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Idris Elba to Film a Documentary for British Charity

February 2, 2010, 9:58 am GMT

Idris Elba gives back to the British organization for helping him at the beginning of his career by appearing in a short documentary exposing the problems of British youths.

Idris Elba

"The Wire" star Idris Elba is giving back to the British charity which helped to kick start his acting career by filming a motivational documentary for the organization. The London-born actor is an anti-crime ambassador for U.K.-based charity the Prince's Trust, set up by British royal Charles, Prince of Wales. The company gave him a $2,400 grant as a teenager, which paid for his place at the National Youth Music Theater.

And now Elba has stepped in front of the camera to film a short documentary highlighting the troubles facing the youths of modern Britain. He says, "I grew up around people who have gone through hardship and crime and I knew people who were criminals. My character in 'The Wire' harvests kids who have come out of school and into crime. But there are a lot of talented kids out there who just need a foot in the door."

He adds, "A lot of the young people I see through my work with the Prince's Trust have no money or support. But there is something out there for them, and people willing to help."

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