Idris Elba is a British television, theatre, and film actor; he has a net worth of $12 million. Idris Elba has earned his net worth by starring in both British and American productions. Elba grew up in Canning Town, East London, and he starred in the soap opera Family Affairs. On television he starred in a variety of roles including Ultraviolet and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries. Elba is well known for his portrayal of Russell "Stringer" Bell, the drug dealer who became a high powered businessman, in HBO's The Wire. In hies music career he is known by the names DJ Big Driis / Big Driis the Londoner, and a hip-hop soul recording artist.