Idris Elba reveals he turned down role in EastEnders leaving his mother furious
Idris Elba has revealed he once turned down the opportunity to be in EastEnders.
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!’”
Pressed further on why he did he not take up the job offer, he replied: “I just didn’t fancy it”.
Regardless, it hasn’t hurt his career given the number of Hollywood blockbusters he said yes to instead.
His name has also come up persistently as a potential replacement for Daniel Craig in the James Bond franchise.
Even Bond producer Barbara Broccoli confirmed that Elba was definitely on their radar.
For his part, Elba seems quite coy, telling Amanda Holden on Heart Breakfast that while he saw it as a “compliment,” he insisted that he had already bagged his dream role in Luther, which he was recently given the opportunity to play on the big screen.
He said: “It is one of the biggest compliments I can ever get as an actor. You know, the role of Bond is such a coveted role and to be considered for it is amazing.
“But honestly, I always secretly felt that Luther is my answer to that. It’s not as espionage it’s not you know, suave, it’s you know, a relatable guy that’s going to catch bad guys that’s all I’m you know, wanting to do really.”