Since The Wire, the actor has fought against being stereotyped. Now hes addressing the UKs diversity problem with a BBC takeover
Who wants to be that bloke whos ever slamming on about diversity? Not Idris Elba, surely. Its become a bit of a maudlin message, he sorrows. Parties are just like: Oh, stop talking about it. True, the endless reports, broadcaster targets and media image investigations can be gloomy; though, crucially , not nearly as dull as yet another cosy British point drama or all-male panel show. And so, in January last year, big-time Hollywood actor Idris Elba was persuaded to give a boring( his name) discussion at the Houses of Parliament. At the occurrence, arranged by Labour politician Oona King, he called for a change of mindset among broadcasters.
Elba wants to make clear that the communication was given under some duress. Oona certainly attracted me by the scruff of the cervix and was like: Get up there and say it! he replies. She pushed me to return even further and, yknow, Oona is one of the most powerful people I know, and very persuasive. He laughter, uttering the bassy scream of a cockney grandee. Exceedingly credible.