June 25th, 2010
10:40 AM ET
There has been a bit of a British invasion in Miami recently .
The American Black Film Festival is being held in that city and quite a few black Brits showed up in support and celebration of the festival’s ambassador, actor Idris Elba.
Elba, best known for his work on HBO’s “The Wire” and NBC’s “The Office,” has been making the rounds at the festival where he has two films, the action-thriller “Takers” and “Legacy,” where he plays a mentally unstable Black Ops operative.
The actor said he’s been coming to the festival for a few years and is “happy to be part of a thriving and growing film community.”
“For me, as an actor, it’s great to see the work ABFF is doing,” Elba said Thursday morning at the organization’s Founder’s Brunch held to thank sponsors of the festival.
Emma C. Thomas has worked with Elba on his BBC crime thriller “Luther,” which is soon to come to BBC America.
“He’s our homeboy,” Thomas said of Elba. “I came all the way from the U.K. to be here and my friend came from the Cayman Islands. We are so proud of him."
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