Idris Elba And David Oyelowo Receive Top Honors From Queen Elizabeth


Idris Elba and David Oyelowo received a high honor from Queen Elizabeth Tuesday (December 29) when both actors made the Queen’s annual New Year’s honor list.

Elba, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his work in the Netflix original film Beast of No Nation and BBC’s Luther, was humbled by the honor.

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“Awards and honors come in all shapes and sizes and all as significant as the other. But this is beyond special as it comes from Queen and country, and I couldn’t be more proud for receiving this right now. What a year. On me head son!” Elba said in a statement.

Oyelowo was also honored for his services to drama, found the honor to be a heartfelt. Long before his role as Dr. Martin Luther King in the Ava DuVernay directed film Selma, an 18-year-old Oyelowo received a grant from Prince Charles’ charity the Prince’s Trust, which allowed him to join a youth theater production his family couldn’t afford.

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“To be honored by the Queen in this way having been aided by her son’s charity feels like a beautiful full-circle moment.”

Congrats are in order to both actors.