The Wire star Idris Elba admits he was thrilled to discover US President Barack Obama identifies with his role of John Luther in crime drama Luther.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, the 40-year-old actor said: ''The Obamas invited me to the White House and I had fun, a good time.

"David Cameron and his wife [Samantha] were there - he is a 'Luther' fan and so is Barack Obama.

''When I saw the president I said, 'Mr. President, I hear I am not your favourite character in The Wire, and he said, 'Well, yeah, but Luther - that's me.' ''

When asked about his current project Pacific Rim, Idris lamented the fact that there are no A-list stars in the movie.

He added: ''You pay £15 to see this movie and essentially there is not a star in it. I'm not [a star]. This is a worldwide market - when this opens in Japan they are not going to say, 'Oh, Idris Elba!'''