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Idrissa Akuna Elba OBE (born 6 September 1972) is an English actor, writer, producer, rapper, singer, songwriter and DJ. He is known for roles including Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire, DCI John Luther in the BBC One series Luther, and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013). He has been nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, winning one, and was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award.
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Idris Elba responds to criticism after not calling himself a ‘black actor’

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with Esquire UK where Elba said that he had stopped describing himself as a “black actor” since it limited his career. The “Cats” actor said it is “really difficult” for celebrities to have an opinion according to a new interview with The Guardian.

Explaining that his words were “overly scrutinized, taken out of context” and “thrown into some sort of bulls–t, zeitgeisty social media argument.”“Me saying I don’t like to call myself a Black actor is my prerogative.

That’s me, not you,” said Elba, 50.”So for you to turn around and say to me, I’m ‘denying my Blackness.’ On what grounds? Did you hear that?

Where am I denying it? And what for? It’s just stupid. Whatever.”While speaking with Esquire, the “Luther” actor said “As humans, we are obsessed with race.

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