"I was homeless. On drugs. Living out of my van." - Idris Elba, age 43, London Sunday Motivation & Inspiration "On Never Forgetting Where You Come From; Be Honest With Yourself" by Idris Elba “I come from Hackney (a suburb of London), not a posh neighborhood, quite the opposite, I was homeless, not ashamed to admit I messed about with drugs. That was me. East Ender. But we made do. I will always identify with where I came from. It made me who I am today.