British actor Idris Elba a.k.a Luther, has described his OBE for services to drama “beyond special”. The 43-year-old was among the few who made it on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
Commenting on the royal award, Elba said “Awards and honours come in all shapes and sizes and all as significant as the other. But this is beyond special as it comes from Queen and country, and I couldn’t be more proud for receiving this right now. What a year. On me head son”.
The actor has had a colourful year following his two Golden Globe nominations for his roles in the hit BBC drama he is well-known for, Luther, and Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation. What many will remember however is the speculation and controversy that surrounded the actor in regards to him being next in line to play James Bond.
Writer of the latest 007 novel (Trigger Mortis) Anthony Horowitz was quoted in The Daily as describing Elba as being “too street” for Bond. This caused a global outpour of outrage, with some calling for the writer to explain what he means exactly by “too street”.
The author later apologised on Twitter and then again in a public appearance in Manchester’s Central Library at the preview of the Manchester Literature Festival 2015. He told TNT that his comments about Elba were “a stupid choice of words and I’m very very sorry I said it”.
Hardly getting worked-up, Elba posted a screenshot of the corresponding article on his Instagram page citing, “Always keep smiling. It takes no energy and never hurts. Learned that from the Street”.
Elba also has a successful music career and is a renowned DJ. He opened for Madonna on her Rebel Heart tour in Germany in 2015 and has performed at the Glastonbury festival. He also launched a clothing line with Superdry.