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Idris Elba: I kept No Limits a secret

Idris Elba plans to turn his phone off so his family can't hassle him when his new TV show airs.

The 42-year-old star's breakthrough role was as tough guy Stringer Bell on cult US TV series The Wire, but it seems Idris is a little more fearful in everyday life.

His new programme is called No Limits and sees him completing a series of daredevil stunts, among them rally racing and completing loop-the-loops in a tiny plane.

"Nobody knows. I haven’t told any one of them. They will see it on the TV and I will just turn my phone off," he told British newspaper The Sun, when quizzed on whether his loved ones knew what he was up to.

"I haven’t told them because everyone will just be like, ‘Oh my God, you’re going to get hurt’ and I don’t want to hear that. They’ll read about it and then I’m going to be in trouble."

Adding to Idris' stress levels was the fact that he is petrified of flights, so soaring in the air in a miniscule plane while it completed a number of tricky manoeuvres wasn't the stuff of his dreams.

This was the sequence that the British star found the hardest, with the star chatting about it in between jaunts in the air.

"Aerobatics is the scariest one. Flying a plane and doing the loops — the effect on the body is unbelievable. I’m eating sugar because my body is a bit trembly," he explained.

"I haven’t been sick yet but I know that feeling."

Idris likened it to a rollercoaster, but a terrible one as he knew there was no way to get off. He struggled to cope with not being in control, claiming it is one of the hardest things he's ever done for the sake of his career. That said he is proud to have given it a shot, calling himself an adrenaline junkie who loves the thrill of being scared.

No Limits airs on the Discovery channel from tonight.

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