In the wake of the outrage of the lack of diversity in the Oscars, British actor Idris Elba has said there haven’t been enough opportunities for talented black actors to shine on British television.
The actor, who was made an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) early this year, hinted he would not have had a leading role if he’d stayed in Britain. Idris gained prominence on American drama series ‘The Wire’ and has most recently featured as Inspector John Luther in the British crime drama series ‘Luther’.
In a recent speech to the British Parliament, the actor stated: ‘Talent is everywhere, but opportunity isn’t! Talent can’t reach opportunity unaided…that’s why Britain’s talent gets exported all over the world. And we, I don’t think, have done enough to nurture our diversity.’
This speech by Idris Elba is said to have gained the attention of members of Parliament, the Culture Minister and TV Executives. It is hoped this initiative by the actor will set the wheel of change in motion.