Idris Elba wants to make a £1bn bid for Channel 4

The Luther actor’s bold move comes after Nadine Dorres' announcement in April to make the channel private.

Idris Elba

The Luther actor’s bold move comes after the announcement that the channel will be privatised. 

There’s a lot you could do with £1 billion. It’s a huge chunk of money, but it looks like actor Idris Elba is setting his sights on spending that for a whole new business venture.

The government announced their plans to make Channel 4 private a few months back and Elba is now looking to buy it in a surprise move. According to The Times, Elba is in talks to join forces with Marc Boyan, the founder and CEO of The Miroma Group, a company specialising in media marketing and communications, to make a huge bid on the channel.

Culture secretary Nadine Dorries’ announcement in April to make the channel private was met with criticism and controversy. The secretary claimed the government was holding the channel back but many fear that making the channel private will harm its content. Channel 4 airs and produces programmes such as Gogglebox, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Hollyoaks. Russell T. Davies’ acclaimed It’s A Sin was also a Channel 4 production.

It's A Sin

It’s A Sin

Elba, an actor known for his role as Luther in the BBC1 series of the same name as well as his starring roles in The Suicide Squad, Thor and the upcoming George Miller epic Three Thousand Years of Longing. A feature film based on Luther is also in post-production currently with Elba returning as the moody detective.

Elba is quite the entrepreneur. On top of being an A-list Hollywood actor, the star has also worked as a successful DJ and launched his own brand of wine, so it shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise that Elba wants to broaden his horizons once again. 

Elba and Boyan are facing stiff competition as big names such as ITV, Paramount and Warner Bros. Discovery are among those also looking to make their own bids for Channel 4 as well. 

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