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Idris Elba: 'I don't respect fear'

Published 05/12/2015

British star Idris Elba found it unsettling when he went from supporting actor to leading man.

Luther star Idris Elba constantly battles with the fear inside his own head.

Over the past two decades the British actor has risen from a TV name to international film star status, with movies such as Prometheus, Pacific Rim and Thor under his belt.

While he is currently enjoying a career high, including a new collaboration with clothing label Superdry, Idris isn't immune from worrying about failure.

"Fear is an interesting one for me," he sighed to hungertv.com. "I think it’s definitely part of what goes on inside my head. I battle it. I don’t respect fear. I don’t mean that in an arrogant way, but I am self-aware, and that’s how I deal with it."

Idris first made a name for himself through his role as Stringer Bell on US television series The Wire, earning himself millions of fans in the process. He then went on to star in the title role of BBC drama Luther, with the actor now gearing up to appear in a big screen adaptation of the show.

Going from the small screen to the big has been a natural progression for the 43-year-old, though it's not been without its complications.

"With growth comes a lot of responsibility," he explained. "I think one of the tougher things when you go from being a supporting actor to a leading actor is that your process is slightly different. You find yourself on your own quite a bit, and when you’re used to an ensemble, that can be a little unsettling. But you’re given a lot more freedom to create in that space, and that’s a gift for any actor. That freedom is why I love what I do."

Next for Idris is voiceover work. Fans will be able to hear his vocals in next year's (16) Zootopia, The Jungle Book and Finding Dory.

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