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Elba’s girl secretly enjoyed Luther

Idris Elba’s daughter snuck in episodes of his show Luther even though she was too young.

The actor has an 11-year-old girl named Isan with spouse Kim, and she was so eager to see her dad at work that she viewed him in character even though she wasn’t allowed.

The 40-year-old star plays the lead role of DCI John Luther in the BBC show and the part is rather dark.

“Believe it or not, she actually snuck away and watched the first two seasons,” he admitted to Collider. “She said, ‘I love it, dad!,’ and I said, ‘You’re not supposed to be watching it!’ But, she’s a big fan of it. She hasn’t seen the third season yet.”

Idris confessed that many of his roles are chosen based on what his family can enjoy.

He has parts in huge flicks Thor and this summer’s Pacific Rim.

“Honestly, I like to look at that genre of film and be in those films because my daughter, loves that type of film,” he said. “Stacker Pentecost [in Pacific Rim] wasn’t particularly fun, but that type of film is fun.

“Even Thor is not so much fun to actually make. But, they’re very different, compared to Luther or Mandela, which are quite serious bits of work. I like having all of that on my resume.”

The British thespian appears as legendary South African leader Nelson Mandela in the flick Long Walk to Freedom.

However he didn’t get to hang out with the revolutionary in preparation for the role.

“I didn’t meet Mr. Mandela, no. He was very ill,” he shared. “He wasn’t hands on, on the project. His foundation was very much connected, but I wasn’t speaking to him, personally.”

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