The Wire star Idris Elba has confessed he avoids watching episodes of the highly-acclaimed drama as he is too critical of his own work.

The Pacific Rim actor spent three seasons on the popular U.S. series as drug kingpin Stringer Bell and although the show has been touted as one of the best in Tv history, Elba has barely seen the drama.

In an interview with Playboy magazine, Elba confesses, "I've seen a full episode at screenings but never at home. I've never watched an entire season. I've not seen any episode of season two, most of season three, and none of seasons four and five.

"I'm super critical of my own work. As an actor, if you're being told how wonderful you are, what do you need to strive for? I don't know if I'm good just because some critic says I am in the press."