On me head son! Idris Elba's delight at OBE
Published 30/12/2015 | 22:36
Luther star Idris Elba has described his OBE for services to drama as "beyond special".
The actor 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 OBE caps a memorable year for the 43-year-old Londoner, which has seen him receive two Golden Globe nominations for his roles in the hit BBC drama Luther and Netflix's Beasts of No Nation.
Elba has also been the subject of speculation that he is next in line to play James Bond.
Anthony Horowitz, who wrote the latest 007 novel, Trigger Mortis, was quoted in the Daily Mail as describing Elba as "too street" for Bond.
The author later apologised, writing on Twitter: "I'm really sorry my comments about Idris Elba have caused offence. That wasn't my intention."
Elba posted a screen grab of the corresponding article on his Instagram page, writing: "Always Keep Smiling!! It takes no energy and never hurts! Learned that from the Street!! #septemberstillloveyou"
Elba rose to fame for his role as Russell "Stringer" Bell in HBO's gritty series The Wire. He received praise for his portrayal of former South African president Nelson Mandela in the 2013 film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
Elba - along with David Oyelowo, David Harewood, Lenny Henry and Meera Syal - has spoken out about the representation of ethnic minorities on television.
He told the Press Association earlier this year the UK was "moving in the right direction" regarding diversity in TV roles, but said there is still a lot of work to do.
"People are aware of the issues that are faced. It's one of these problems that won't get fixed overnight but I think it's progressively getting better."
He went on to add: "The BBC and Luther are very supportive of diversity, especially behind and in front of the camera. It's important to keep trying."
The star spoke recently about becoming a dad for the second time to his son, Winston, who is 20 months old.
He told The Jonathan Ross Show: "He's a good boy with me, [but] a really bad boy with his mum because she spoils him. I don't.
"I am the tough guy... I am actually a doting father, I like pick him up a bit but for some reason he just takes the [mickey] with his mum. That was the same relationship with my dad and my mum, actually."
Acting aside, Elba has a successful music career and is a well-respected DJ. He opened for Madonna on her Rebel Heart tour in Germany this year and has performed at the Glastonbury festival.
He also owns his own production company, and in 2015 launched a clothing range with Superdry.