Star of cult TV drama The Wire actor Idris Elba who has been praised for his big screen portrayal of Nelson Mandela, has said he sees himself as "an odd, tall black man that doesn't quite fit in".
The east London-raised star, who is rumoured to be in line to be the next actor to play James Bond, believes his career is his biggest achievement because "every job I ever got I had to fight for".
He told the Mail on Sunday Event magazine: "I'm an odd, tall, black man that doesn't quite fit in. And here I am 25 years later in what I consider to be a very well-rounded career."
This hard-earned success, which includes the title role in the detective series Luther, has come with regrets.
The 42-year-old notes that his personal life has taken a hit due to his career. "I sacrificed it to be where I am as an actor. So my relationships have suffered," he told the magazine.
Despite this Elba says that the last time he felt really happy was when his son Winston was born in April 2014, recalling that he got to watch "the magic that is childbirth".
He also describes getting his big break in The Wire as "like winning the lottery".
It has been claimed that a leaked memo from a hack at Sony Entertainment said Elba is a Sony executive's favourite to replace Daniel Craig as the spy James Bond.