Idris Elba reportedly angers neighbours with plans to build recording studio in basement

Actor-turned-DJ hoping to convert his £2.5m London home

Idris Elba is reportedly planning to build a recording studio in the basement of his London home, angering his neighbours in the process.

The actor-turned-DJ, known for his roles in The Wire and Luther, is allegedly planning to build a state-of-the-art studio in the basement of his Grade II-listed £2.5 million Hackney house to use for “film, TV and music post-production”. The studio would be open for 15 hours a day, seven days a week. Elba’s proposed plans have been submitted to the local council, the Daily Mail reports.

Elba’s neighbours are said to be “furious” over the plans, with one neighbour reportedly telling the Mail: “There is almost unanimous upset. We know he’s a DJ and we don’t want the noise. There was a charity based in his house before and they sold it to him. It’s been quiet up to this point.”

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Meanwhile, Elba is raffling off the chance for one competition winner to go out with him on a Valentine’s Day date. He is raising money for the charity W.E. Can Lead, which seeks to help schoolgirls in Sierra Leone “become a new generation of dynamic female leaders.”

Elba’s latest fundraising effort for the charity will see him raffle himself off for a date on February 14, where you can spend a romantic evening in the company of the 44-year-old actor – who promises cocktails, champagne and the ordering of “whatever your heart desires.” The lucky winner will also be flown out for the date, before being whisked off to a four-star hotel.

Back in August, Elba said that there was “a good chance” that Luther might return to the small screen in the future.