At the BAFTA Awards, which will take place online on 31 July, British actor and producer Idris Elba will receive a special award “For Creative Contribution to Television and Support for Diversity”. BAFTA Executive Director Amanda Berry said:
Idris is one of the most famous British actors in the world with a long and successful screen career. He is also a driving force in advocating for racial diversity, ensuring that talented people from all walks of life can reach their potential. We look forward to honoring Idris and his outstanding work at this year’s ceremony.
In 2013, Idris Elba opened the production company Green Door Pictures, which specializes in the search for previously unknown talents. The actor reacted to the news of the award with the following words:
I am honored to be honored with a special BAFTA award. My mission was to provide an opportunity for new talent. After all, I once received such an opportunity many years ago.