Idris Elba: Fighter (Episode 3)

As a Hollywood star, Golden-Globe winning, Emmy Award- nominated actor and producer Idris Elba has made a career of playing a tough guy. Now he’s about to find out if he really is one. He’s set himself an extraordinary personal challenge to become a pro kickboxer in just 12 months. But even with the help of the best trainers in the world can someone with no experience become a genuine contender in the bloodiest of sports?

In the brand new series, IDRIS ELBA: FIGHTER, Elba will undertake the most demanding experience of his career – training to become a professional kickboxer and ultimately compete against a seasoned fighter in a no-holds-barred bout.


Shot on location in Great Britain, Cuba, Japan, South Africa and Thailand, this is no act. There is no script. This fight is real as are the potential repercussions.

During Idris’ blood, sweat and tears training, he will discover what it really takes to be a professional fighter and will push himself to the limit to overcome pain and fear, master specialised techniques and skills, and ensure both his body and mind are fighting fit. His fame absolutely does not guarantee him a place in the ring; that has to be earned.

Elba, who is no stranger to fight training, used to train kickboxing for fitness throughout his twenties, but he has never fought professionally. He will be mentored by former world champions, trainers, and coaches, and span the globe to incorporate unorthodox training methods and fitness regimes to increase his chances in the main event.

On his inspirational journey Idris will go to physical and mental places he’s never been before, just to find out what it takes to be a fighter.