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Webchat with IDRIS ELBA: Thursday 19th December, 1-2pm

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 17-Dec-13 17:00:34

We're delighted to end 2013 by welcoming Golden Globe winner Idris Elba to Mumsnet HQ on Thursday 19th December between 1.00 and 2.00pm to answer your questions.

Idris is best known for his portrayal of Russell 'Stringer' Bell in The Wire and later as Detective John Luther in BBC One's Luther. On January 3rd Idris is back on the big screen playing Nelson Mandela in the highly anticipated MANDELA LONG WALK TO FREEDOM for which he is has recently been nominated as ‘Best Actor’ for his portrayal of Mandela at the 2014 Golden Globes.

MANDELA was made with the full support and endorsement of Mr Mandela, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. Mr Mandela entrusted his life story to South African producer Anant Singh in the face of fierce competition from the major international studios. Singh spent 16 years developing the film, teaming up with David Thompson and finally commencing principal photography of this UK-South African coproduction in May 2012.

Come and chat to Idris on Thursday at 1.00pm and to find out more about the new film and his other work. If you're unable to join us please post a question in advance to this thread.

Pagwatch Tue 17-Dec-13 17:08:30

Really?

Really really?

<faints>

TensionWheelsCoolHeels Tue 17-Dec-13 17:11:34

shock Really? How on earth did you swing this MNHQ?

HoHolepew Tue 17-Dec-13 17:11:38

OH MY GOD!!!! shock

TensionWheelsCoolHeels Tue 17-Dec-13 17:12:00

I'm too stunned to even think of a question. shock

HoHolepew Tue 17-Dec-13 17:12:23

I'm at work you gits <plans sick day>

TensionWheelsCoolHeels Tue 17-Dec-13 17:13:22

I'm actually off sick grin I do have a chest infection do not actually that much fun but this'll fairly perk me up!

Suddengeekgirl Tue 17-Dec-13 17:14:16

Wow! shock

Will have to think of a question now! smile

Pagwatch Tue 17-Dec-13 17:15:13

I thought it was interesting that Idris based his performance of Mr Mandela in later life upon his father.
Was that helpful - to make the man seem more accessible and human when he had become so very much larger than life?
It must have been an incredibly challenging role.

<<faints again>>

HoHolepew Tue 17-Dec-13 17:16:22

Ok. I'll compose myself.

Hi Idris, is there going to be a Luther film or is it a rumour? Is there definitely no more tv episodes?

It's a crying shame if there isn't. The last one scared the life out of me fshock. I loved it grin.

Pagwatch Tue 17-Dec-13 17:17:51

Oh good grief. I have to take DD to get a swimming costume fitted.
Could you ask him my question and perhaps faint for me?
I would do it with elegance of course and it would render me incredibly attractive.

JingleHumps Tue 17-Dec-13 17:18:04

Zomgzomgzomg! So can we temporarily suspend normal MN rules so I can leave the DC in a playpen in front of the telly so I can <faints> web chat?

Allice Tue 17-Dec-13 17:20:12

Oh my, I've come over all unnecessary at the thought of him, he's beautiful.

KnottyLocks Tue 17-Dec-13 17:23:01

WOT? I'll be at work!

<huffs>

OhBuggerandArse Tue 17-Dec-13 17:23:03

I can't think of a question, I just want to watch him being beautiful. Can't you live stream it, MNHQ?

gaggiagirl Tue 17-Dec-13 17:23:55

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat!

I'll just ask him my questions tonight when he comes home....to me....his wife. Honest.

that might have been a lie
I shall be too busy swooning to communicate with him.

ZombieSanta Tue 17-Dec-13 17:24:08

Oh my God.

Oh my God.

MNHQ? I love you.

Anyway...questions...

Did you ever scare yourself when filming Luther?

Are you aware how amazing and handsome you are!

(After a google, I realised that technically he's double my age. Wow.)

MacaYoniandCheese Tue 17-Dec-13 17:25:22

Oh my God!!! Really?

Christmas came early this year! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Idris is my screen saver grin.

I'll be back with a sensible question shortly. Watch this space.

MrsDeVere Tue 17-Dec-13 17:26:44

Idris, do you remember when you were filming in Walthamstow?
Tell them it was true.
THEY don't believe me.

MacaYoniandCheese Tue 17-Dec-13 17:27:26

Ooh, live streaming. Yes! Or even just a voice recording. Can you ask him to say "Allllice" in that deep, gravelly voice?

MacaYoniandCheese Tue 17-Dec-13 17:28:01

That wasn't my sensible question, btw.

shock is this a joke ?
Like the Kate Middleton web chat [suspicious]

PatTheHammer Tue 17-Dec-13 17:34:49

Hi Idris, what is your own opinion of the character Stringer Bell. Flawed business genius......or just a downright nasty piece of work?
Also, favourite season of The Wire is a hotly debated topic on MN. Do you a have a favourite season?

Don't care if this is a wind- up as I've been dying to ask anyone involved in The Wire these questions for years!

RandallFloyd Tue 17-Dec-13 17:40:45

Be still my beating ovaries.

(We're going to have to practise our game faces seriously hard or this one is going to read like a bunch of hormonal teenagers trying have an intellectual debate with One Direction.)

MrsVaughnRice Tue 17-Dec-13 17:45:50

Can I just say how much I loved Ultraviolet. I know it was a short series and years and years ago, and you just hung about brooding and looking butch for most of the time, but the scene where your character got trapped in a warehouse full of vampire coffins is one of my favourite ever.

Oh and I loved Pacific Rim as well. You can come back for the sequel as an android/zombie/computer avatar can't you? Pretty please?

IslaValargeone Tue 17-Dec-13 17:46:24

Can I volunteer for work experience at MNHQ on Thursday?
I make good tea, bake great cakes and Idris if you read this, I am hot as hell and available.

ZombieSanta Tue 17-Dec-13 17:57:32

MrsDeVere

Walthamstow?

He came to Walthmastow?

Wow.

This gets better and better. I recently moved out. So I might have been a matter of a mile away or so from IDRIS ELBA?

MrsDeVere Tue 17-Dec-13 17:59:39

He did.
I snuck out of work.
Just to watch.
blush

jonicomelately Tue 17-Dec-13 17:59:44

And a Merry Christmas to you too MNHQ grin

AnandaTimeIn Tue 17-Dec-13 18:00:28

Oh, yum! ;-)

JaneMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 17-Dec-13 18:00:48

Cannot BELIEVE this is taking place while I'm off on maternity leave! fenvy

Stringer Bell was an amazing character in my favourite drama of all time. PatTheHammer season 4 in the school was my favourite. But then 1, 3 and 5 were brilliant too anything but season 2 in the port.

HepsiBaubleMistletoes Tue 17-Dec-13 18:02:28

<faints>

I so would. No further questions.

<faints again>

<dreams>

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MacaYoniandCheese Tue 17-Dec-13 18:27:48

Dear Idris,

I'm having a great deal of trouble with playing it cool trying to come up with a proper question but just want to tell you that my husband does a wicked impersonation of you (as Luther) grin.

Did you do any special, law-enforcement related preparation for your role as Luther?

Do you ever Google image yourself and just...admire?

sickofsocalledexperts Tue 17-Dec-13 18:40:40

Lots of pictures of his visit please!

I have a T shirt with "All in the game, yo" on.

But I would like to ask what his favourite line from The Wire was, whether his own or another character's?

startwig1982 Tue 17-Dec-13 18:56:08

Oh my days!! I have to sit down for a little bit to recover. smile

Did you find it hard playing Mandela-such an inspiration to so many people?

Would you like to pop round for a cup of tea any time? grin

PatTheHammer Tue 17-Dec-13 19:07:28

Janemumsnet- I too hate season 2 with a passion!
Season 3 and 4 rock in my opinion. Omar, Stringer and The Bunk are all in equal place as my favourite characters.

IslaValargeone Tue 17-Dec-13 19:11:17

jane meh to maternity leave. Unless your baby is crowning surely you'll be popping into the office to pick up something you forgot?

Womnaleplus Tue 17-Dec-13 19:17:24

WAH

What do you think of Mumsnet, Idris?

You know we can post images now, right? Will you do us an mn we chat selfie?

Pretty pretty oh so pretty please?

Womnaleplus Tue 17-Dec-13 19:17:58

Gah - webchat selfie obviously.

Too excited to think of an actual question.....

Will return when I've pulled myself together

Wishfulmakeupping Tue 17-Dec-13 19:22:26

Really?!

HavantGuard Tue 17-Dec-13 19:27:34

<sits and waits>

TensionWheelsCoolHeels Tue 17-Dec-13 20:01:46

Jane, I'd be thinking of having a KIT day with my employer on Thursday if I was you wink

MrsTiggywinklesDiaries Tue 17-Dec-13 20:12:54

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BIWI Tue 17-Dec-13 20:41:36

grin

BIWI Tue 17-Dec-13 20:41:50

I could ask him about low carbing, I suppose?

KnottyLocks Tue 17-Dec-13 20:50:00

Idris, have you ever considered learning to crochet as I happen to know someone who is just a most excellent teacher of this woolly art?

fsmile

I cannot think of a single sensible question. I may faint.

Okay, pulling myself together...

My husband and I loved Luther. I nearly fell off the sofa when you told someone to call New York and check with Detective Munch. All one universe.

Anyway...um...

::flails::

Ledkr Tue 17-Dec-13 21:09:17

<strolls calmly onto thread>
Oh hello Idris, lovely if you to join us.
I watched the entire box set if the wire whilst cultivating my last baby. I wasn't keen on your character I much preferred Omar. grin
we loved Luther, we did find some if the story a bit far fetched, such as being able to track down a cars whereabouts purely from a description eg, brown car.......oh yes that's at this multi story in George street.
So my question is this? Are you still DJ ing and are you planning to do a set in Cheltenham again? Last time my idiot sons saw you but didn't tell me so I missed it.
I have not spoken to then since so you would be healing a family rift. (That bits not true but I'm still a bit cross)
Oh by the way <starts to lose composure> my number is...

