‘Luther’ Star Idris Elba Nominated For Two NAACP Image Awards

Idris Elba

Idris Elba, who plays the title role on BBC America’s Luther, can add a couple more accolades to his Golden Globe nomination. The British star is nominated for two NAACP Image Awards, including Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special for his role in Luther. (The series also received a nod for Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.)

Elba is also up for the Outstanding Supporting Actor for his part in the film Takers. Also nominated in his category are Don Cheadle (Brooklyn’s Finest), Michael Ealy (For Colored Girls), Samuel L. Jackson (Mother and Child), and, don’t laugh, Justin Timberlake (The Social Network). OK, you can laugh.

Also of note: British Doctor Who alum Gugu Mbatha-Raw is nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her part in the now-cancelled NBC spy drama, Undercovers. She competes against Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy), Jada Pinkett Smith (HawthoRNe), Regina King (Southland), and Wendy Davis (Army Wives).

According to the official website, the annual NAACP Awards “celebrate the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice.”

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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