But Elba also moonlights as Driis, a singer/writer/producer/DJ who has quietly built a solid performance career over the years and just nabbed his most headline-making gig yet: Opening for Madonna on her Rebel Heart tour stop at Berlin, Germany's Mercedes-Benz Arena on Tuesday (Nov. 10).
And if that seems like it came outta nowhere to you, we understand. DJ Driis isn't fully mainstream... yet.
A quick primer:
Watch his "Private Garden" video.
This is the lone member of the Driis Vevo page, and it was made four years ago. And it's impossible to stop watching.
Ibiza Rocks 2013 was a happy host for his table-turning skills.
Here he is in D'Banj's "Shadow Boxxer."
Idris knows that not everyone is expecting his lyrical prowess just yet, but he's ready to change that.
"People aren't really open-minded to hearing an actor rap, or an actor doing music. They're kind of like, 'Oh mate, stick to your lane,'" He said to Capital XTRA in August.
Elba joins a growing list of talent who's joined Madge's international tour -- including Rejjie Snow, Mary Mac and actress Jessica Chastain.