Idris Elba reveals he was threatened at gunpoint in the US after attempting to stop a man threatening his girlfriend: ‘I nearly lost my f***ing life!’
Some of Idris Elba’s most memorable roles have been gun-wielding characters, but the actor was left terrified after being threatened at gunpoint during an altercation in the U.S.
‘I nearly lost my f***ing life, after attempting to stop a man threatening his girlfriend outside a club,’ the Hackney-born actor reveals.
‘A guy (was) whaling on his missus, screaming in her face, “I’ll f***ing kill you,” and so on. I come round and I go “Look how beautiful she is. Why would you talk to this beautiful princess like that?”
The Luther star, 50, who is married to model Sabrina Dhowre, says: ‘He pulled out a gun, stuck it right in my face, and goes, “You talking about my girl?”’
‘He thought I was trying to hit on her. I remember thinking, “Don’t play negotiations like that… Consequences, man.” ’
Drama: Some of Idris Elba’s most memorable roles have been gun-wielding characters, but the actor was left terrified after being threatened at gunpoint during an altercation in the U.S
Trouble: ‘I nearly lost my f***ing life, after attempting to stop a man threatening his girlfriend outside a club,’ the Hackney-born actor reveals
Elba also revealed that he and Prince Harry became friends after saying: ‘Yo’ to each other in nightclubs.
The British actor and DJ told the Smartless podcast: ‘I was DJ-ing in all these clubs where Harry would show up and he was like “Yo!” and I’m like “Yo!” And then at one point he was like, “Listen man, I’m getting married.” I was like, “Yo! That’s amazing.”
‘He goes, “I want you to DJ.”‘ Harry went on to make a request. ‘I was like, “I don’t do requests!”‘ Elba recalled.
He went on to attend the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May 2018, and he did DJ at the reception afterwards at Frogmore House.
In March 2023, the London-based actor, who has had a highly successful career in the music industry, having played at Ibiza nightclubs and festivals, even revealed who the best dancer was at the party.
He told ET Canada: ‘I think Meghan was the one that was really like letting it go. You know, she was real… She just had a lot of fun. It was her wedding. So she had the greatest time.’
The Luther actor previously revealed that it was the Duchess, 41, who provided him with a list of all the tracks to be played on the big day.
Harry and Meghan tied the knot in front of millions worldwide at St George’s chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19 2018.
Action packed: The actor is famed for his gritty TV and film roles, among them crime drama Luther (pictured)
As well as their families, the guest list expanded to a number of celebrities including the Beckhams, George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey.
In a previous interview Idris revealed he thought Prince Harry was ‘joking’ when he offered him the gig.
Speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he spoke about how the Duke came to offer him the job, saying: ‘So Harry and I have hung out a couple of times through his dad’s [Prince Charles] charity – The Prince’s Trust – which helped me out when I was a young actor.
‘Harry came to a couple of parties that I DJed and he was like, “What are you doing on [May 19]?”‘
The actor explained he was stunned when he was approached for the enviable role: ‘I told him nothing and then he asked if I would DJ at his wedding… I was like is this a joke?’
He added: ‘That was an incredible experience. I was curating the music for that night, so it was a lot of pressure, but it was great. A vibe.’