Idris Elba to receive special MOBO award


November 29, 2017
Idris Elba

British actor and Hollywood star Idris Elba will be honoured with MOBO 'Paving The Way' Award for his trailblazing achievements in the arts and his significant contribution to British culture.

The internationally renowned screen and television actor will receive this prestigious award tonight at the 22nd annual MOBO Awards at First Direct Arena, Leeds.

All recipients of MOBO's 'Paving The Way' Award, will pay tribute to the area and place that inspired, influenced, and encouraged them in their chosen career paths, by laying a commemorative paving stone.

Elba will be presented with his stone, which will be inscribed with his own words and embedded at a place of his choosing.

Further details of the paving stone unveiling to follow.

The award is an initiative first created in 2015 to celebrate and honour trailblazers creating a path of excellence for future generations of talent to follow, spanning across music, entertainment, culture and sports.


Elba said he felt incredibly humbled and always felt a need to shine a light and pay a lasting tribute to where he came from.

"Thank you MOBO for finally giving me that opportunity with Paving The Way. As someone who once faced homelessness, I know how important it is to have access to something better, to feel inspired and reach for your dreams," he said.

Elba won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Mini-series or Television Film, in 2011 for his role in Luther.

He earned critical praise for his portrayal of the revolutionary leader Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

He has also been nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award and won a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in 2015's Beasts of No Nation.

In 2016, he was named in the TIME 100's Most Influential People In The World list.