CustardoPaidforIDSsYFronts Tue 17-Dec-13 21:19:39

Idris

Marry me

HoHolepew Tue 17-Dec-13 21:24:25

Can I ask another question? Just in case nobody joins the chat and there is a shortage grin.

What do you think about the use the of word bitch/es being used in so many dance/rap/hip hop lyrics?

Also what is your favourite ever sobg. Mine is 17 Days by Prince in case you're interested probably not.

Ledkr Tue 17-Dec-13 21:24:52

idris custardo is a man!

CustardoPaidforIDSsYFronts Tue 17-Dec-13 21:24:59

Idris

What is your favourite biscuit
why don't you bring me thanks anymore?
chocolate cake or carrot cake
brew tea or brew coffee

wine or pint

Ledkr Tue 17-Dec-13 21:25:42

So are all the other mumsnetters.

Ledkr Tue 17-Dec-13 21:26:22

All men, all if them.

CustardoPaidforIDSsYFronts Tue 17-Dec-13 21:26:31

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Idris were you aware of your ability to turn mumsnetters into mush before all the insightful questions or are you only now becoming aware of what you've let yourself in for? fgrin

Ooh, I have loads of questions but shall restrict myself;

Which role have you enjoyed playing most and why?

What made you decide to be an actor, dahling? <<<<<technically a follow up

<has a touch of the vapours>

CustardoPaidforIDSsYFronts Tue 17-Dec-13 21:27:57

Idris,

call me custy - now we have got to know each other so well

Ledkr Tue 17-Dec-13 21:28:43

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CustardoPaidforIDSsYFronts Tue 17-Dec-13 21:28:59

serious question

How good is your northern accent?

Its quite important

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CustardoPaidforIDSsYFronts Tue 17-Dec-13 21:30:06

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CustardoPaidforIDSsYFronts Tue 17-Dec-13 21:31:29

I can see one of the papers picking this up y'know and these quotes being in

would be hilarious

<pitches tent outside MN Towers>

<fails to think of suitable question>

<fans self>

Ledkr Tue 17-Dec-13 21:34:10

iddy my husband (who I'm only with for the money and would dump in a flash) asked me to ask you who would win in a fight, Luther or Stringer?

Boring question:
Do you have any Christmas traditions?

Trying to think of a cool DJ question, but I'm incredibly uncool.

CustardoPaidforIDSsYFronts Tue 17-Dec-13 21:35:41

stringer i reckn - great question Ledkr

Ledkr Tue 17-Dec-13 21:40:55

Thanks custy old chap!

CustardoPaidforIDSsYFronts Tue 17-Dec-13 21:41:55

Idris,

I read that you went to Mandela's isolated cell and you thought there were ghosts/spririts about

are you generally a believer of what we Mnetters would call all things 'Woo'

Pan Tue 17-Dec-13 21:44:49

Idris - seeing you is like looking in a mirror.

Come and give us a post on Dadsnet please. HQ will direct you there.

What's it like for you being a dad?

HopAlongOnItsOnlyChristmas Tue 17-Dec-13 21:45:40

<fans self with empty mince pie box>

Idris, what have you asked Santa to bring you this year?

(If it was a rampaging horde of flustered, breathless mumsnetters, it would appear that you have been a very good boy this year. )

Pan Tue 17-Dec-13 21:49:20

<suspects my question will be the only parenting-related question amongst this thick swamp of hormones, so that must be worth something on, you know, a parenting website.....smile>

How did you audition for the part of Mandela,if you did,and what were you doing when you found out you had got the role?

iklboo Tue 17-Dec-13 21:54:42

<tries to think of highbrow, intelligent, non-rude question. Fails for a bit>.

What would be your dream role - or have you already played it?

Can I be the Desdemona to your Othello? I got vair nice reviews for my am dram role in The Odd Couple (ok, it was only the local paper).

MikeChristmasTreeIsLit Tue 17-Dec-13 22:09:14

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Pan Tue 17-Dec-13 22:33:22

ooh yes I'll be working on Thursday, Idris, so maybe do a thread in Dadsnet, and drop me a PM and we can catch up later.
grin

Ok I have a serious question.

Idris, if you had to snog one of them, who would you choose. Chris Hemsworth or Tom Hiddleston?

RubyRR Wed 18-Dec-13 08:34:33

Does emergency leave allow for time off for webchats?

itsblackoveryonderhill Wed 18-Dec-13 08:46:27

Idris, I would like to ask you a question...

How surreal did it make you feel that on the UK premiere of Long Walk to Freedom, the announcement came that Nelson Mandela had passed away? Did it make you feel, 'well that is my lifes' work of portraying a true character'?

oh and can you come round my house to teach my DH the suaveness and 'the look' that you're doing in the pic that MNHQ have put up, my DH wouldn't know what has hit him [me] if he learnt such skills

MikeChristmasTreeIsLit Wed 18-Dec-13 08:56:08

Oh dear. I think I have a cold coming (cough cough)

Looks like I may have to take a day off tomorrow.

We are badly disgracing ourselves. Truly.

Someone must have a serious question for the man!

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 18-Dec-13 09:24:02

Lots of great questions here but, ahem, there are a few comments here which transgress the line we feel and which we are going to delete. Fully understand the excitement but we do need to keep webchats polite and on the rails as per the guidelines.

Sorry to be spoilsports - feel free to repost your question in slightly less x-rated fashion if you've been zapped (but only one question each, remember).

Amrapaali Wed 18-Dec-13 09:24:33

Idris, you grew up in east London. Do you often go back and revisit your childhood haunts? Do you think East ham or Hackney has changed for the better, especially after the Olympics? All I can see is a wealth gap widening...

Oh and ignore the hormonal pantings over the last two pages. We are a good bunch, honest we are.... now if I could just reach out and stroke that french beard

fgrin

Amrapaali Wed 18-Dec-13 09:27:03

Yes, behave the lot of you!! fangry

We don't want to be in the news again for all the wrong reasons. Any publicity is good publicity, but even so.... fgrin

SconeForAStroll Wed 18-Dec-13 09:33:07

I can't believe GetOrf hasn't found this thread yet!

HopAlongOnItsOnlyChristmas Wed 18-Dec-13 09:44:31

(any one else having a bit of smirk at the mental image of the queue for the bathroom mirror at about 12.30 at MNHQ tomorrow?)

Theonlyoneiknow Wed 18-Dec-13 09:44:32

GUTTED!!! I have a Christmas lunch. Shall I sacrifice a four course (free) lunch for Idris grin

Mignonette Wed 18-Dec-13 09:45:05

Hi there-

What film and book are you looking forward to watching/reading?
Who was your favourite actor growing up- if you had one?

Loving the work and I'm keeping it clean wink.

Theonlyoneiknow Wed 18-Dec-13 09:46:28

Are you doing any DJ gigs in the near future?

What is your favourite track, guaranteed to get your arms in the air and on the dancefloor?

MikeChristmasTreeIsLit Wed 18-Dec-13 09:47:26

Delete one of the goos questions so I can ask it.

Since you deleted my original one ill do a clean version.

MikeChristmasTreeIsLit Wed 18-Dec-13 09:48:28

idris Alice or Mary? Who do you think Luther should have picked?

Message deleted by Mumsnet for being too rude blush

AmazingDisgrace Wed 18-Dec-13 10:45:41

Do you think Stringer Bell respected McNulty?
Please could you marry me? The current Mr Disgrace has kindly offered to give me away

dottyaboutstripes Wed 18-Dec-13 11:08:37

Hi Idris, don't suppose you have any Welsh in you and that's where your name's from? We'd be glad to adopt you as our own (and yes, of course I speak for the whole Welsh nation grin)

ClausIsTrulyReal Wed 18-Dec-13 11:20:36

I'll bet you get fed up with being asked stuff.

Would you like to ask us something, instead?

[thoughtful]

holstenlips Wed 18-Dec-13 11:50:37

Hi Idris . Do you work out? :-D

Crumblemum Wed 18-Dec-13 12:19:18

I heard a rumour that you might be the first black James Bond. Sounds like a good idea to me (although my favourite James Bond was Roger Moore, so I might not be the best judge), what would you say if offered the part?

Hanginggardenofboobylon Wed 18-Dec-13 12:35:13

As you can see from the reaction on here to your presence at MN Towers you tend to get us ladies (and some men no doubt) a little <Ahem> hot under the collar - MN loves you Idris!

My question is: There are of course many stories in the press about you becoming a dad again, you already have a daughter, what have you found the hardest thing about being a parent?

MsGee Wed 18-Dec-13 12:52:25

Hello Idris,

I fancy you a lot enjoy your work, particularly The Wire and Luther.

However, I cannot quite watch the Private Garden video without being a bit hmm Was it 100% serious?

MsGee x (I assume that if I do this I can say that I have kissed you, yes?)

KristiABoard Wed 18-Dec-13 14:04:20

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JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 18-Dec-13 14:24:29

HopAlongOnItsOnlyChristmas

(any one else having a bit of smirk at the mental image of the queue for the bathroom mirror at about 12.30 at MNHQ tomorrow?)

Gonna need a lot of slap as it's our office party tonight. Terrible timing.

HECTheHeraldAngelsSing Wed 18-Dec-13 14:44:38

Message deleted by Mumsnet for blush reasons. Keep it clean please fsmile

Ledkr Wed 18-Dec-13 14:48:34

Serves you right justine I hope you all look haggard and ten years older tomorrow!
Lucky cows.
If he doesn't respond to my questions I shall take to my bed for many years like a Bronte character.

