Actor Idris Elba has Charles, Prince Of Wales to thank for his Hollywood career because the British royal's grant-giving trust enabled him to follow his acting dreams as a teen.

The Wire star couldn't afford the fee to join the National Youth Music Theatre, so he applied for a Prince's Trust hand-out after he learned he had been accepted - and was given $3,100 (£2,000).

Elba has since become a Prince's Trust ambassador in Britain and he insists the heir to the throne is a great guy.

Appearing on U.S. Tv show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday (09Jul13), the actor said, "He's the coolest (guy). He's smooth... He's got this ring, he's got the slicked-back hair, he looks like a gangster."