Idris Elba reflects on 2013

Idris Elba

Idris Elba is happy he “made it through” 2013.

The year has been one of mixed emotions for the star, with highs including his casting as Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and finding out his girlfriend Naiyana Garth is pregnant.

He also had to deal with the death of his father and the passing of Mandela on the night of the film’s premiere in London.

“There have been highs and amazing lows, but I’m here and I’m happy I am and made it through the year,” he smiled to BBC Radio 1.

“[A high was] when I found out my girlfriend was pregnant! [She’s due] next year, April!”

The 41-year-old has been busy promoting the film and complained the constant flying means he’s come down with a chest infection.

He joked that being a little raspy makes his voice even sexier and that he doesn’t want to be miserable despite his ailment.

“I feel bad ’cause it’s the holiday season and everyone wants to be cheerful and I come in like Scrooge,” he laughed.

Despite his packed schedule, Idris has been making time to see his family.

He’s looking forward to some much-needed rest over the holidays.

“The film opens in the US on Christmas day, so between now and Christmas I have more press, but I am gonna get rest. I’m so excited, my family is going to come round. It’s gonna be the first Christmas without my dad, which I’m really sad about – but my family is getting together and we’ll have fun,” he explained.

Idris added that his family have been very supportive and that they’ve all been “bonding”.

He’s played huge characters in TV shows Luther and The Wire and in the Mandela movie.

However, he wouldn’t rule out smaller parts.

“I get all sorts of weird scripts; more so now,” he mused.

“[I’ve done] great stuff and stuff that hasn’t made the same radar but that I’ve enjoyed doing. You’ve gotta have a balance; I’ve probably only ever worked once a year so I like to do challenging things. I can’t just play major characters all my life; I want to mix it up. I’d love to do some comedy.”

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