The protagonist of “The Wire” had a difficult childhood in a London slum that was under the control of gangs
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Idris Elba and Prince Charles at a British royal family event (Shutterstock)
British actor Idris Elba , 48, He confessed through a video posted on his Instagram profile that Prince Charles had a very important role in his acting career .
“When I was about 18 years old, I had the wonderful experience of auditioning for The Prince's Trust. They gave me 1,500 pounds that gave me my start and my career, “ said the protagonist of” The Wire “and” Luther “in the clip posted on the account of Prince's Trust, a charity founded by the heir to the throne, whose purpose is to benefit young people in disadvantaged situations.
With the donation, in addition to starting his acting career, Elba moved away from the gangs that were a common denominator in the neighborhood where he lived, in Hackney north of London. So instead of joining a criminal group he started attending the prestigious National Youth Music Theater in the UK. The actor became a goodwill ambassador for the Trust thereafter and in 2010 he made a short film about his experiences with the London drug dealer turned youth helper, Dante Lauder-Hawkins.
The actor, chosen as the sexiest man in the world by People in 2018, also counted the money that helped him cement his future as an actor amid a family financial situation as a teenager, which forced them to live in a pension for a weather.
In addition to acting, the London star is featured on records under the pseudonym DJ Big Driis , has his own clothing line and is married to Sabrina Dhowre , 30.
The love story between them from a movie. “It was love at first sight,” the actor recounted long ago. “I was making a movie called ' Mountains Among Us' in Vancouver. I went out on my only day off, it was a Sunday night, I went to a party, and there she was… the rest was history ”. The couple got engaged in February 2018, a year after meeting. “We have been literally inseparable since we met,” Idris said after the wedding in Morocco in June 2019.
Elba is also a professional kickboxing fighter . He underwent harsh training, under the supervision of former boxer Nigel Benn, for a documentary for the channel Discovery titled Idris Elba: Figther, which premiered in 2017.
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The video released Monday also includes the words of British musicians Naughty Boy and Guy Garvey, as well as “Selma” star David Oyelowo, who walked a very similar path to Elba on stage.
“I was around 17 years old and I really wanted to be a part of the National Youth Music Theater, but my parents and I couldn't afford it, ” said the 44-year-old Golden Globe nominee. “I got the scholarship and was able to be a part of the National Youth Music Theater, and it's really where my desire to become an actor was solidified. And it's also where I met my future wife, Jessica, so I have a lot to thank the Prince's Trust for.
Meanwhile Shahid Khan, Naughty Boy's real name, claimed that he approached the charity when he was 20 years old because he intended to start his own company. “I did not expect them to help me or think I could start my own business”, but thanks to the support he received of 5,000 pounds he was able to buy recording equipment, since then he has become a recognized DJ and has worked with great personalities like Beyoncé and Sam Smith, among others.
Jessica Oyelowo and David Oyelowo at the Oscars (Photo by Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)
Prince Charles explained how he was inspired to start the charity with his Royal Navy pension due to the “destructive hopelessness” caused by mass unemployment in the mid-1970s. “It seemed to me that we should do something to try to do. a difference, however small, ”Charles, 71, told The Telegraph about his desire to help those most in need.
“I have always felt that it is the young people who have lived the hardest experiences who have the most to offer to society,” he added. “They step up to become young leaders, and my Trust does everything possible to support those who have achieved their own success to go out and help others.”