December 10, 2015

Idris Elba 2016 Golden Globe® Nomination Rounds Out Multiple Nominations For BBC AMERICA’s Luther

Luther One-Night Event Premieres Thursday, December 17 on BBC AMERICA

Third Lead Actor Golden Globe Nomination

Second Screen Actors Guild Nomination

Two NAACP Nominations for the Stars and the Series

New York, NY  Announced today, BBC AMERICA’s Luther star Idris Elba received his third Golden Globe® nomination for his award-winning lead role as DCI John Luther.  The gripping, psychological thriller makes its highly-anticipated return in a one-night special event on Thursday, December 17, 9:00pm ET on BBC AMERICA.

Ahead of the BBC AMERICA premiere, Elba also earned a 2016 Screen Actor’s Guild nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries as well as a 2016 NAACP Image Award nomination in the same category. Luther is also nominated for an Image Award for Outstanding TV Movie/Miniseries. Click here for more information.

“Wow thank you to the HFPA, who have always been so amazingly supportive of me throughout my career,” comments Luther star Idris Elba. “I’m so excited, in particular, to be recognized for both Luther and Beasts of No Nation.  For Luther, what better way to celebrate the end of a great run than with this stellar acknowledgement.  As for Beasts, I can only hope this attention will get more people to see the brilliance of all that is Cary Fukunaga and my extraordinary co-star Abraham Attah.  I share in this exciting moment with everyone who poured their hearts into these projects and for who I could not have done this without.”

“I couldn’t be happier to see Idris recognized for the extraordinary role that he’s truly made iconic,” said Sarah Barnett, President and General Manager, BBC AMERICA.  “His star quality and massive talent has had a transcendent effect on the detective series and we can’t wait for viewers to watch the fourth installment this month.”

Idris Elba has garnered both Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominations for his role as DCI John Luther, with a Golden Globe® win in 2012.  He was also honored at the 45th NAACP Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.

Luther is a BBC AMERICA and BBC In-House Drama Production co-production distributed by BBC Worldwide. The executive producer is Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC Drama Production, England and the producer is Marcus Wilson.


About Luther

Written and created by Emmy®-nominated writer Neil Cross and directed by Sam Miller, Golden Globe® winner Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation, Star Trek Beyond) returns to his iconic role as a self-destructive near-genius detective on the edge of law enforcement.  Detective Chief Inspector John Luther (Elba) will learn the hard way; he may never be able to walk away from capturing the tormented psychopaths that lurk the streets of London. His attempt to leave the darker side of humanity behind for a chance at a “normal” life is quickly thwarted when he’s drawn into a terrifyingly complex case. A cannibalistic serial killer delivers a devastating blow that not only pulls him out of seclusion but pushes him closer to the edge than he’s ever been.

Luther will be available on Video on Demand and can be purchased on iTunesAmazonGoogle PlayXbox LiveVUDU, and Sony PSN or on Netflix.  It will also be available January 5, 2016 on Blu-ray and DVD.


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