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Wednesday 28 January 2015

Idris Elba on Britain's Powerlist

Idris Elba was named one of the most influential black people in Britain
Idris Elba was named one of the most influential black people in Britain

Idris Elba has made it onto a list of the most influential black people in Britain.

The actor - the star of TV shows The Wire and Luther - is eighth in the seventh annual edition of The Powerlist, which counts down "Britain's 100 most influential black people".

Director Steve McQueen, whose movies include Shame and 12 Years A Slave, is ninth.

This year's list is topped by children's author Malorie Blackman.

The writer, who began a two-year stint as Children's Laureate in June and whose works have included Pig-Heart Boy and her Noughts And Crosses series, is the first author to head the list.

The figures were chosen for their "ability to alter events and change lives" and must be of African-Caribbean heritage, born or living in the UK.

The top 10 for 2014 also includes Mo Farah at number four and Baroness Doreen Lawrence, director of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, at seven.

In the introduction to The Powerlist 2014, Prime Minister David Cameron wrote: "I want the United Kingdom to be a land of opportunity. A land where anyone, regardless of their race, faith or background, can make it to the top of every aspect of life."

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