The virtual BAFTA awards ceremony will honour Idris Elba this year for his incredible performance on the TV series Luther. The BAFTA Special Award for television is a highly sought after award, and it comes as the highest honour.
Elba is being recognized for his ongoing performances over his exceptional career.
Idris Elba awarded BAFTA's highest honour
Elba is being recognized for not only his dedication to the roles he takes on but also for his continued support of diversity which has provided opportunities for rising 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," Elba said.
"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," he continued.
His role on BBC's mini-series Luther has rewarded the actor with a Golden Globe win, and four Primetime Emmy Awards.
Elba also owns a production company, Green Door Pictures, and its main goal is to continuously provide opportunities for diverse talent, supporting the idea of inclusivity.