Idris Elba is the boy-done-good from Hackney. So stratospherically good, in fact, that he’s part of the Hollywood A-list, with the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Russell Crowe, Madonna (more about her later) and Sean Penn on his speed dial.
We don’t need an excuse to dowse his dark depths but, as this week sees the release of his latest London-set movie, 100 Streets , it would seem rude not to engage our Witch Twitch.
Despite making a healthy crust from what is essentially pretending to be someone else, the rune stones show Idris has his feet firmly planted in reality. His East End roots run deep and as such provide him with the swagger, style, gritty glamour, and, of course, that distinct vernacular that has helped turn this Newham-born geezer into an international player.
However, our Witch Twitch warns that Idris needs to beware casting directors trying to turn him into a parody – he’s too good an actor for that.
Fortune Favours The Brave
With a name that means Fiery Lord and a numerical birth number that stands for bravery Idris’ star alignment shows there is nothing he cannot master.
It is the drive that has seen him take part in – and win - his first professional kick-boxing bout at the age of 43 at York Hall (cheered on by a ringside Madonna); break the land speed record; pilot an acrobatic plane; design and model his very own men’s clothing collection for Superdry , while dropping the beats as DJ Big Driis, oh, and receiving an OBE for services to drama. But for all his dare-devilry, diversity and dynamism will he ever play Bond? We’ve cast the runes and they say it will come down to The Wire.
Love and Romance
With a couple of failed marriages behind him and his relationship with baby mama Naiyana Garth hitting the rocks earlier this year our guides suggest that long-term romantic unions aren’t necessarily Idris’s strong point. The Tarot shows that when it comes to relationships Idris may be too emotionally detached at times. But that doesn’t stop him from being a consummate flirt. Put a pretty lady under his nose and his charm goes into overdrive. Word of advice though when we say “Lady” we’re referring to someone with grace and elegance.
The way to this man’s heart is to keep it smart, discreet and under wraps. Madonna, are you listening! It’s in the stars that a flirty friendship will blossom into something more meaningful. Be warned though this one will pack a punch and provide our Idris with more thrills than any drag car racing event ever could.
He may be as sharp as his tailoring but underneath it all lays a soul that is in a bit of a two-and-eight. He seeks peace and happiness which will only come when this loner-by-nature allows himself to trust and be open to love.
If he can embrace that side of his character, play that particular role, then he really can have it all.
The Witch of the Wharf is a published writer, regular columnist for The Wharf newspaper and blogger