Sandisiwe Mbhele

By Sandisiwe Mbhele

UX Content Writer

WATCH: ‘I almost fainted’ – UCT student describes spotting Idris Elba

UCT students spotted award-winning actor Idris Elba in Cape Town this week and there was much pandemonium from his sighting.

British actor Idris Elba was spotted multiple times in Cape Town, particularly by varsity students this week.

Students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) posted on Twitter, sharing they had just spotted the award-winning actor. 

This is not the first time the actor has come to South African shores. The last time he was in the country was in 2021 when he shot his movie Beast.

Elba has openly shared that Mzansi has a special place in his heart. 

Spotted in Cape Town

According to reports, Elba’s presence at UCT is part of his broader version of working with African creatives.

It was announced two weeks ago that in partnership with Nollywood actor Mo Abudu, they will be telling African stories through emerging new talent.

The productions would be coordinated with Green Door Pictures, Elba’s founded company which specialises in film, TV and digital production.

Pictures were shared by UCT students of Elba and the production crew at the campus. He reportedly has been in Cape Town since Tuesday and it’s unclear for which movie.

UCT student with TikTok username DKR Royalty posted a video of Elba doing what he does best.

The student said they couldn’t believe the actor was filming near his room, that he “almost fainted”, adding the lengths he went to try and get a picture with the star.

WATCH: UCT Students spot Idris Elba filming in Cape Town

@dkrroyalty Idris disturbed my public holiday catching up😭#idriselba,#UCT,#fyp ♬ original sound – DKR Royalty

Twitter reactions: 

Green Door Pictures and EbonyLife

On the partnership with Green door pictures, Abudu said: An exciting partnership brewing with @ebonylifefilms to empower and uplift talent from Africa and the Diaspora through education and a slate of projects.

“The goals are to replicate the successful model of the EbonyLife Creative Academy across the continent and to develop a slate of feature films and TV series that originate from Africa or the Diaspora for a global audience.“

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The agreement will also see Nigerian students in EbonyLife be given the skills and experience to compete in the entertainment industry, CNN reported.

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