Ledkr Wed 18-Dec-13 14:50:56

scone age most definitely has found it as she text me, I think she's in her way to camp outside mnhq.

FairyJen Wed 18-Dec-13 14:52:03

My question is for MNHQ. Just how much sabotage is currently taking place to ensure you are the one sat with him??

Any full on fist fights yet? grin

HECTheHeraldAngelsSing Wed 18-Dec-13 14:54:17

blush sorry.

I am simply very happy that he is going to be here. grin

Are / were the rumours true about you being a possible Dr Who? Were you approached? If not, would you do it if you were?

Mignonette Wed 18-Dec-13 14:54:32

But i have the mind of a guttersnipe wink.

Amrapaali Wed 18-Dec-13 15:02:11

Ooooh, MNHQ are on the ball. Boom! bang! Pow! I can just picture you all blowing imaginary smoke from forefinger guns...

But really, you HAVE to let Idris know the adoration that is going on. It is only fair.

HopAlongOnItsOnlyChristmas Wed 18-Dec-13 15:43:00

JustineMN so there's a chance a few of you could still be a bit tipsy at 1pm tomorrow?

We've got our secret santa exchange then, think I'm going to have to skip it!

Ledkr Wed 18-Dec-13 15:52:50

I can't even remember why I was deleted.
I shall continue to conduct myself like the lady that I am.
<falls over laughing>

MrsDeVere Wed 18-Dec-13 16:03:30

Idris
Are you doing panto this year?

Ledkr Wed 18-Dec-13 16:04:49

Oh no he isn't grin

JingleHumps Wed 18-Dec-13 16:07:22

He's behind you in your very best dreams

MrsDeVere Wed 18-Dec-13 16:12:08

Did I tell you all I saw him?
Did I?

Idris remembers...

Ledkr Wed 18-Dec-13 16:25:09

Yes mrs D to told us <sighs bitterly>
Did I tell you that he was in my actual town and my useless sons didn't tell me for fear of a group of middle aged women (attractive ones Idris) turning up at the club in their finery.
They get a lot less for Christmas since I can tell you.

MrsDeVere Wed 18-Dec-13 16:31:50

He looked at me.

Beehatch Wed 18-Dec-13 16:38:04

I'd just like to claim this as a humongous small victory - Idris was my suggestion when MNHQ polled us for webchat victims ideas some time ago. Thanks MNHQ glad to see you were listening to good sense grin

Idris - have you ever watched 'Ivor the engine', and do you feel you have any points in common with your namesake Idris the dragon?

guineapiglet Wed 18-Dec-13 16:38:37

Can I add my name to the list of adoring fans? fgrin

Loved Pacific Rim, but then I am a huge fan of yourself and a certain Mr Hunnam - any plans to star in any more action type movies, - did you enjoy making it, and can we look forward to more?
WHen?
Where?
Etc.

Still miss Luther's coat sad

ccsays Wed 18-Dec-13 17:14:05

Hi Idris,

Congratulations on the soon to be new arrival! As I'm due to have my first child on Friday, my question is, what bit of advice do you wish someone had given you as a first time parent?

Also, I love you, aieeeeeeeeee, swoon, etc

ExcuseTypos Wed 18-Dec-13 17:37:32

Hello Idris fsmile

What was it like, being part of the London Olympics Opening Ceromony?

MrsTiggywinklesDiaries Wed 18-Dec-13 18:16:38

Music question, what is your favourite song to relax to after a long day? Mine is Barry White's 'Just The Way You Are'

If you could do a 'road trip', where would you go (and what would be your dream car)?

Idris, what is the most exciting book you have ever read ?

CestelloAnnunciation Wed 18-Dec-13 19:12:53

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CestelloAnnunciation Wed 18-Dec-13 19:14:03

Ok sorry sorry <fans self>

From one Londoner to another - where is your favourite place in London?

jonicomelately Wed 18-Dec-13 20:22:15

Actually, I do have a proper question.

I feel really passionate about the fact there should be more female screenwriters, especially here in the UK. I would therefore like to ask you, who is your favourite female screenwriter (TV, radio or film, UK or USA).

Thanks.

Theonlyoneiknow Wed 18-Dec-13 21:07:50

You know, I actually did a degree in Scriptwriting for Film and TV at Uni but never did anything with it (not sure why, all my scripts are sitting in the loft!!), sorry that was in response to jonicomelately

CockBollocks Wed 18-Dec-13 21:45:00

What randall said!!

"Do you think its a shame that many of our amazing actors seem to outgrow our best dramas? Why do you think that is the case in Britain, as film actors in the US seem to cross over and continue with both."

It makes me sad when they only run for a season or two sad

Absolutely not two questions

CockBollocks Wed 18-Dec-13 21:46:19

cestello grin you may have to queue up behind the rest of mumsnet towers.

Ledkr Wed 18-Dec-13 21:48:11

Idris I feel I need to repeat my earlier question as it was posted amongst silliness.
Who would win in a fight between Stringer Bell and Luther?
I need to know.

Lovelybitofsquirrel Wed 18-Dec-13 22:05:59

Were you disappointed not to make it to the end of The Wire?
I'm still upset about it

HRHwheezing Wed 18-Dec-13 22:16:12

Hello Idris!

Mine's more of a Mandela question

Did you " walk" in Mandela's shoes to become him? Meaning, did you go to Robben island? Talk to his friends etc
And being him, has it changed your life in any way?

Looking forward to the film, just reading the book!

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Wed 18-Dec-13 22:47:45

Ultraviolet was A. M. A. Z. I. N. G. I mean it had Stephen Moyer aka Vampire Bill, and you obviously all broody and lovely.

The scene in the warehouse as another poster has said was great.

Why wasn't the series renewed.

Ps. Your great grin

TensionWheelsCoolHeels Thu 19-Dec-13 01:02:47

Hello Idris,

Love your work smile

Can I ask how much more difficult it was trying to sound like someone's actual voice (Mandela) as opposed to just perfecting a regional accent? You must have listened to endless recordings of Mandela talk to get it as close as you did.

And I'd just like to say, for years I've watched you thinking 'I know him from something...' and today I realised having wiki'd you so I could sound all knowledgeable when posting it was from Family Affairs. There's a trip down memory lane I never thought would happen grin

Family Affairs to Mandela. Awesome.

ScrambledSmegs Thu 19-Dec-13 09:56:52

Ultraviolet was fantastic. I wish there'd been another series.

Are you ever tempted to try theatre instead of film/tv? I know it's a different style than tv or film work, but I'm sure you'd have the stage presence to carry it off!

ScrambledSmegs Thu 19-Dec-13 10:02:39

Oh, and who do you think is going to win the Golden Globe, you or Chiwetel Ejiofor?

<stirs>

ignores other nominees in the same category

ScrambledSmegs Thu 19-Dec-13 10:05:51

PS MNHQ can you take LOTS of photos? Please? You lucky people.

Oh what the hell. I'm in London. The kids won't mind loitering in the cold outside MNHQ doing a bit of a Christmas shopping fgrin

Willemdefoeismine Thu 19-Dec-13 10:12:22

Hi Idris

I just love you as the maverick cop, Luther.

You seem to have quite a following of admirers - do you get mobbed in the streets?

How did you feel, attending the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and then discovering the very sad news that he'd died sad. And how did you get in character playing Mandela?

Thanks and Merry Christmas!

scottishmummy Thu 19-Dec-13 11:45:35

Hello idris, I'd like to ask you have you experienced typecasting or lack of opportunity in accessing good roles as a black actor? Adrian Lester has discussed this extensively.

MirrorballMoon Thu 19-Dec-13 11:57:20

Hello Idris
My shy Welsh jazz-loving male friend (and fellow fan) would love to know whether you play any musical instruments? grin

XmasLogAndHollyOn Thu 19-Dec-13 12:04:25

Dear Idris,

When you grace Mumsnet with your rather lovely presence, I will be sat in a meeting discussing my year-to-date spend against my projected budget so I can reforecast my budget accurately for the rest of the year.

As you can appreciate, this is possibly the most cruel and boring way known to womankind to miss a web chat with your good self.

Please can you wave to me virtually so when I come out of the meeting I can go all perculiar and worry my staff by looking happy for no good reason, and possibly have them start a rumour about me and the deputy finance manager.

Thank you MWAH x

donnie Thu 19-Dec-13 12:04:41

Hi Idris; I am a great admirer of your work. My question is similar to scottishmummy's: David Harewood has spoken a lot about the infrequency of good roles for black actors, and he also said he only really began to get good roles when he went to America (eg Homeland etc). I was wondering whether or not you had found the same thing.
Thanks.

donnie Thu 19-Dec-13 12:06:23

Also could you tell me who your heroes and role models are? mine is George Orwell for his political stance and literary legacy. Who is yours?

donnie Thu 19-Dec-13 12:09:48

Sorry MNHQ I have asked two questions but in my defence I asked them on everyone's behalf wink

TensionWheelsCoolHeels Thu 19-Dec-13 12:34:21

Is he in the building then?

ChaffinchOfDoom Thu 19-Dec-13 12:38:29

Hi Idris fwink

I had a mad Uncle Idris in Wales, he always wore braces and loved to sip a Snowball at Christmas.

So in his honour, a) have you ever worn braces; and b) what is your favourite Christmas tipple

I LOVE YOU X

OodKingWenceslas Thu 19-Dec-13 12:38:43

I was going to ask about the premiere /Mandelas death but someone has already asked that so my question is
Did you get to meet Mandela about the film?

CustardoPaidforIDSsYFronts Thu 19-Dec-13 12:43:28

wildly excited

Wishfulmakeupping Thu 19-Dec-13 12:43:42

If you remake any film and pick a part in it- what would it be?

