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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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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.

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