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    Video caption: Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre Elba speak about what we can all do about climate change.

    In the second episode of our What Planet Are We On? Podcast, we hear from Idris Elba and his wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, who speak about what we can all do about climate change.

  2. Idris Elba: corporations must step up and support Africa

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    Video caption: "At the moment hunger is the real fear as opposed to actual Covid"

    "At the moment hunger is the real fear as opposed to actual Covid"

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    Video caption: Idris Elba says he is 'humbled to be alive' after Covid-19 scare

    Actor Idris Elba says recovering from a Covid-19 infection has given him a new outlook on life and has inspired him to begin a UN fund for poor farmers.

  4. Idris Elba tests positive for coronavirus

    British-Sierra Leonean actor Idris Elba says he has tested positive for coronavirus and is quarantining himself.

    "It sucks... I'm doing OK," Elba said in a video shared to Twitter.

    He said he took the test after realising he'd been exposed to an infected person:

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    The actor, whose late father grew up in Sierra Leone and whose mother is from Ghana, said he had not displayed any symptoms so far.

    He urged others to wash their hands regularly and maintain social distancing as preventative measures.

    "We live in a divided world... but now is the time for thinking about each other... This is real," he added.

    "Stay positive, and don't freak out."

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    Video caption: Idris Elba tells BBC about his Sierra Leone citizenship

    The British actor is now a Sierra Leone citizen - something he tells the BBC makes him "very proud".

  6. Idris Elba in Sierra Leone 'homecoming'

    Umaru Fofana

    BBC News, Freetown

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    Image caption: Elba came to fame after starring in the HBO series The Wire

    British actor Idris Elba is visiting Sierra Leone, the country of birth of his father, in what Tourism Minister Memunatu Pratt has described as a "homecoming".

    Despite this being a private visit, on Friday Elba is due to meet President Julius Maada Bio, who will make him a citizen of Sierra Leone, according to the minister

    Elba played Nelson Mandela in the biopic Long Walk to Freedom, but came to fame after starring in the HBO series The Wire, in which he appeared as drug kingpin Stringer Bell. He also starred in Netflix film Beasts of No Nation about child soldiers.

    The actor, whose mother is from Ghana, is also expected to attend the premiere of a movie about chimpanzees, Sierra Leone’s national animal, and will later visit the chimpanzee sanctuary of Tacugama.

    Elba recently met President Bio at an investment conference in the UK and also on the margins of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.

    The government has said that he plans to invest in tourist destination Bonthe Island.

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    Video caption: Popularity of men's fashions in Ghana

    Ghanaian designers are capitalising on increasing popularity of African-inspired luxury fashion.

  8. Idris Elba 'frustrated' with writers' claims

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    Idris Elba has spoken of his "frustration" at accusations of plagiarism and discrimination by two former writers on his new play, Tree.

    A row broke out on Tuesday after Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley claimed they were shut out and suffered "intimidation and disrespect".

    Tree, which premiered at the Manchester International Festival on Thursday, is credited to Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah.

    The women say they were "pushed off" after four years and got no credit.

    Elba, who does not appear in the play himself, came to the aid of a woman who collapsed as she watched an early showing on Thursday, ahead of its official evening premiere - after which it will head to the Young Vic in London.

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    Video caption: 'This synopsis arrived full of our work'

    One of the female playwrights who has accused Idris Elba and the artistic director of the Young Vic theatre of claiming her work as their own speaks to the BBC.