Ladyt3xthelady Thu 19-Dec-13 12:54:21

Hello Driis, congrats and wtg on everything you are doing! 13th hour is coming with Mandela! Fingers crossed!! Was wondering, can you lead me to a person in your camp to get some more autographed pics for some of the members in my group? Thanks, love you so much and keep on doing it! ~T~

Hi Idris

I love you and so does DP

What are your new year's resolutions for 2014?

caramelwaffle Thu 19-Dec-13 12:56:09

Hello Idris.

I would just like to congratulate you on your awards.

And to ask you what you think of the changes to East London?

JustineMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 19-Dec-13 13:01:44

Idris is here. Sitting right next to me! And he'll be off in a jiffy (we just fixing him a peppermint tea).

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:01:58

Hello I'm here! Feeling poorly - do you feel sorry for me? No? Ok. We'll just get on with it then.

TensionWheelsCoolHeels Thu 19-Dec-13 13:02:05

<channelling my annoying 8 yr old>

Is he there yet?

TensionWheelsCoolHeels Thu 19-Dec-13 13:02:37

Ooh, spectacular cross postblush

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 19-Dec-13 13:03:02

Arfing at Knotty

fgrin

But seriously, crochet, I am London based, and she's not, so more central

Can't think of anything sensible AT ALL

RedLondonBus Thu 19-Dec-13 13:03:03

man flu?

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:03:20

CestelloAnnunciation

Ok sorry sorry <fans self>

From one Londoner to another - where is your favourite place in London?

My favourite place in London is East London. I love Hackney because it's full of great old-school architecture and really lovely houses. It's got a really cool feel to it. Roaming the streets of East London on my moped is my favourite thing to do.

Oh no! What's up?
Seriously, we'll all feel sorry for you

bumbumsmummy Thu 19-Dec-13 13:03:31

Your portrayal of Nelson Mandela will now form history for those that come after as a record of his life how difficult was it to recreate his charisma

Are you going to write

osaraf Thu 19-Dec-13 13:03:56

hi Idris. where do you call home? why do you think British actors are so popular in the US? almost every hit US show seems to have a British lead, The Wire, Homeland, Hannibal, House, Boardwalk Empire etc. Do you think the Brits have a different attitude to acting, or are they just cheaper? (joke! wink) what was it like living in Baltimore filming the Wire? Do you keep in touch with anyone? sorry if this is a repeated question, not read the thread.

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:04:01

Lovelybitofsquirrel

Were you disappointed not to make it to the end of The Wire?
--I'm still upset about it--

No I had three years in the show and it was a really amazing time for me. The show went on for two fantastic seasons. My character had to come to an end and I was happy with that.

HankyScore Thu 19-Dec-13 13:04:49

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IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:05:26

TensionWheelsCoolHeels

Hello Idris,

Love your work smile

Can I ask how much more difficult it was trying to sound like someone's actual voice (Mandela) as opposed to just perfecting a regional accent? You must have listened to endless recordings of Mandela talk to get it as close as you did.

And I'd just like to say, for years I've watched you thinking 'I know him from something...' and today I realised having wiki'd you so I could sound all knowledgeable when posting it was from Family Affairs. There's a trip down memory lane I never thought would happen grin

Family Affairs to Mandela. Awesome.

It was a really conscious effort not to try and impersonate him and for the audience to get involved. It's easy for actors to impersonate but in this case we really wanted to feel the humility of the man and the man's presence so I spend a lot of time trying to understand the characteristics of his voice and then interpreting that.

Ladyt3xthelady Thu 19-Dec-13 13:05:28

Hello Driis, hope u get to feeling better! congrats and wtg on everything you are doing! 13th hour is coming with Mandela! Fingers crossed!! Was wondering, can you lead me to a person in your camp to get some more autographed pics for some of the members in my group? Thanks, love you so much and keep on doing it! ~T~

TensionWheelsCoolHeels Thu 19-Dec-13 13:07:01

smile Thanks for answering Idris.

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:07:04

Willemdefoeismine

Hi Idris

I just love you as the maverick cop, Luther.

You seem to have quite a following of admirers - do you get mobbed in the streets?

How did you feel, attending the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and then discovering the very sad news that he'd died sad. And how did you get in character playing Mandela?

Thanks and Merry Christmas!

It was a very bitter-sweet moment at the premiere. London came out to see us and the film and it was very special. I had my mum there and she met the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William - it was cool. The moment we found out during the film that he'd died it was a sad moment. We all took it very badly. We took the decision to step on to stage after the credits had rolled to tell the audience that we had to tell them - it was a sad moment.

neenienana Thu 19-Dec-13 13:08:18

Hello idris, I am very good at brow mopping!. I want to ask how was it working with Laura linney in the big c? Such an amazing programme. Congratulations on the award. I am going to be mostly watching Luther box sets whilst breastfeeding my new baby daughter.

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:08:46

MacaYoniandCheese

Dear Idris,

I'm having a great deal of trouble with playing it cool trying to come up with a proper question but just want to tell you that my husband does a wicked impersonation of you (as Luther) grin.

Did you do any special, law-enforcement related preparation for your role as Luther?

--Do you ever Google image yourself and just...admire?--

Actually I spent quite a bit of time working with a DCI that was in South London and he took me through the ropes and gave me an overview of what it's like to be a real detective. A lot of it was in a classroom - we didn't do much fieldwork. I wanted to discover the personality of people who have to work with so much death. Warren Brown who played Justin spent time with that DCI too.

eggsandham Thu 19-Dec-13 13:09:09

Hello Idris. Thanks so much for coming on here. I can't wait to see the Mandela film - I have just read the book and found it one of the most compellingly written autobiographies I've ever read. His story is astonishing and truly inspiring.

So my Q is this - as I read the book, it struck me that in some ways it worked in Mandela's favour to have been caught and imprisoned before actually committing any acts of violence. I'm wondering if you agree that had he actually done so, it would have been far harder for him to achieve what he then did?

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 19-Dec-13 13:10:10

Idris we have a couple of questions from Mumsnet HQ we'd like to put to you - a bit off the wall I know but it's important to us: 1) Favourite animal story? and 2) favourite biscuit?

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:10:21

CustardoPaidforIDSsYFronts

serious question

How good is your northern accent?

Its quite important

My northern accent - by heck it's terrible!

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:10:57

HopAlongOnItsOnlyChristmas

<fans self with empty mince pie box>

Idris, what have you asked Santa to bring you this year?

(If it was a rampaging horde of flustered, breathless mumsnetters, it would appear that you have been a very good boy this year. )

I've asked Santa to get me a 12 hour period where I can sleep the whole time without having to get up really early. Please Santa can you do that.

CustardoPaidforIDSsYFronts Thu 19-Dec-13 13:12:03

made my day that has...off to get mi flat cap and walk the whippet

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:12:45

osaraf

hi Idris. where do you call home? why do you think British actors are so popular in the US? almost every hit US show seems to have a British lead, The Wire, Homeland, Hannibal, House, Boardwalk Empire etc. Do you think the Brits have a different attitude to acting, or are they just cheaper? (joke! wink) what was it like living in Baltimore filming the Wire? Do you keep in touch with anyone? sorry if this is a repeated question, not read the thread.

I think that British actors have always had a history of being good and being able to play other cultures very well ie accents. I'm not sure if there's a conscious trend in the industry because there are just as many American leads in American TV, but I do believe it's part of the ever-changing appetite for viewers who want to see actors who are good but not necessarily well known. When I played in The Wire they didn't know I was English until I got the job. Good question - thank you.

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:13:41

morethemerrier

How did you audition for the part of Mandela,if you did,and what were you doing when you found out you had got the role?

Actually I didn't have to audition. The script was handed to me and an offer was put on the table. I was working and my agent called me and said 'they want you to play Mandela' I said 'shut up Roger' and put the phone down. My agent is South African so he was tearful. I was really nervous about it.

LeBFG Thu 19-Dec-13 13:14:29

How did you perfect your accent for the Wire??

I think you're fab by the way blush

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:14:43

dottyaboutstripes

Hi Idris, don't suppose you have any Welsh in you and that's where your name's from? We'd be glad to adopt you as our own (and yes, of course I speak for the whole Welsh nation grin)

Yep unfortunately there isn't much Welsh in my blood. The name Idris, or Idrissa which is my given name, is from West Africa, Sierra Leone, I do believe it means leader or king, which is great!

caramelwaffle Thu 19-Dec-13 13:14:57

Sorry to hear you are unwell. Hope you feel better soon.

A little bit controversial but Hackney is - well - more North London despite the postcode. Now Stratford, Forest Gate, Canning Tarrrrrn, Shtam and Custom House. East London.

Do you like Pie and Mash?

RedLondonBus Thu 19-Dec-13 13:15:04

poor Roger! that was rude Mr Idris!

Have you ever been to the fab funny little veggie Thai restaurant in Bethnal Green? IsThai food your thing?

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:16:37

bumbumsmummy

Your portrayal of Nelson Mandela will now form history for those that come after as a record of his life how difficult was it to recreate his charisma

Are you going to write

Thank you for saying that. I'm honoured to have got the role and represented this man in the flesh, at least in a film. It was a challenge to bring his presence alive. Presence is hard to put on screen, and nobody had Mandela's presence. That was our real challenge, to take an actor that doesn't look like him and make it happen. Also it was over a long period of time, being 21 myself (haha!) it's hard to play him over 52 year period which was also challenging.

osaraf Thu 19-Dec-13 13:16:38

thanks for answering. I didn't realise you were English either for ages! hope you have a relaxing Christmas.

Cross posts about food!

Soooooo

Pie and Mash or Thai?

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:17:38

caramelwaffle

Sorry to hear you are unwell. Hope you feel better soon.

