Idris Elba attends the UK Premiere of Molly's Game at the VUE Cinema

Idris Elba has tested positive for coronavirus

Luther star broke the news on social media

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Idris Elba has tested positive for coronavirus, the British actor has revealed today.

The Luther star took to Twitter on Monday (16.03.20) to reveal he had been diagnosed with the virus and has been isolating since he found out he had “possible exposure” to COVID-19.

He shared on his social media pages: “This morning I tested positive for Covid 19.

“I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus.

“Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing … No panic. (sic)”

I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus.

Idris also posted a two-minute long video alongside his wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba, who he said had not been tested for the virus, and urged people to take COVID-19 seriously and practise social distancing and washing hands.

Idris Elba during the filming of the Graham Norton Show at The London Studios, south London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening (Ian West/PA)
Actor has advised people to be pragmatic (Credit: BBC)

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The 47-year-old actor – who has children Isan, 18, and Winston, five, from previous relationships – went on to insist that their families and colleagues have been very supportive and has hailed “transparency” as the key.

Idris isn’t the only celebrity to test positive for coronavirus.

Bond star Olga Kurylenko – who is best known for starring in Quantum of Solace in 2008 – announced on social media that she has tested positive for coronavirus after suffering from fever and fatigue.

Alongside an image of a window inside her house, Olga wrote: “Locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus.

“I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously! (sic)”

Tom revealed last week he had been diagnosed (Credit: Splash)

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Fellow Hollywood star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have also been confirmed to have the virus, with the star recently revealing he is taking things “one-day-at-a-time” as they recover in Australia.

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