Idris Elba lands surprising new role as a nanny

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Even though Idris Elba recently got engaged and will be a hubby soon, he’s prepping to play an eternal bachelor in a new Netflix series called Turn Up Charlie, Deadline reports.

The comedy series will center on Elba as a struggling DJ who becomes a male nanny or “Manny” to help his best friend with her problematic kid.

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“Turn Up Charlie” is a UK comedy series from Brown Eyed Boy Productions, the Endemol Shine UK-backed production company run by Gary Reich, Deadline reports.

Eight half-hour episodes have been ordered, which Elba is executive producing.

We might be used to the Luther and The Wire star playing sexier roles, but Idris Elba will be taking a blast to the past to portray Walter Easmon, a family man in 1980s London; a character and storyline that are loosely based on his childhood, according to Variety.

Idris Elbafresh off a surprise marriage proposal at a film screening, is also taking his talents back to the British small screen this spring when he stars in a story based on his own childhood in a UK-produced comedy called In the Long Run.

The story follows the life of Walter, who works in a local factory alongside friend and neighbor Bagpipes, who is played by British comedian Bill Bailey. The ensemble cast also includes veteran Black UK actors Jimmy Akingbola of the CW’s Arrow, and Madeline Appiah.

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