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Idris Elba set to star in new BBC3 drama series

The Luther actor is ready for action in BBC3's Five by Five

Published: Friday, 11th November 2016 at 1:05 pm

He may be a Hollywood star, last seen in cinemas in Star Trek Beyond, but Idris Elba is not too big to take part in a series of five short films for online channel BBC3.


Co-produced by BBC Studios and Green Door Pictures, Five By Five has been penned by a host of talent including lead writer Cat Jones, and newcomers Lee Coan, Namsi Khan, Selina Lim and Nathaniel Price.

Set in London, the films will feature people questioning their identity and changing their perceptions in the aftermath of some chance encounters. It’s understood that they can be watched as standalone stories, as well as part of a series.

Elba will star alongside leading cast Georgina Campbell (Murdered by My Boyfriend), Michael Ajao (Cuffs), Ben Tavassoli (New Blood), Ruth Madeley (Don’t Take My Baby), and Sope Dirisu (Humans).

It’s not yet clear who his character will be, though, or how many of the films he will appear in.

The five minute shorts will be directed by Screen International Star of Tomorrow Kate Herron.

“I have spent time with these talented five writers and observed their storylining process,” said Elba. “The scripts are uplifting and incredible, and with this group of young actors now attached to star, BBC3 viewers are in for an absolute blast. I couldn’t be prouder of what they have achieved.”


Filming on the series has commenced and will continue in London for one week.


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