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BBC diversity chief says Idris Elba's TV detective Luther 'isn't black enough to be real' because 'he doesn't have any black friends and doesn't eat any Caribbean food' Miranda Wayland said the hit BBC crime drama was only superficially diverse Bosses are now looking to portray minority groups in a more convincing way  BBC will spend £100m of content budget on diverse programming over 3 years

By Tom Pyman For Mailonline

Published: 01:08 BST, 14 April 2021 | Updated: 01:08 BST, 14 April 2021

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The BBC's diversity chief has claimed Idris Elba's TV detective Luther 'isn't black enough to be real' because 'he doesn't have any black friends and doesn't eat any Caribbean food'.

Miranda Wayland said the hit crime drama, which won plaudits for having a strong, black lead character, was only superficially diverse and that corporation bosses are now looking to portray minority groups in a more convincing and rounded way.

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Elba, who first made his name across the Atlantic starring as Stringer Bell in The Wire, cemented his status as a worldwide star by picking up a Golden Globe, among other gongs, for his depiction of the obsessive John Luther between 2010 and 2019.

However, Ms Wayland told the MIPTV conference this week that to achieve true representation, TV chiefs must ensure black characters have an environment and culture built around them that is completely reflective of their background. 

Idris Elba cemented his status as a worldwide star by picking up a Golden Globe, among other gongs, for his depiction of the obsessive John Luther between 2010 and 2019

Idris Elba cemented his status as a worldwide star by picking up a Golden Globe, among other gongs, for his depiction of the obsessive John Luther between 2010 and 2019

Miranda Wayland said the hit crime drama, which won plaudits for having a strong, black lead character, was only superficially diverse and that corporation bosses are now looking to portray minority groups in a more convincing and rounded way

Miranda Wayland said the hit crime drama, which won plaudits for having a strong, black lead character, was only superficially diverse and that corporation bosses are now looking to portray minority groups in a more convincing and rounded way

Who is the BBC's diversity chief? 

Last February, Miranda Wayland was appointed as the BBC's Head of Creative Diversity, which the corporation said was a key move in its commitment to increasing on-air diversity.

Her role involves championing its importance in the creative community, 'with a specific focus on production, content and suppliers'.

She reports to former TV presenter June Sarpong, the BBC's first ever director of creative diversity, and her appointment preceded a commitment last summer to spend £100m of its content budget on diverse programming over three years.

Ms Wayland took the role having previously been part of the

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