Idris Elba Wins 1st Kick Boxing Fight
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Afterward, he posed backstage.
Earlier this month, he shared his excitement about the sport.
It has been my dream to fight in a ring properly. It is not fake, I might get hurt but ultimately I have trained for it and I like to fight.
I’ve busted my nose a couple of times but hopefully it doesn’t show. Keeping fit is important to me as part of my work and I always used to train back in the day as just a kickboxer before I was acting and now I am on this massive journey.
His latest fight will be part of his docu-series on the Discovery Channel called Idris Elba: Fighter. The limited series will follow Elba as,
He [will] undertake the physically and mentally demanding task of training to become a professional kickboxer — ultimately competing against a seasoned brawler in a no-holds-barred bout.
The three-part series will air in 2017.
Idrissa Akuna “Idris” Elba is known for playing drug baron Russell “Stringer” Bell on the HBO series The Wire, Detective John Luther on the BBC One series Luther, and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. He has been nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film, winning one, and was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award.Elba has appeared in films such as Ridley Scott’s American Gangster (2007), Takers (2010), Thor (2011), Prometheus (2012), Pacific Rim (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Beasts of No Nation (2015, for which he received BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor). He also voiced Chief Bogo in Zootopia (2016), Shere Khan in The Jungle Book (2016), and Fluke in Finding Dory (2016). He will make his directorial debut in late 2016 with an adaptation of 1992 novel Yardie by Victor Headley. In addition to his acting work, Elba is a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis (or Big Driis the Londoner) and hip hop soul musician.