Idris Elba quotes

Born
6 September 1972, Hackney, London, England.

Occupation
Actor.

Idris Elba is a English actor.

I would never be fearful of any character.
– Idris Elba
I love bikes. I used to own one, but I fell off it when I was younger and that was the end of my bike riding days until now.
– Idris Elba
It’s actually quite criminal how ‘The Wire’ was systematically ignored.
– Idris Elba
I wasn’t bad at school, but I was never a bookworm.
– Idris Elba
I don’t get recognised that much yet in London, but when I do I get a real sense of achievement.
– Idris Elba
There’s the argument that you can relate to someone who’s completely unrelatable. In the way that a director shows you his imagination on a film, then I get to show you my imagination in a big dumb character.
– Idris Elba
I’m rebelling against being handed a career, like, ‘You’re the next this; you’re the next that.’ I’m not the next anything, I’m the first me. I can’t be myself, I can’t just be Idris Elba. But that’s just the nature of the business.
– Idris Elba
Not obsessed with particularly Nike, but sneakers in general. I love them.
– Idris Elba
The only thing I change mainly is my sneakers. I love sneakers. But everything’s sort of black or jeans. Jeans, always.
– Idris Elba
I was into Spider Man when I was a kid and that was the only comic I’ve ever read.
– Idris Elba
You watch yourself age and it’s hard to feel like a sex symbol.
– Idris Elba
I’ve never had to explain ‘Prometheus’ to people, ever. Most people get it.
– Idris Elba
I knew that if I wanted to be all I could be, I would have to go to the U.S. It took three years to get the accent right.
– Idris Elba
I’m tactile, very tactile. A woman who has really nice, looked-after skin is such a turn-on for me. It’s always sexy.
– Idris Elba
Every leading lady I work with, I’ll see if I can get a song out of them and put it on an album.
– Idris Elba
I still sing on bits and pieces. Singing’s something that I love to do, but it’s not something that I pursue as a career.
– Idris Elba
I’ve always had ambition, and the acting was successful and put my name on the map, but it was never the plan to stop there.
– Idris Elba
There’s a fast-track if you can do the networking. For some personalities it works, but for mine it doesn’t.
– Idris Elba
I have one of these bodies. When I was younger, I could never put weight on, and now that I’m a little older, there’s a natural sort of chubbiness coming. But honestly, if I work out for a week, it drops off in no time.
– Idris Elba
It’s really funny because the same people who loved me as Stringer Bell were the same people that were watching ‘Daddy’s Little Girls’ literally in tears.
– Idris Elba
Are there differences between black actors’ opportunities and white actors’ opportunities? Yes, there are. It’s been said.
– Idris Elba
The English are good at bad guys – the James Bond-style villain, cunning, slow-burning. The Americans are much more obvious about it.
– Idris Elba
Twenty or 30 years from now, I’m going to be on a beach in Jamaica.
– Idris Elba
People expect me to be that guy. But I’m more east London boy than east Baltimore.
– Idris Elba
It could be Grammy night, Oscar night, whatever – I don’t feel the pressure to be there.
– Idris Elba
In some countries, no one knows who Idris Elba is.
– Idris Elba
As an actor, you’re trained to do the right thing, be politically correct, say your lines, say the right thing about the people you’re working with.
– Idris Elba
Whether it’s music or acting, that creativity all comes from the same source.
– Idris Elba
When I was a kid, I thought it was tough.
– Idris Elba
I love to play different roles. That’s just the kind of actor I am.
– Idris Elba