He’s played a ruthless Baltimore drug dealer and Nelson Mandela. He’s been named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. Now he’s just performed as a DJ at Coachella.
Is there anything Idris Elba can’t do?
The 46-year-old British actor made his debut Saturday night at the music festival in California, spinning house music in his DJ set.
Elba may be best known for his roles on “The Wire” and “Luther,” but he says DJing was his passion long before he started acting.
“I loved the idea of talking about songs, in between songs, and playing the next one,” he told Rolling Stone. “By the time I had an awareness that this could be a job, I definitely wanted to do that.”
Elba started working turntables at weddings and christenings around London as a teenager, according to Rolling Stone. When he moved to New York City in the ‘90s, he picked up gigs wherever he could.
Last year, Elba completed a DJ residency at the nightclub Lío on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza.
As if that isn’t enough, the actor – once rumored to be the next James Bond – also has made his way onto the UK rap scene. Recently he featured on a remix of “Boasty” by UK grime artist Wiley, along with Sean Paul and Stefflon Don.
People at Coachella seemed to be impressed.
Check out his skills for yourself: