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DCI John Luther Voted Idris Elba's Best Character

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DCI John Luther Voted Idris Elba's Best Character

The people have spoken and DCI John Luther is Idris Elba's best character.

To celebrate the actor's birthday - he's 48, if you can believe that - we asked LAD readers which of his iconic roles stands out.

Well, the troubled detective came out on top, and it really wasn't even close. At all.

In the end, Luther took 61.5 percent of the 4,729 votes cast, while some way off in second place was Stringer Bell from The Wire with 17.2 percent, Heimdall from Thor and the Marvel Cinematic Universe followed in third with 15.7 percent, and way, way down the pecking order was Charles Miner from The Office US with a paltry 5.7 percent.

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All in all, it was a total shafting.

But with such a contentious topic, there were always a few who were going to be a little upset, and most of them felt Stringer was his most compelling character.

Commenting on the poll, one disgruntled fan said: "Anyone who isn't picking Stringer Bell has not seen The Wire."

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A second quipped: "Imagine not picking Stringer Bell."

While another upset follower added: "Obviously not watched The Wire."

This very one-sided result comes a few weeks after Elba revealed that the anticipated Luther movie 'is happening' - and apparently the 'sky is the limit' when it comes to seeing his titular detective portrayed on the big screen.

DCI Luther has been voted Idris Elba's best character. Credit: BBC
DCI Luther has been voted Idris Elba's best character. Credit: BBC
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The Hollywood actor discussed the project backstage at the 2020 BAFTA TV Awards after receiving the Special Award for his contributions to TV as an actor, writer and producer.

Elba told Digital Spy: "I've maintained I'd like to see it come to a film, and that is where I think we are heading towards...

"And I'm looking forward to making that happen. It is happening."

The star went on to discuss his ambitions to scale up the psychological crime drama, allowing for DCI John Luther and co. to take their crime-solving saga global.

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He added: "With film, the sky is the limit. You can be a little bit more bold with the storylines. And a little bit more international, and a little more up the scale. But John Luther is always going to be John Luther."

Topics: BBC, Luther, UK Entertainment, Twitter

Dominic Smithers
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