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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

Elba joins Winnie and Zindzi Mandela at film premiere

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.