English actor Idris Elba will be honored with the Bafta special award for television later this month.
The star gained popularity forboth his craft and for championing diversity and new talent.
Idris Elba said that it was “a great privilege”. He also said that it was ‘his mission’ to promote emerging talent.
“It’s been a mission of mine to provide opportunity and access to emerging talent from diverse backgrounds in this industry, which is the same opportunity I received many years ago from open-minded and diversity conscious casting,” said Elba.
“I thank Bafta for recognizing myself and others who are dedicated to the same cause, as these are all necessary steps towards helping to shift the awareness and understanding of the diversity gap in entertainment.”
Earlier, the award has been given to popular figures including Clare Balding, Cilla Black, Sir Lenny Henry, and commentator John Motson.
Elba gained recognition as Stringer Bell in The Wire. He was also popular for his title role in BBC crime drama Luther.
He created a production company Green Door Pictures in 2013 with a focus to promote new talent.
With a grant from the Prince’s Trust, he was able to take up a place at the National Youth Music Theatre.
Amanda Berry, chief executive of Bafta (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), called Elba “one of Britain’s best-known actors in the UK and internationally”.
“He is also a driving force for championing diversity, ensuring talented people from all backgrounds achieve their potential,” she added. “We’re delighted to recognize Idris, and his outstanding work, at this year’s ceremony.”