A little bit controversial but Hackney is - well - more North London despite the postcode. Now Stratford, Forest Gate, Canning Tarrrrrn, Shtam and Custom House. East London.

Do you like Pie and Mash?

Well noted, but the E in E8 stands for East! And yes, I do like pie and mash. My favourite is by the West Ham football ground - loads of liqueur!

thegraduand Thu 19-Dec-13 13:17:47

Ok, should ask serious type question, but's Christmas and I'm high on lemsip, (quick tip lemsip and a can of coke, you'll feel fine). What's your christmas tree like, subtle and tasteful, or full on bauble and tinsel explosion extravaganza?

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:18:27

MrsDeVere

Idris
Are you doing panto this year?

Actually no. When I was 18/19 I was a stage-hand for Danny Baker's Dick Whittington at Barking Town Hall – yes Danny, that was me. It actually helped me out because I got to be backstage and see the production. Just coming out of school that was amazing for me.

dawntigga Thu 19-Dec-13 13:19:11

Dear Edris,

I luff you and you're work, it worries me you don't wear socks, but that's a separate issue.

What role, if any, in the history of roles, characters and real people would you like to play (that you haven't already) and why?

PositivelySwooningTiggaxx

GetOrf Thu 19-Dec-13 13:20:05

Look at you lot objectifying a fine actor. I ask you.

Hello Idris
I read a linguist's comment who said that your accent for the Wire was the most extraordinary he had ever seen portrayed, and that the fact that you picked up the Baltimore idiom despite being English showed real talent.

If you would like the link to the review please PM me <winks>

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:20:23

eggsandham

Hello Idris. Thanks so much for coming on here. I can't wait to see the Mandela film - I have just read the book and found it one of the most compellingly written autobiographies I've ever read. His story is astonishing and truly inspiring.

So my Q is this - as I read the book, it struck me that in some ways it worked in Mandela's favour to have been caught and imprisoned before actually committing any acts of violence. I'm wondering if you agree that had he actually done so, it would have been far harder for him to achieve what he then did?

Well observed. He even admitted post-prison that his time in prison helped to mould him and helped him with patience. He re-educated himself in prison. The fact that he was in prison with his comrades straightened him and kept him focussed on that dream that he was prepared to die for. I spent a night in the prison and I came out feeling so angry. I felt such injustice at where Mandela had spend 19 year and he came out with forgiveness. It had a lot to do with his growth in prison.

TensionWheelsCoolHeels Thu 19-Dec-13 13:20:26

I'm seriously impressed with Idris' typing skills - he's flying through these questions! grin

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:21:33

Theonlyoneiknow

Are you doing any DJ gigs in the near future?

What is your favourite track, guaranteed to get your arms in the air and on the dancefloor?

Yes I am DJing. I'm actually doing it the day after Boxing Day, but I don't really want to put it out there. I love DJing, it sort of grounds me. When you're running around the world being an actor, and when you DJ people just want to hear good music. I think any Michael Jackson record from his golden era.

Tensmumym Thu 19-Dec-13 13:22:42

Hi Idris

I grew up in Hackney. I went to St Ignatius primary school and lived in the Guinness Trust. Which school did you go to?

Loved your work in The Wire. I don't think I've ever heard an English actor do such a convincing Anerican accent - and that includes Dominic West smile

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:23:11

Hanginggardenofboobylon

As you can see from the reaction on here to your presence at MN Towers you tend to get us ladies (and some men no doubt) a little <Ahem> hot under the collar - MN loves you Idris!

My question is: There are of course many stories in the press about you becoming a dad again, you already have a daughter, what have you found the hardest thing about being a parent?

I think the hardest thing is being as present as you can be when you have a high-pressured occupation. I have a great relationship with my kid that I cherish. I wouldn't forfeit my relationship with her for what I do for a living. Parenting is an honour. It's a gift. I'm super-excited about having a little one coming. In this year, that's been the biggest highlight for me.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 19-Dec-13 13:24:03

A question has just come in from twitter: @MumsnetTowers @idriselba would you be tempted to make a movie of Luther? The character is so loved & adored. Also congats on the baby news

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:24:48

[quote Mignonette]Hi there-

What film and book are you looking forward to watching/reading?
Who was your favourite actor growing up- if you had one?

Loving the work and I'm keeping it clean wink.[/quote]

I'm terrible with books and films, I never read or watch anything apart from what I'm doing.

I was really into Robert De Niro. On one of my many trips to New York, Mr De Niro had this production company, and although I was just visiting, I managed to get in for an audition. I completely blagged it. I went up to his office with my head shot, and the next thing I knew I was on my way up to his office. I never met him but I got close. I just gave him my resume and headshot.

Hiya and welcome Idris you gorgeous son of a gun you

I'm not sure if you missed my question during the mad rush so I'll just repeat it now just incase. grin

If you had to snog one of them, who would it be. Chris Hemsworth or Tom Hiddleston.

I thank you in advance.

grin

caramelwaffle Thu 19-Dec-13 13:25:13

Thank you for answering.

That Pie and Mash shop is actually very generous.

Order a portion of saag aloo from the K shop next door. Divine

Ladyt3xthelady Thu 19-Dec-13 13:25:22

Hello Driis, hope u get to feeling better! congrats and wtg on everything you are doing! 13th hour is coming with Mandela! Fingers crossed!! Was wondering, can you lead me to a person in your camp to get some more autographed pics for some of the members in my group? Thanks, love you so much and keep on doing it! ~T~

GetOrf Thu 19-Dec-13 13:25:49

dialectblog.com/2011/01/29/top-10-american-accents-by-non-americans/

"1.) Idris Elba, The Wire. It was hard to pick number one, but at the end of the day, this British actor won out. He didn’t just do any American accent on the wire. He mastered, from top to bottom, the variety of African American Vernacular English spoken in West Baltimore. It is some of the most masterfully specific dialect work I’ve ever seen.

difficultpickle Thu 19-Dec-13 13:25:55

Hi Idris

What would be your dream role?

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:26:36

dawntigga

Dear Edris,

I luff you and you're work, it worries me you don't wear socks, but that's a separate issue.

What role, if any, in the history of roles, characters and real people would you like to play (that you haven't already) and why?

PositivelySwooningTiggaxx

I would like to play Thelonious Monk just because he was an amazing jazz pianist that broke the mould of jazz and also battled for a long time with mental illness. I want to play the character because a) I'm a lover of music and it's an excuse for me to learn the piano b) I think it's important because so many people suffer from mental illness silently and I'd like to expose that. I'm always looking for something that marries my love of music and film that'd be great. Putting it out into the universe.

OodKingWenceslas Thu 19-Dec-13 13:26:50

Another question (sorry)
Had you heard of/visited Mumsnet before this chat came up?

dawntigga Thu 19-Dec-13 13:27:04

NORTY AmazingBouncingFerret making him choose! You should be kind and give me him both of them fgrin

ShouldBeWrappingPresentsTiggaxx

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:27:53

HoHolepew

Ok. I'll compose myself.

Hi Idris, is there going to be a Luther film or is it a rumour? Is there definitely no more tv episodes?

It's a crying shame if there isn't. The last one scared the life out of me fshock. I loved it grin.

Yes –we're really trying to make that happen. It's kind of complex because it's a big task trying to make a popular TV show into a film. It's taking a lot of time for us to understand what we should do. But we're getting really close. I've sent the writer off to a cave in New Zealand to write and I think he's close to coming up with something exciting. Watch this space - hopefully in the next year something might happen.

dawntigga Thu 19-Dec-13 13:28:15

I luff Thelonious Monk!

YesThatWasMySqueeYouHeardTiggaxx

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:28:59

thegraduand

Ok, should ask serious type question, but's Christmas and I'm high on lemsip, (quick tip lemsip and a can of coke, you'll feel fine). What's your christmas tree like, subtle and tasteful, or full on bauble and tinsel explosion extravaganza?

Yes Christmas tree! More tinsel explosion extravaganza. Short but wide with a massive star on it and there's about 6 presents underneath it at the moment. Stuffed in the corner of my living room. I think it's a real one...

Mignonette Thu 19-Dec-13 13:29:12

Idris

You really do need to wear socks. The Mother in me is most concerned. My socks have badgers on them. I am so right on that even my socks are political #savethebadgers

Thanks for answering my question and good De Niro related anecdote.

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:30:18

GetOrf

dialectblog.com/2011/01/29/top-10-american-accents-by-non-americans/

*"1.) Idris Elba, The Wire. It was hard to pick number one, but at the end of the day, this British actor won out. He didn?t just do any American accent on the wire. He mastered, from top to bottom, the variety of African American Vernacular English spoken in West Baltimore. It is some of the most masterfully specific dialect work I?ve ever seen.*

Wow. Wow... and wow again. Honestly whenever I listen to myself doing an accent I cringe because I'm very particular about what I do and I never feel completely satisfied, so that's a massive compliment to me because someone's paid attention to every detail - which makes me cringe! That's very flattering, thanks for letting me know.

SnowBells Thu 19-Dec-13 13:30:43

My husband and I watched Pacific Rim a few nights ago. How much of it was acted in front of a Green Screen and how much had 'actual' settings?

Is there a difference in how you would be acting (I mean, it must feel different/harder)?

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:31:04

Mignonette

Idris

You really do need to wear socks. The Mother in me is most concerned. My socks have badgers on them. I am so right on that even my socks are political #savethebadgers

Thanks for answering my question and good De Niro related anecdote.

Yes, you're right. Socks do keep the ankles warm. Hopefully this Christmas I'll get an array of great socks. I'm into colourful socks... I'm wearing black ones today though.

dawntigga Thu 19-Dec-13 13:31:08

Mignonette I know about the socks right? Also, have been ill and will do the other thing tomorrow and pm you the link.

