I’m Proud Of My Crimewatch Role – Idris Elba Reveals (See Photo)

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    Elba: I’m Proud Of My Crimewatch Role – Reveals See Photo

    The Luther actor will receive a Bafta special award at tonight’s TV event, where winners will accept their gongs virtually.

    The 47-year-old said he was “thankful for the job” when he landed the role of a murderer in a Crimewatch reconstruction scene in the 1990s.

    “It sounds weird but, at the time, getting a job on Crimewatch was the first rung on the ladder,” The Wire star said.

    “A lot of actors don’t like to admit they did Crimewatch but I’m not embarrassed by it.”

    Elba revealed that his favourite role was playing Nelson Mandela in 2013 film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.

    “That brings a lump to my throat. It was an honour to portray him,” he said.

    “I dedicated that role to my dad. He reminded me of Mandela, with his big white hair and infectious smile.”

    Tonight’s special award will be Elba’s first Bafta.

    He was previously nominated for a film prize, for his star turn in the 2015 film Beasts of No Nation.

    Elba recently recovered from coronavirus and said suffering from the virus had a “traumatic” effect on him psychologically.

    The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards air on BBC One at 7pm tonight.

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