Nelson Mandela film premiere

The world premiere of the new Nelson Mandela film Long Walk to Freedom will take place in South Africa later today.

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Elba joins Winnie and Zindzi Mandela at film premiere

Idris Elba (L) joins Winnie Mandela (C) and Zindzi Mandela (L) at the premiere of A Long Walk to Freedom.
Idris Elba (L) joins Winnie Mandela (C) and Zindzi Mandela (L) at the premiere of Long Walk to Freedom. Credit: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Idris Elba joined Winnie Mandela, the ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, and her daughter Zindzi Mandela, at the premiere of Long Walk to Freedom in Johannesberg.

Elba plays Nelson Mandela in the film which is expected to be released in the UK on January 3.

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Idris Elba suffers asthma attack en route to South Africa

Actor Idris Elba suffered an asthma attack on his way to the premiere of his Mandela film Credit: REUTERS/Jon Blacker

British actor Idris Elba had to be taken off a South Africa-bound plane and was rushed to hospital after suffering an asthma attack while on his way to Johannesburg to promote his new film A Long Walk to Freedom.

Elba stars as South Africas first black president in Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom

Elba, 41, missed a news conference in Johannesburg today to promote the film Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom after being taken to hospital in the UK. But the film's producer Anant Singh said he was expected to appear at a planned red carpet event on Sunday.