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Idris Elba: ‘I used work to exorcise my demons’
The actor was working as a bouncer when he got a small part in a new show called The Wire. Two decades on, he’s a blockbuster fixture. The Suicide Squad star talks about fighting for his big break, losing his dad, and why acting helped him out of a ‘dark, weird junction’

Tom Lamont

24, Jul, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Nikki Amuka-Bird: ‘I’ve found my voice’
From Jane Austen’s Persuasion to sci-fi comedies and action thrillers, Nikki Amuka-Bird is driven by strong characters. The actor talks about mourning her mum, colour-blind casting and being inspired by Helen McCrory

Rebecca Nicholson

17, Jul, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Is Luther not black enough if he doesn’t eat jerk chicken? | Kenan Malik
Criticism of Idris Elba’s TV character highlights the growing division between identity and perceived authenticity

Kenan Malik

18, Apr, 2021 @6:00 AM

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We need a proper debate about TV diversity, instead we get ludicrous arguments | Ellen E Jones
The BBC’s head of creative diversity made a valid point about Idris Elba’s Luther. That’s not how it was reported, says film and TV writer Ellen E Jones

Ellen E Jones

16, Apr, 2021 @1:57 PM

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Bertie Carvel: 'I like playing characters who are massively chipped'
The star of Doctor Foster and The Pale Horse on how becoming a father changed his life, and why he relishes roles that come with a “deliberate flaw”

Sarah Hughes

26, Oct, 2020 @1:08 PM

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Luther (van) dross: how Idris Elba’s show lost its grit
By the time series five debuted, the cop drama got cringey with its psychosexual themes

Hannah J Davies

08, Apr, 2019 @12:00 PM

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BBC boss mocks Netflix's The Crown viewing figures
Tony Hall says BBC’s Luther and Bodyguard reached bigger audiences with smaller budgets

Jim Waterson

07, Mar, 2019 @5:10 PM

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The week in TV: Les Miserables; Luther; Doctor Who; Raymond Briggs and more
Les Misérables was glorious, Raymond Briggs was all heart, and Ben Stiller’s new drama series kept this critic up all night

Euan Ferguson

06, Jan, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Ruth Wilson’s gleeful villainy makes must-see TV of Luther | Rebecca Nicholson
Alice Morgan is one of the all-time great TV baddies. Without the psychopath-superhero, the show felt slow and tawdry

Rebecca Nicholson

05, Jan, 2019 @3:30 PM

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Farewell Luther, fitfully brilliant, occasionally terrible … and as tense as TV can get
Idris Elba’s rogue cop has surely been stripped of his coat for good this time – he should be left alone now

Stuart Heritage

04, Jan, 2019 @10:00 PM

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Luther review – the maverick, the minion and the pincushion
The solid old-fashioned whodunnit kicked off its fifth series with some organised crime and disorganised serial-killing

Lucy Mangan

01, Jan, 2019 @10:00 PM

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Luther: back with a web of mischief, diamonds and a turkey skewer
After a disappointing last season, Idris Elba’s DCI arrives in preposterous form, kicking in doors and looking a bit vacant

Fiona Sturges

29, Dec, 2018 @11:00 AM

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