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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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‘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.”