Idris Elba horses around as he shoots new film Concrete Cowboy in Philadelphia

IDRIS Elba shows not only fools and horses work as he straddles a nag on a movie set.

The Luther star, 47, rode a horse alongside Stranger Things' Caleb McLaughlin, 18.

They were filming Concrete Cowboy, due out in September, in the streets of Philadelphia.

It comes after Idris received a special award for his contribution to television at tonight’s virtual Bafta TV Awards.

Speaking before the event, the London native said it was “a great privilege” and that it was his “mission” to help give opportunities to growing talent in the industry. 

He also took the opportunity to chat about his first acting gig, insisting that he's not embarrassed to have broken onto TV by playing a murderer on Crimewatch.

Idris said: "I was thankful for the job. It sounds weird but, at the time, getting a job on Crimewatch was the first rung on the ladder.

"A lot of actors don’t like to admit they did Crimewatch, but I’m not embarrassed by it."

He also revealed the highlight of his career was playing Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom in 2013.

He said: "Getting to play Nelson Mandela – that brings a lump to my throat. It was an honour to portray him.

"I dedicated that role to my dad. He reminded me of Mandela, with his big white hair and infectious smile.”

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