Nelson Mandela 'fine' but 'frail', daughter reveals at premiere

Nelson Mandela's daughter has revealed her father is at a premiere of a film about the former South African president's life. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also attended the UK premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.

Idris Elba and Naomie Harris hail legacy of Mandela

British stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris have hailed the legacy of Nelson Mandela at the premiere of a film about the former South African president's life.

Both Elba and Harris star in Justin Chadwick's big-screen adaptation of Mandela's autobiography of the same name.

"I think he means freedom and forgiveness. I think Mandela's legacy for me is forgiveness," Elba said.

Idris Elba and Naomie Harris pictured at the premiere. Credit: PA Wire

Harris added: "He is an incredible individual who, despite having 27 years of his life taken away, still has compassion, understanding and forgiveness when he came out of prison. That's just extraordinary.

"It is healing for South Africa and the world as well."

The film follows the leader's life from his childhood, his 27 years imprisoned on Robben Island through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected President of South Africa in 1994.

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William and Kate arrive for Mandela film premiere

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended the London premiere of the new film about the life of former South African president Nelson Mandela.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the premiere.

The Royal couple reached the red carpet just over an hour after the stars of the film, including Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, arrived.

The Royal couple arrived on the red carpet a little over an hour after the stars of the film. Credit: PA Wire

Once inside, William and Kate met Cinema and Television Benelovent Fund trustees, beneficiaries, Mr Mandela's daughter and members of the film's cast and crew.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is due to be released on January 3 in the UK.

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Nelson Mandela 'is fine but frail'

Nelson Mandela's daughter has revealed her father is "fine" but "frail" at a premiere of a film about the former South African president's life.

"My father is fine. He's 95 years old and he is pretty frail. We are hoping to see more of him," she said of the former South African leader, who is in ill health," Zindzi Mandela said.

Zindzi Mandela arriving at the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Credit: PA Wire

Mandela is receiving medical treatment at his home in Johannesburg after he was previously admitted to hospital in June for a recurring lung infection.

Zindzi Mandela joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the film's stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris on the red carpet at Leicester Square for the UK premiere.

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Idris Elba arrives at premiere of Nelson Mandela film

British actor Idris Elba has arrived at the London premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

The 41-year-old stars as Nelson Mandela in the story of the former South African president's upbringing and subsequent 27-year imprisonment.

The film, which also stars British actress Naomie Harris as Mandela's ex-wife Winnie, is due to be released on January 3 2014 in the UK.

The actor stars as former South African president Nelson Mandela in his latest film. Credit: PA Wire
Idris Elba arriving for the Royal Film Performance of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Credit: PA Wire
Idris Elba pictured alongside co-star Naomie Harris. Credit: PA Wire

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