ThinksMrElbaWillBeGettingSocksFromSantaTiggaxx

MotherofBear Thu 19-Dec-13 13:31:12

Hi Idris,

I have no questions, but I just wanted to thank you for the hours of enjoyment you've brought me, just from watching you on screen in your various roles. You're an outstanding actor and it doesn't do any harm that you're pretty easy on the eyes too grin

Good luck on all your future endeavours, and congratulations on the imminent arrival of the latest addition to your family.

Mignonette Thu 19-Dec-13 13:32:24

Last comment from me -

Greatly cheered to hear of your interest in promoting mental health and the plight of the mentally ill in an honest and balanced manner.

I am a mental health nurse and we are always looking for realistic relateable characters in film and literature.

Can i direct you to blogger and campaigner @nurse_w_glasses as somebody who writes very well and would be a useful resource for research?

dawntigga Thu 19-Dec-13 13:32:41

Awesome x-post there from me dontcha think?

ReallyShouldBeWrappingPresentsTiggaxx

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:33:03

SnowBells

My husband and I watched Pacific Rim a few nights ago. How much of it was acted in front of a Green Screen and how much had 'actual' settings?

Is there a difference in how you would be acting (I mean, it must feel different/harder)?

Great question - Guillermo del Toro style of directing - he liked actuality even if the world is fantastical. A lot of the sets were real and so detailed. Every blinking light and peice of electronic equipment was there. The monsters and the robots weren't. For an actor who steps on to a set like that it helps you keep that character as real as possible which is great. In Promethius Ridley Scott created the front of the ship and when we looked out the window it was all green screen. It actually moved when we moved the controls - it gives you a sense of realism

Fairylea Thu 19-Dec-13 13:33:11

Dd aged 10 wants me to ask you this....!

In Pacific rim, which she absolutely loved, you command one of the largest robots against the kijuu (no idea if I've spelt that right!). If there was an alien invasion what would you do?

smile

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:34:10

OodKingWenceslas

Another question (sorry)
Had you heard of/visited Mumsnet before this chat came up?

No! I'm embarassed to admit it. However, this will be my leading way from here on out to promote films. They treat me so nicely here - I love.

Rachel from MNHQ chips is - "have you got your fruit!?"

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:34:39

Ledkr

Idris I feel I need to repeat my earlier question as it was posted amongst silliness.
Who would win in a fight between Stringer Bell and Luther?
I need to know.

In a physical fight Luther would win. In a battle of wits, Stringer would win.

CoolMama7 Thu 19-Dec-13 13:36:44

Hi Idris, Bless! Just reading you'd like to do a piece as Thelonius Monk, that would be off the chain. Go for it!!

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:37:29

HRHwheezing

Hello Idris!

Mine's more of a Mandela question

Did you " walk" in Mandela's shoes to become him? Meaning, did you go to Robben island? Talk to his friends etc
And being him, has it changed your life in any way?

Looking forward to the film, just reading the book!

You know, on my research for Mandela I spent a lot of time in South African understanding how people view Mandela. I wanted to understand from a third party point of view what Mandela meant to the country. When I got closer to seeing him I stepped closer to his past and more personal stories about him. Since playing Mandela and promoting the film, some things have happened that I feel like his legacy has to live on. And I feel that I can be a vessel for that by doing more work that highlights other peoples plights, by using this spotlight to help others. I've done a certain amount of work with young people and charities, but I now know I can do a lot more. It's re-fixed my focus on helping others. I've also understood what patience is. I can be so impatient. I think that's partly to do with being an actor, but now I'm understanding that patience is definitely a virtue and I'm trying to work on it more.

Tensmumym Thu 19-Dec-13 13:37:41

Hi Idris
When did you realise how fantastic The Wire was going to be? Was it obvious from reading the script? It was so exciting to watch it must have been amazing to perform in.

And which part of Hackney are you from? I grew up in Stamford Hill and went to school at St Ignatius Primary School. I remember we used to get the Hackney Gazette newspaper.

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:38:12

TensionWheelsCoolHeels

I'm seriously impressed with Idris' typing skills - he's flying through these questions! grin

Why thank you. It's funny because it's hard to type with a sandwich in my hand... Thanks for noticing.

Note from Sophie at MNHQ- yeah right.

Blatherskite Thu 19-Dec-13 13:38:13

Hope you're feeling better than you were on the radio this morning and that you get some sleep soon.

YoDiggity Thu 19-Dec-13 13:39:27

This is going to be the funniest webchat ever. It will just be a bunch of flushing, blushing, fanning, fawning, stuttering, gabbling, tongue-tied, heavy-breathing women all falling over themselves not to sound tooooo much like lovestruck 14 year olds. grin

<composes self and tries to think of non 'will you sleep me please?' type questions>

GetOrf Thu 19-Dec-13 13:39:30

I'm really pleased you like that review. That's a fascinating blog from a geeky point of view, he evidently knows his stuff, and to master an obscure accent like that of Baltimore when not American is pretty impressive. Assumed you would have seen that already so glad you're pleased.

Anyway can you come to Gloucester and teach the local male populace how to walk purposefully down the street with a winter coat on? grin

SnowBells Thu 19-Dec-13 13:39:47

Have you read a book that you would really want to see as a film???

And how do you fake an American accent so well???

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:40:11

Amrapaali

Idris, you grew up in east London. Do you often go back and revisit your childhood haunts? Do you think East ham or Hackney has changed for the better, especially after the Olympics? All I can see is a wealth gap widening...

Oh and ignore the hormonal pantings over the last two pages. We are a good bunch, honest we are.... now if I could just reach out and stroke that french beard

fgrin

Yes it's funny because when I was a kid I got to know Hackney really well on a bike. I knew all the pavements, all the cracks, all the roads. I get on my moped every now and then and go round. My old school in Haggerston which was called Laburnam Primary School has been knocked down but I love riding around there and looking at the old buildings that are still there. It's amazing. I think the London Olympics was really good for London in many ways, East London took a cosmetic change which I think benefits it. I would have liked to see more post-Olympic business and enterprise stay there and continue to benefit East London. It's got a lot to offer. It's still a great place and I'm still attached to it.

YoDiggity Thu 19-Dec-13 13:40:21

Shit. didn't realise it was already happening. blush

JaquelineHyde Thu 19-Dec-13 13:40:31

Hi Idris <swoon>

You are clearly a very talented actor and DJ/musician and you appear to love both of these talents but if push came to shove and you could only do one for the rest of your life, which would you pick, music or film/tv/stage?

Also you have produced quite a few music videos, do you have any more lined up?

Merry Christmas fgrin

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:41:11

Crumblemum

I heard a rumour that you might be the first black James Bond. Sounds like a good idea to me (although my favourite James Bond was Roger Moore, so I might not be the best judge), what would you say if offered the part?

It is just a rumour and it's one that's caught fire around the world. Everywhere I go people ask me if I'm going to be James Bond. It's actually a good rumour because what a great character. Who doesn't want to drive around in fast cars with nice suits and loads of Bond mums!

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:41:45

Blatherskite

Hope you're feeling better than you were on the radio this morning and that you get some sleep soon.

Thanks very much - me too!

Mignonette Thu 19-Dec-13 13:42:25

((((((((( Bond Mum )))))))))))

Let the vortex draw you in Idris.

JaquelineHyde Thu 19-Dec-13 13:43:33

Oh God I would love it if you became James Bond!

JaquelineHyde Thu 19-Dec-13 13:44:00

Oooooh what about Dr Who? Would you ever take on that role?

FEEdec Thu 19-Dec-13 13:44:01

Hi Idris

Great to have you on here! I loved the Wire and was gutted when Stringer was killed (but what an episode!!)

My question is have you ever had a truly awful job (prior to being a world famous actor that is!). Mine was a summer job, unpacking used vacuums in a factory during a Uni holiday - t'was hell on earth!

Thank you x

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:44:05

JaquelineHyde

Hi Idris <swoon>

You are clearly a very talented actor and DJ/musician and you appear to love both of these talents but if push came to shove and you could only do one for the rest of your life, which would you pick, music or film/tv/stage?

Also you have produced quite a few music videos, do you have any more lined up?

Merry Christmas fgrin

I would pick music, if push came to shove. Because through music you can paint pictures, I can do musicals and I'd get to act in musicals, and it would be on a stage, and they could film it and put it on TV. Job done. Seriously I do love music. I spent some time after filming Mandela recording an album about playing Mandela. I tried to express musically this journey, the feeling of South Africa welcoming me. The moment I was in jail I wrote a song with Maverick Saber about holding on to your mentality when you're in jail. I can't wait to put the album out. I'm calling the album, Mi Mandela and it should be available at some point next year.

Susyf Thu 19-Dec-13 13:46:11

sorry if this has already been asked, but are you going to make more Luther? It would be interesting given the last scene with the fab Alice!

JaquelineHyde Thu 19-Dec-13 13:46:19

Excellent, answer, good thinking about musicals grin

Will keep an eye out for that album.

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:48:18

.

CoolMama7 Thu 19-Dec-13 13:48:48

What are you working on now in the way of new movies? And when will you release Mi Mandela?

MsGee Thu 19-Dec-13 13:48:52

Idris, it was my birthday two days ago - could I have a kiss please?

<shameless>

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:49:34

TapirsCaperWithReindeers

If you could do a 'road trip', where would you go (and what would be your dream car)?

I'd probably drive across Africa and my dream car would be this thing called an Astrovan. It was my car when I lived in America and at one point I actually lived in it. I called it the Grizzly.

getorf Thu 19-Dec-13 13:49:41

Best
Webchat
Ever.

Alastair Campbell? Who's he?

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:49:45

MsGee

Idris, it was my birthday two days ago - could I have a kiss please?

