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Idris Elba reveals he turned down role in EastEnders


Idris Elba reveals he turned down role in EastEnders leaving his mother furious. The actor gave a very honest response for why he said no to appearing in the long-running BBC soap.


The London-born actor, 50, admitted even his mum was shocked that he didn’t jump at the opportunity to join the iconic BBC soap. He made the admission while being interviewed alongside his Luther: The Fallen Sun co-star Andy Serkis on Roman Kemp’s Capital Radio breakfast show on Tuesday after the host quizzed them whether they had turned down any big roles throughout their careers.

“I got offered a job in EastEnders once that I didn’t take,” Elba replied.

He added: “I don’t know what role it was but yeah my mum was like ‘why did you not take it!’”

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