Idris Elba Doesn’t Want To Be Called A ‘Black Actor’: ‘It’s Just Skin’

  • Idris Elba fired back at critics after taking heat last month for revealing that he no longer describes himself as a “black actor.”
  • The Luther star, 50, who is of Ghanaian and Sierra Leone Creole heritage, sparked a social media backlash when he detailed how he thought the “black actor” label put him in a ‘box’, and that an “obsession” with race can hinder aspirations and growth.
  • He told Esquire: “We’ve got to grow. We’ve got to. Our skin is no more than that: it’s just skin. Rant over.”