Idris Elba To Receive BAFTA Special Award

Idris Elba attending the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2018 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in Covent Garden, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 18, 2018. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire. Restrictions: Editorial Use Only

Idris Elba To Receive BAFTA Special Award

The "Luther" star will be crowned with the honor for "creative contribution to television.”

Published July 21st

Written by BET Staff

A special recognition is on the way for actor Idris Elba!

The Luther star will be crowned with the honor for "creative contribution to television" at the 2020 British Academy of Film and Television Awards.  

“It's a great privilege to be honored with the BAFTA Special Award,” Elba said in an official statement to BAFTA. “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.”

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Elba is known for his widely respected film roles in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Thor, Beasts of No Nation, and Molly’s Game.

"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," the award-winning actor continued. 

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The BAFTA TV Awards ceremony will air on BBC One on July 31.

(Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

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