Idrissa Akuna Elba was born on September 6, 1972, in the Hackney section of East London, England. An only child of Sierra Leonean and Ghanaian descent, Elba eventually attended the National Youth Music Theatre's training programs. Idris Elba is a British television, theatre & film actor who has starred in projects in both the UK & US. He is the only child to a father from Sierra Leone and mother from Ghana. This is his official fan page. Idrissa Akuna Elba Biography and Profile.