Brit Pack News
Jan 16, 2012
He's been patiently perfecting his craft for a while now. Paying his dues by appearing in music videos, then onto romantic comedies and action-packed dramas.
Turning up humble and grateful to Hollywood award shows, thankful to just be nominated amongst his respected peers.
But isn't it ironic that after years on the American big screen, Idris Elba finally received his first major award for a British programme. Ironic but fitting nevertheless.
Elba won the Golden Globe award for 'Best actor in a TV miniseries or movie' for 'Luther' at the weekend, and he joined fellow Brit Kate Winslet who snagged the female equivalent award for her performance in 'Mildred Pierce'.
The list of successful British actors/actresses in Hollywood is growing. Colin Firth and Helen Mirren are now household names here but surprisingly neither one made the list of the most powerful British film stars and movie-makers in Hollywood, complied by the UK Film Council.
Granted, to make the grade actors must have had significant roles in films with a box office haul of at least 500 million pounds, but if the criteria had been sheer respect and love from film-goers Elba would have surely topped the list.
Maybe he will after his next big role - playing Nelson Mandela in this summer's 'Long Walk to Freedom'.
Here are the top 10 British money-makers in Hollywood:
Orlando Bloom - Lord of the Rings trilogy, three Pirates of the Caribbean films, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven: £2.64 billion
Ian McKellen - Lord of the Rings trilogy, X Men trilogy, Da Vinci Code: £2.33 billion
Christopher Lee - two Lord of the Rings films, two Star Wars films, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: £1.86 billion
Daniel Radcliffe/Emma Watson/Rupert Grint - four Harry Potter films: £1.75 billion
Bernard Hill - two Lord of the Rings films, The Scorpion King, Gothika: £1.16 billion
Ewan McGregor - two Star Wars films, Robots, Moulin Rouge, The Island, Black Hawk Down: £1.12 billion
Keira Knightley - two Pirates of the Caribbean films, Love Actually, King Arthur: £1.07 billion
Sean Bean - Lord of the Rings, Troy, National Treasure and Flight Plan: £956 million
Brian Cox - Troy, X Men, two of the Bourne trilogy, The Ring: £813 million
Ralph Fiennes - one Harry Potter film, Red Dragon, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Maid in Manhattan: £713 million