Wednesday 28 September 2016

Mother gives seal of approval as Idris Elba collects OBE at Buckingham Palace

Published 11/03/2016 | 15:31

Idris Elba picked up his OBE
Idris Elba picked up his OBE

Hollywood star Idris Elba said being given an OBE made his mother proud.

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The Luther actor received the honour from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace for services to drama.

He tweeted a picture of himself with his mother in the courtyard alongside the caption: "@BritishMonarchy Made my *Mum very happy today!!"

The 43-year-old had posted a picture ahead of the ceremony of himself dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and black tie, standing in front of a Rolls-Royce.

Alluding to his London roots he wrote: "Flying the East End flag at Buckingham Palace today!!! OBE Day ... How does the boy look? Feeling Proppa ... "

A number of people who commented on the post said they thought Elba resembled James Bond. There has been speculation that the actor is next in line to play 007 although the author of the latest Bond novel Anthony Horowitz apologised after describing Elba as "too street" for the role.

When it was revealed he had made the honours list in December he 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!"

Elba, who won two Screen Actors Guild awards in January for his roles in Beasts Of No Nation and Luther, was seen mingling with other guests on Friday but declined to speak to press after the ceremony.

Blur's Damon Albarn, who wore a smart navy suit with black tassled loafers to receive his OBE for services to music, also declined to speak to the press.

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