I am very critical of my own work: Idris Elba

PTI| Updated: Oct 20, 2013, 16:31 PM IST

Los Angeles: Actor Idris Elba says he has only seen a few episodes of `The Wire`, with which he rose to fame, as he is very critical of his work.

The 41-year-old actor, who played a drug-dealing businessman Russell Bell in the show, has seen only a handful of episodes of the HBO series, reported TMZ online.

"I have seen a full episode at screenings but never at home. I have never watched an entire season. I have not seen any episode of season two, most of season three and none of seasons four and five. I am super critical of my own work," Elba said.

The `Obsessed` star also feels that an actor should always strive for excellence.

"As an actor, if you are 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," he said.