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Idris Elba: Speech on diversity in the media and films

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Published on Jan 18, 2016

One of the country's leading actors - Idris Elba - has said that the UK "the most successful, diverse, multi-cultural country on the earth".

But the star of "Luther" and "The Wire" said there was one problem - you couldn't tell that by what appears on our television screens.

"Are black people normally playing petty criminals? Are women always the love interest or talking about men?," he asked.

His comments follow similar criticism over the lack of black Oscar nominees last week.

Idris Elba was speaking at a parliamentary meeting organised by Channel 4 looking at diversity in the creative media.

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