is a character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe who is a sentry of Asgard and the guardian of the Bifrost Bridge. He is responsible for allowing or denying passage to Asgard and other realms. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Heimdall assists Thor by transporting him to Earth.
In the film "RocknRolla," Idris Elba portrayed the character Mumbles. Mumbles is a small-time criminal and associate of the main characters in the film, including One Two (played by Gerard Butler). Elba's performance as Mumbles adds a touch of humor and charm to the character, showcasing his ability to bring personality to supporting roles. "RocknRolla," directed by Guy Ritchie and released in 2008, is a crime comedy that follows the interconnected stories of various characters in the London underworld.
6 Molly's Game
In the film "Molly's Game," Idris Elba portrayed the character Charlie Jaffey. Charlie Jaffey is a prominent defense attorney who represents the main character, Molly Bloom (played by Jessica Chastain). Jaffey is initially skeptical about taking on Molly's case but becomes intrigued by her story and works to defend her in a high-stakes legal battle. Elba's portrayal of Jaffey showcases his talent for bringing depth and nuance to his characters, adding a compelling dynamic to the film.
5 Beasts of No Nation
Idris Elba starred as Commandant in the 2015 war drama Beasts of No Nation. The film follows Agu, a child soldier who is forced to fight in a civil war in an unnamed West African country. Idris Elba's performance was praised by critics. He was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor and won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.
4 Sometimes in April
Idris Elba stars as Augustin Muganza in the 2005 film Sometimes in April, a drama based on the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He plays a Hutu army officer who, despite his role in perpetrating the violence, ultimately decides to protect a Tutsi family. Elba's performance in the film was praised as "extraordinary" by critics.
3 American Gangster
In the film "American Gangster," Idris Elba played the character Tango. Tango is a key member of Frank Lucas' (played by Denzel Washington) criminal organization. He is portrayed as a loyal and trusted associate of Frank Lucas, assisting him in his illegal activities. Elba's performance as Tango adds an element of intensity and charisma to the character, showcasing his ability to bring complex roles to life.
2 Thor: Ragnarok
Idris Elba starred as Heimdall in Thor: Ragnarok. Heimdall is a character from Norse mythology who is the gatekeeper of Asgard, the realm of the gods. He is a protector and guardian of the gods, and is gifted with the power to see and hear all things that occur in the Nine Realms. He is portrayed as a wise and noble warrior who is loyal to both Odin and Thor.
1 Avengers: Infinity War
Idris Elba portrays Heimdall in Avengers: Infinity War. Heimdall is the guardian of the Bifrost, an interdimensional bridge that connects the Nine Realms. Heimdall is a powerful warrior who has the ability to see into all of the Nine Realms. He is also one of the few Asgardians who is privy to the truth about the Infinity Stones and their power.