Idris Elba rushed to the aid of a fan who suffered a seizure during his play.

The 'Luther' star leapt off stage to help Amanda Bilington when he saw she was having a fit in the audience at the Upper Campfield Market in Manchester during the preview of his new production 'Tree' on Wednesday (03.07.19).

The 33-year-old theatre-goer - who suffers from regular seizures due to an undiagnosed condition - didn't realise the 46-year-old actor was standing by her side until she regained consciousness a little while later and he continued to stay with her until the paramedics arrived to take over her care.

Mrs Bilington told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''I would love to thank him personally, but doubt I will cross paths with him, he's very famous.''

Meanwhile, although Idris is busy with the play at the moment, the 'Mountain Between Us' actor - who is married to Sabrina Dhowre and has children Isan, 17, and five-year-old Winston from previous relationships - needs ''balance'' because he wants to spend as much time as possible with his loved ones.

He said recently: ''Everything's a balance in life. I have to do the work, because it's a popular time for me, and it's best to have that. But also: I'm madly in love with my wife and my children.

''At home, I'm not famous: I'm me. And to my team and my family and the people that I work with every day when we build what we build, we're not famous. You know what I mean? It's day one every day.''

The handsome star wishes he could be more ''obscure'' but still have a successful career.

He explained: ''Daniel Day-Lewis is an incredible actor but does not like to be in the public eye and manages to do the two. I can't do that. I wish I could. I wish I could just be obscure, and no one ever have to see me, and never have to do interviews, and still have the career that he has.''