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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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.