<shameless>

Ok.

MsGee Thu 19-Dec-13 13:50:19

Squeaaak

<gets coat, leaves note for family>

smile

ClausIsTrulyReal Thu 19-Dec-13 13:50:50

Oh utterbum, I'm late.

Idris, I've only one question for you, and I'm so being restrained here [wunk] but could you please cast the deciding vote iin the Christmas Name Change competition?
That'd be just loveky.

Cheers.

I think you're beyond glorious.

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:50:56

[quote FEEdec]Hi Idris

Great to have you on here! I loved the Wire and was gutted when Stringer was killed (but what an episode!!)

My question is have you ever had a truly awful job (prior to being a world famous actor that is!). Mine was a summer job, unpacking used vacuums in a factory during a Uni holiday - t'was hell on earth!

Thank you x[/quote]

My worst job was in a place called Easy Way. It was a shop with barrels of dried fruit. I had to fill up the barrels and come down and scoop and weight it. I had prunes and raisins stuck to my face all day long - no fun. Healthy eating, mind.

caramelwaffle Thu 19-Dec-13 13:51:56

I'm pretty sure Paul Barber was in a production of Rent Party at the Stratford theatre Royal. So good, a friend and I watched it four times.

donnie Thu 19-Dec-13 13:52:08

Thanks for answering my questions Idris. I heart you grin

I note that you were very careful in your response to the new James Bond rumour question and did NOT actually deny it wink.

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:52:18

Fairylea

Dd aged 10 wants me to ask you this....!

In Pacific rim, which she absolutely loved, you command one of the largest robots against the kijuu (no idea if I've spelt that right!). If there was an alien invasion what would you do?

smile

I haven't thought about that. Because an alien invasion, especially the Kijuu would feel like an earthquake I would probably hide under this desk that I'm typing from now. That way the Kijuu would not see me, and I could keep mum chatting!

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:53:33

ScrambledSmegs

Oh, and who do you think is going to win the Golden Globe, you or Chiwetel Ejiofor?

<stirs>

--ignores other nominees in the same category--

I think Chiwetel will win because I've known him for over 20 years. He beat me to one of his first roles in a film and we had to do our rehearsal scenes together. He won that role so I suspect he might just pinch it. Either way we've both one because I love him and he's an amazing actor.

GetOrf Thu 19-Dec-13 13:53:58

How LOVELY - 'Paul barber you're my hero'

Lovely Denzil.

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:53:58

MsGee

Idris, it was my birthday two days ago - could I have a kiss please?

<shameless>

X big kiss

DecorKateTheXmasTreeMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 19-Dec-13 13:54:09

For fact fans, this is a pic of an Astrovan, Idris' dream car

Very much enjoying this :-)

Idris, how will you spend Christmas Day? And, what is the best Christmas gift you have ever received?

Aww I'm gutted you feel unable to answer my snog question Idris. sad

But I understand, it IS a toughie. Personally I'd choose Tom Hiddleston but Chris Hemsworth does a close second.

Great webchat.

Thank you and merry Christmas.

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:54:46

JaquelineHyde

Hi Idris <swoon>

You are clearly a very talented actor and DJ/musician and you appear to love both of these talents but if push came to shove and you could only do one for the rest of your life, which would you pick, music or film/tv/stage?

Also you have produced quite a few music videos, do you have any more lined up?

Merry Christmas fgrin

I haven't done any music videos but I'm preparing for a music video for for a music channel in the US in the new year. I can't tell you too much about it - but I'm excited.

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:55:14

donnie

Thanks for answering my questions Idris. I heart you grin

I note that you were very careful in your response to the new James Bond rumour question and did NOT actually deny it wink.

I heart you too, Donnie!

getOrf Thu 19-Dec-13 13:55:40

And lovely comment about Chiwetel.

<swoons ever so slightly>

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:55:50

jonicomelately

Actually, I do have a proper question.

I feel really passionate about the fact there should be more female screenwriters, especially here in the UK. I would therefore like to ask you, who is your favourite female screenwriter (TV, radio or film, UK or USA).

Thanks.

Well actually there's someone I've been working with, who's also a mum, her name is Anna Waterhouse. She's done quite a lot of work for Ridley Scott. I'm going to be working with her very soon. You'll hear much more about her in the future.

scottishmummy Thu 19-Dec-13 13:56:23

Hello idris, I'd like to ask you have you experienced typecasting or lack of opportunity in accessing good roles as a black actor? Adrian Lester has discussed this extensively.

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:56:27

My favourite biscuit is a jammy dodger, and I tend to crunch all the way around the biscuit edge and then eat the jam in the middle.

donnie Thu 19-Dec-13 13:56:58

grin

JaquelineHyde Thu 19-Dec-13 13:57:09

Grrr I meant directed music videos not produced, sorry fblush

motherofmuddles Thu 19-Dec-13 13:57:26

Hi
Great webchat, thanks. Any plans to go back to love and liquor?
I was there and it was awesome. You played all of Blue Monday, result

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:57:28

ExcuseTypos

Hello Idris fsmile

What was it like, being part of the London Olympics Opening Ceromony?

I wasn't actually a part of the ceremony but I helped to promote the countdown. I was out of the country when the ceremony actually happened.

caramelwaffle Thu 19-Dec-13 13:58:38

Good luck with your future work and congratulations on your baby news.

Have a great Christmas. Come back in the new year after you have finished filming "Bond" grin

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:58:39

patienceisvirtuous

Very much enjoying this :-)

Idris, how will you spend Christmas Day? And, what is the best Christmas gift you have ever received?

I'm going to spend Christmas at home with my entire family. It'll be the first Christmas without my dad which is heartbreaking but we're all getting together to celebrate him. I got an Xbox 1 for Christmas this year which I've already been given - that was a pretty cool present!

MrsBears Thu 19-Dec-13 13:59:06

What's the most enjoyable character you have ever played.? X

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 13:59:18

MrsTiggywinklesDiaries

Music question, what is your favourite song to relax to after a long day? Mine is Barry White's 'Just The Way You Are'

It would be any of Bob Marley's records. I love playing the old Bob Marley tunes when I'm chilling at home.

GetOrf Thu 19-Dec-13 14:00:19

Well, frankly that's Jammie Dodgers fucked forever more now.

Mignonette Thu 19-Dec-13 14:00:45

Apologies to the partner of Idris for all this lechery.

Ms Elba- you have exquisite taste in men and Merry Christmas fgrin

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 14:01:09

CoolMama7

What are you working on now in the way of new movies? And when will you release Mi Mandela?

Hello CoolMama! You are one of my oldest supporters. I'm actually just finishing up touches on a film called Second Coming which is a British film about an ordinary family that go through a very supernatural event. It's written by Debbie Tucker Green who's a great new voice in theatre and television - I love her. Mi Mandela, I'm still finishing it. I think after Spring.

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 14:01:22

donnie

Hi Idris; I am a great admirer of your work. My question is similar to scottishmummy's: David Harewood has spoken a lot about the infrequency of good roles for black actors, and he also said he only really began to get good roles when he went to America (eg Homeland etc). I was wondering whether or not you had found the same thing.
Thanks.

When I left England I can't say that I was short of work. My agent thought I was crazy because I was working as an actor. I went to America because I wanted to be in a bigger pond, not because I couldn't get work. There's definitely an understanding that there's a bigger pond, African Americans have been on TV and in film for much longer than we have in this country. I think David is right that for many actors in England there was a glass ceiling and you could only go so far. I think that's changing. We're seeing more and more stories being told from different perspectives, race or gender etc, and that's what opening up the diversity. I hate the term black actor, an actor is an actor whether he's black or white –he's an actor! It's important that I don't pigeon hole my ambition in that way, which is why I'm fortunate to have this career if I'm honest.

This man is a hero because when I was 14 and he came to my drama class and sat down with us about being an actor. His name is Paul Barber. He appeared in the Full Monty. He came to our school and said "listen lads, you wanna be actors, this is what it's like". There was a man straight from the movies in our class. Paul Barber - you're my hero.

<Googles images of Paul Barber>

caramelwaffle Thu 19-Dec-13 14:01:26

Jammie Dodgers, eh?

Mumsnet will never be the same again...

Mignonette Thu 19-Dec-13 14:01:41

My husband and me both lost our Fathers this last 14 months.

My condolences flowers to you.

MrsDeVere Thu 19-Dec-13 14:01:58

Tell me how you eat that biscuit again Idris, I didn't quite catch it....

Well, I hope you have a fantastic time at Christmas including celebrating your father. And all the best for the new year!

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 14:02:02

MrsBears

What's the most enjoyable character you have ever played.? X

I quite enjoyed playing Charles Minor on The Office, because it was opportunity to do some comedy. I've got the girls in Mumsnet laughing the whole time I've been here.

Willemdefoeismine Thu 19-Dec-13 14:02:07

Merry Christmas, Idris! Thank you for answering my question!

Shuffles off (pity there's no mistletoe....fblush)!

WireCatGlitteryBaubles Thu 19-Dec-13 14:03:02

Oh my god. I've missed you.

So at least you won't see me make a fool my myself.

I love you Idris! grin

CockBollocks Thu 19-Dec-13 14:03:18

MrsD grin

IdrisElba Thu 19-Dec-13 14:03:29

Thank you very much for all your clean questions. It's been an absolute honour and really nice to speak to people one-to-one in this way. Thank you for all of you guys for asking questions, sorry if I missed any.

I'm really really proud of Mandela and it's taken on a new meaning on my life and since it's passing it's taken on a new meaning for the world.

In any case, I'm out now to buy some colourful socks.

Hugs and kisses and jammy dodgers xx

CoolMama7 Thu 19-Dec-13 14:04:35

Yes, condolences Idris. I know the feeling I lost my father this year as well. God Bless you and your family. Happy Holidays!!

