Idris Elba's Enders aim
- Bang Showbiz
- 6 May 2010
'The Wire' star Idris Elba wants to appear in 'EastEnders' in order to impress his mother
Idris Elba wants to appear in 'EastEnders'.
The London-born actor - best known for his role as Baltimore drug dealer Stringer Bell in US drama series 'The Wire' - thinks appearing on the long-running BBC soap would impress his mother.
He said: "It's my mum's favourite show and I love being in things my mum likes."
The 'Luther' star admitted he would like his potential character to have links to Leslie Grantham's iconic 'Dirty' Den Watts.
He joked: "I'd play the ghost of Dirty Den or something - or Dirty Den's long-lost adopted son from a previous marriage!"
Idris previously starred in 'Family Affairs' as Tim Webster and admits it can be hard to avoid being typecast once an actor has featured in a soap.
He said: "People who do soaps often have a lot more experience than other actors. They just get known for that character and it's hard for them to move on."
If Idris gets his wish, he could find himself starring on 'EastEnders' opposite Tracy-Ann Oberman after the actress expressed a desire to reprise her role as Den's wife Chrissie Watts, who is currently in jail for her husband's murder.
She said recently: "Some people might say the story was resolved five years ago, that her going to prison was a conclusion in itself. But I meet a lot of people who are curious how Chrissie is getting on behind bars - and I wouldn't mind finding out myself!
"I never felt there was a definitive ending to her story and I think closure would be good.
"Perhaps there was a tragic ending to her time in jail or she has established a close friendship with the governor and become as big a player behind bars as she was in Albert Square. Who knows?"