UK News: Idris Elba And David Oyelowo Recognised In The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List

Idris Elba and Oyelowo

Idris Elba and Oyelowo

Actors Idris Elba and David Oyelowo will both receive OBE’s (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for their services to Drama. 

In response to the news Elba said:

“Awards and honours 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!”

Oyelowo recalled how at 18, the Prince’s Trust gave him a grant of £325 so he could join a youth theatre production that his parents could not afford. 

He said:

“That production set me on the path to becoming an actor” 

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

Let us not forget that both actors had to pack up, move and succeed in America before “Queen and country” acknowledged their greatness. 

Never forget!

Congratulations Idris and David.

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