JaquelineHyde Thu 19-Dec-13 14:04:43

Come back soooooon! Merry Christmas.

difficultpickle Thu 19-Dec-13 14:05:12

I forgive you Idris for completely ignoring my question <<sobs>>

ItsOkayItsJustMyBreath Thu 19-Dec-13 14:05:19

Oh noooo, don't leave!!! Just got in!

Just had to say that you are extremely talented and I had to triple check it was you playing Mandela as you are unrecognisable. I am also a massive Wire fan, no shiiiiiiiit fwink

<tries to remain upright>

caramelwaffle Thu 19-Dec-13 14:05:23

Thank you for coming in.

Don't mind those ladies all a quiver over there grin

donnie Thu 19-Dec-13 14:05:28

Idris hearts me! Idris hearts me - he said it himself! <swoons>
grin
Great webchat - well done ladies and gents!

GetOrf Thu 19-Dec-13 14:06:49

<bows down>

<we're not worthy, we're not worthy>

MsGee Thu 19-Dec-13 14:16:04

Can I just point out that he kissed me :D

caramelwaffle Thu 19-Dec-13 14:18:47

The thumbs up picture on the main page is just for you two.

A little clap for SophieMN for her fast typing.
Really good webchat.

Mignonette Thu 19-Dec-13 14:19:42

Glad to hear his important point about the tiresome label 'Black Actor'.

There really is no need for this prefix. Questions about racism and the paucity of roles (and most definitely Hollywood's squeamishness about leading male and female roles being different races) are useful albeit awful that we are STILL having to ask them but the prefix as a general description needs to become redundant.

GetOrf Thu 19-Dec-13 14:22:35

Yes but he said WOW to me. WOW more than once.

Wishfulmakeupping Thu 19-Dec-13 14:23:11

What a lovely bloke smile

Tracy1908 Thu 19-Dec-13 14:28:15

I missed Idris! Why did I wake up so late?! Gutted!

TensionWheelsCoolHeels Thu 19-Dec-13 14:28:37

Awesome web chat. I think we all heart Idris grin

MsGee Thu 19-Dec-13 14:28:37

Ill take the kiss Getorf :D

Oh shitters I missed him doing bloody mothering stuff.

He is LOVELY.

If I ever get this biscuit I shall just imagine the beautiful Idris.

MNHQ - you lucky buggers. More of those please.

<faints>

I totally forgot and missed it!

What a great chat!

I see we didn't disgrace ourselves too badly on the day. fgrin

MacaYoniandCheese Thu 19-Dec-13 15:21:51

Oh SWOON. That was brilliant.

MNHQ Thanks ever so much for this. It has really cheered me up this week. flowers fsmile {{unmumsnetty hugs}}

everlong Thu 19-Dec-13 15:47:06

He's so lovely. A great webchat.

Pagwatch Thu 19-Dec-13 15:53:31

Ofgs
I asked a really good question right at the bloody start.
Did anyone ask him for me. No.

<sulks>

HRHwheezing Thu 19-Dec-13 15:57:44

He must be mumsnet's favourite actor!

And he answered my question. My husband won't believe me.

What a lovely man

MrsVaughnRice Thu 19-Dec-13 16:14:05

I think he was a shameless hussy flirting with everyone like that.

If anyone wants me I shall be sulking in the corner with the rest of the snubbed Ultraviolet fans.

::weakens::

He was lovely though. And he was very nice about the smashing Chiwetel Ejiofor, so I'll forgive him.

ExcuseTypos Thu 19-Dec-13 16:24:05

Will never look at one of these biscuit in the same light again.

ExcuseTypos Thu 19-Dec-13 16:26:06

In fact, I think we need a campaign to rename it.

I'm sure we could think of something, to conjure up the lovely images Idris descridedfgrin

Ledkr Thu 19-Dec-13 16:35:00

Gosh isn't he lovely?
I wanted him to be a pompous arse so he'd lose some if his appeal and I can move on
Notice getorf bided her time then swooped in from the side with a fawning post and a fucking link!
<headbuts getorf>

GetOrf Thu 19-Dec-13 16:35:06

What an utterly lovely man he seems. Letchery notwithstanding.

AmberLeaf Thu 19-Dec-13 17:37:21

OMG. I am gutted I missed this sad

Love you Luther Idris.

Gooseysgirl Thu 19-Dec-13 18:03:46

Aaarrgghh can't BELIEVE I missed this!!! Love love love Idris

NewtRipley Thu 19-Dec-13 18:05:06

God, he was great.

HoHolepew Thu 19-Dec-13 18:29:29

Oh oh oh oh he answered my question!

I do believe that makes us married in the eyes of the law.

Result.

<sigh>

He answered my question and I got a pic! of his van

My family are soooo envious grin

Come back soon Idris!!!

ScrambledSmegs Thu 19-Dec-13 18:45:13

Ah, he was awesome!

He must win the globe for The long walk to freedom and Chiwetel for Dancing on the edge. That would be perfect.

Lovely, lovely man.

Pan Thu 19-Dec-13 18:49:03

He was rubbish. Didn't even make it as far as Dadsnet.shock.
HQ, demand a return and ask him to post in DN, rather than spending his time snogging MsGee. grin

Lovelybitofsquirrel Thu 19-Dec-13 19:01:41

Idris Elba spoke to me!!
<swoons>

fbiscuit = The Idris

Pan Thu 19-Dec-13 19:21:13

For MrsD's benefit, Idris's style of eating jammy dodgers was as follows:

"I tend to crunch all the way around the biscuit edge and then eat the jam in the middle."

Carry On Biscuits.smile

GetOrf Thu 19-Dec-13 19:27:19

I can't COPE with that Jammie dodger thing, my Christ that man knew what he was doing. What an absolute legend he is.

Lol at ledkr I BEASTED you lot with that link.

MrsDeVere Thu 19-Dec-13 20:38:38

I have just come back from Sainburys with some Jammy Dodgers
<locks door>

DavidHarewoodsFloozy Thu 19-Dec-13 20:46:17

WHY and HOW did I miss this?

FFS, I just want to diiie.

fucks off to bed with packet of Jammie Dodgers

This should have a been a sticky in active.

And as for you lot, wanting to keep him for yourselves selfish fuckers.

YoDiggity Thu 19-Dec-13 21:21:02

Wasn't he lovely? So chatty. Like he really genuinely enjoyed it and had loads to say. He's gone up even higher in my estimations now.

Ledkr Thu 19-Dec-13 21:29:18

He's here with me now. Sat on my sofa eating mini stolen and watching paranormal witness.
<boshes another halucenagenic drug>

TensionWheelsCoolHeels Thu 19-Dec-13 21:32:40

He did rattle through loads of questions, MNHQ got their money's worth for sure.

Did I mention he answered my question and quoted me to make a joke? gringringrin I'm dining out on this for a good while to come. smile

caramelwaffle Thu 19-Dec-13 21:54:20

I don't think Dadsnet will be quiet for much longer - not when Pan managed to share this little nugget :

Pan Tue 17-Dec-13 21:44:49
"Idris - seeing you is like looking in a mirror" Twins

Loopytiles Thu 19-Dec-13 22:21:43

Good one MNHQ wine

Pan Thu 19-Dec-13 22:23:37

you're daaamn right.

<turns up coat collar, a la Shaft>

Choccyjules Thu 19-Dec-13 22:30:32

Was at work but heart all aflutter having now read the thread. Top man, he can come back!

Teladi Thu 19-Dec-13 22:39:09

What a nice guy!

tothesea Thu 19-Dec-13 23:19:27

Aw!!! Didn't know about this!! Handsome, intelligent, charming, funny, talented...what...a ..guy. Little bit more in love tonight!!!

MissMirandalovesSunshine Fri 20-Dec-13 00:03:16

My DH has been at an event tonight and met Mr Elba. I am so, so jealous...

CoolMama7 Fri 20-Dec-13 02:37:19

OMGoodness . . . I had to leave the chat, but thank you Idris for giving the shout out. Not sure I will like your character in your next flick but I will support you until the cows come home. Will be looking forward to Mi Mandela in the spring as well. Happy Holidays hun to you and yours.

YoDiggity Fri 20-Dec-13 05:54:22

I think those hugs and kisses at the end were especially for me. He didn't actually say so, but that's just because he didn't want to disappoint the rest of you.

YoDiggity Fri 20-Dec-13 09:43:53

http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/blogs/545017/idris-elba-we-re-obsessed-are-you.html

In case you are having withdrawal symptoms now he's gone.

YoDiggity Fri 20-Dec-13 09:44:36
RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 20-Dec-13 13:18:37

We were given a few copies of Mandela (beautiful book of the film) which Idris kindly signed for us whilst he was at the Towers yesterday. Because it's the season of Good Will and all that we decided to randomly select one of the webchat attendees as winner of said book this morning. Congratulations..... Getorf who's name was chosen. We'll pm you with details and get the book off to you (sadly won't reach before Christmas but a lovely surprise for New Year). For those who are envy quickly sign up to follow @MumsnetTowers and @MumsnetBookclub and retweet as there's a comp launched to win a further 2 signed copies of the book.

VampireHamster Fri 20-Dec-13 13:32:49

Missed it sad

Mignonette Fri 20-Dec-13 13:36:26

Done.

ExcuseTypos Fri 20-Dec-13 13:39:20

Getorf, you lucky thing fgrin

ExcuseTypos Fri 20-Dec-13 13:40:03

I don't do twittersad

HRHwheezing Fri 20-Dec-13 15:37:24

Lucky cow!

There's a problem about Idris on bbc2 over Christmas , called king of speed. Sigh.

CestelloAnnunciation Fri 20-Dec-13 17:38:58

God I love him even more now

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