By Mark Savage
BBC music reporter
By Mark Savage
BBC music reporter
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.
By Sarah Jenkins
BBC News Online
"At the moment hunger is the real fear as opposed to actual Covid"
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.
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:
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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The British actor is now a Sierra Leone citizen - something he tells the BBC makes him "very proud".
BBC News, Freetown
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.
Ghanaian designers are capitalising on increasing popularity of African-inspired luxury fashion.
By Paul Glynn
Entertainment & Arts reporter
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.
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.