Fans wired over meeting Elba
Published 15/09/2010 | 05:00
HIS latest movie is number one at the US box office. On this side of the Atlantic he is famous as the star of BBC police drama 'Luther'.
His familiar face from TV and screen turns heads everywhere he goes.
But Irish fans are a little shy about approaching actor Idris Elba on account of his best known role, that of fearsome Baltimore drugs lord Stringer Bell in HBO show 'The Wire'.
"Because of Stringer Bell, people do get a bit wary. Sometimes even a little bit nervous about coming up to say hello.
"I guess it's a compliment that they found me so believable in 'The Wire'," Elba said in Dublin yesterday.
However, any fans that did approach the six-foot-two star would have met a cordial, engaging and down to earth Londoner, happy to sign autographs and answer questions about everyone's favourite TV show.
There were a few 'battles to the death' but only because Elba was in Ireland to launch new Xbox 360 computer game 'Halo: Reach'.
Elba joined other well-known faces, including Irish rugby star Jamie Heaslip, who were part of a celebrity gamers team taking on members of the public in a Xbox showdown held in the Odeon bar last night.