Sunday February 23, 2020

Arts Interview: To the Mandela born

Idris Elba thougt his agent was joking when he asked him to play Nelson Mandela, but now the English actor, well known for his parts in The Wire and Luther, is tipped for an Oscar for his performance as the inspirational leader, writes James Mottram.

22nd December, 2013
Idris Elba: says his decision to play Nelson Mandela has continued to influence him. Picture: Getty

It's late October when I meet Idris Elba. Dressed in a denim shirt, jeans and a navy woollen cap, the English actor's 6ft 2"

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