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Idris Elba fights fear of heights to complete Star Trek mural

Published 15/07/2016

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Actor Idris Elba overcame his fear of heights to put the finishing touches on a Star Trek mural in London on Thursday (14Jul16).

Street artist Jim Vision has spent the past two days creating a massive graffiti wall mural featuring characters from the new Star Trek Beyond film on the side of a pub in central London.

And to help him make it complete, Elba was invited to add his signature underneath the image of his villainous persona Krall - a job which required him to be raised up three floors by a scissor lift and battle his fear of heights.

After he signed his name and used spray paint to add red eyes to his character, the 43 year old told the Evening Standard newspaper he felt "brave", adding, "That was the first time I have ever done that, and it was definitely exciting.

"I'm a little bit nervous of heights... And if you look close, there's a couple of scuff marks. Those are mine."

But Elba added the fright was worth it, since the mural is now a symbol of how far he's come in his career.

"A long time ago, I used to drive past this road all the time," he recalled, "and I would never think that one day some character that I'd created or been a part of would be on the wall or in a piece of artwork like that - and that moves me to tears, actually. It's a sign of my work."

The mural will stay up for the next month to celebrate the film's release in the U.K. and U.S. next week (22Jul16).

Elba's courageous efforts came moments after he found out he had been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in Luther.

The actor shared his excitement for the recognition to Entertainment Weekly, saying, "I am floored that I’ve been nominated but I am even more excited that Luther has been nominated as well. The success of Luther is so much due to the fans and I hope they are as proud of this nomination as we are. OH BOY! What a category!”

Elba, who celebrates his fifth Emmy nod and fourth for Luther, is up against fellow Brits Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston, Bryan Cranston, Courtney B. Vance and Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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