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Elba 'petrified' by severe asthma attack

1 of 1 Idris Elba found his asthma attack very scary
Idris Elba found his asthma attack very scary

Luther actor Idris Elba has spoken out about his terror after suffering an "overwhelming" asthma attack on a plane as he headed to the premiere of his new movie over the weekend.

The 41-year-old British actor, who missed a planned news conference in Johannesburg for his Nelson Mandela biopic, admitted that the attack was "very scary."

Contact Music quote the star as saying: "I've battled asthma most of my life and it just overwhelmingly took me down while I was on a plane. It was very scary."

The biopic tells the real-life story of the anti-apartheid leader's life journey from childhood to becoming the first democratically-elected president of South Africa.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is due for release in January.

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