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<p>British actor Irdis Elba portrays anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in the film, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” currently in theaters across the country.<br /></p>

British actor Irdis Elba portrays anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in the film, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” currently in theaters across the country.

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Stringer Bell, Luther, Mandela... the album?

Actor Idris Elba releases his first album, "Mi Mandela" next week

It is not easy to capture a man's life in 152 minutes, let alone a life as illustrious and complex as Nelson Mandela's. For London-born actor Idris Elba, who played the South African leader in the 2013 biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," the task was sure to feel Herculean.

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‘The Wire’ star’s long walk to Mandela

Idris Elba gained fame as the tragically aspirational and business-wise gangster, Stringer Bell, on HBO’s critically acclaimed series, “The Wire.”