"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."