Where are they now? Idris Elba and more
HBO has released many successful series over the years, but few can compete with Thread in terms of critical acclaim and fan enthusiasm.
The crime drama set in Baltimore, which aired from 2002 to 2008, was repeatedly named one of the best television shows of all time, and the former president barack obama said it was his favorite show. Thread was only nominated for two Emmys during its run, winning neither, but some observers consider it one of the biggest snubs in awards show history.
Although the series has been off the air for some time, some cast members have said that they are still frequently recognized for their roles. “I thought, at the time, that nobody paid much attention to it”, Isiah Whitlock Jr.who played corrupt state senator Clay Davis, said The Guardian in March 2018. “More people recognize me on the show than they ever have. I meet people who have just seen it and they want to tell me about it. I have to tell them that was 10 years ago.
Idris Elbe, who played Russell “Stringer” Bell, credited the show with catapulting his career to a different level. He had appeared in films and television series before his turn in the first three seasons of Threadbut he was not yet a leading man.
“Nothing gave me more work than Threadnothing”, the Prometheus the actor said The Scottish in February 2010. “It had a very, very slow drip effect, it’s only now Luther.” (Elba landed the lead role in the BBC crime drama Luther Two years later Thread aired its final episode.)
When the show originally aired, it was praised for its realistic look at what happens in the halls of power, with each season focusing on a different part of town: the police department, the newspaper , the school system, etc. Co-creator Ed Burns points to this realism as one of the reasons the series still has such staying power.
“This show will live forever, because what it tries to portray will be there forever,” said the former detective. The New York Times in May 2022. “It’s getting worse and worse. That’s all. And it expands; it’s not just an urban thing anymore. It’s everywhere.”
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