Idris Elba met with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau shortly before they both tested positive for coronavirus.
The actor, 47, posed with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, 44, at the We Day UK charity event, which took place at the SSE Arena in Wembly less than two weeks ago.
Posing for photos together at the event the pair were in close proximity to each other, as well as other celebrities such as Lewis Hamilton, and attendees.
Interaction: Idris Elba met with Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie (far left) less than TWO WEEKS before they both tested positive for coronavirus (pictured on March 4, at We Day UK event)
Idris had been at the event to discuss social issues with 12,000 schoolchildren and teachers, while Sophie has been working alongside the charity.
Taking to Instagram to share a picture of the two of them together, she gushed: ‘My heart is full after spending time working with my own family and the WE family. Our message in London: Show yourself love and offer that same love to the world.’
Sophie announced she tested positive for the virus last week and had gone into self quarantine, while Idris revealed on Monday that he had coronavirus.
At the charity event, Idris discussed how to combat rising knife crime, as he said of his own experience growing up in London: ‘Happy is my normal. Yes, there was crime. Yes, there was poverty. Yes, there were gangs.
Appearance: Idris discussed social issues with 12,000 schoolchildren and teachers
On stage: Sophie has been working alongside the charity, and discussed this during her appearance at the event
Advice: At the event, Idris told attendees: ‘Speak out about what matters – whether that is fighting against knife crime, global hunger, housing, education, sexism, combating racism’
‘Some of the people I grew up with, people I saw around the neighbourhood, went down the wrong path, ended up doing the wrong thing.
‘I was different. I was lucky, maybe. I wanted different things. I was an only child by immigrant parents from Sierra Leone, West Africa.
‘And they worked hard for what they had. This way of life taught me the importance of independence and relying on myself for my own success.’
Idris continued: ‘You are all capable of making an impact so speak out about what matters – whether that is fighting against knife crime, global hunger, housing, education, sexism, combating racism.
Brave: The Director General of the World Health Organisation has praised Idris Elba after the actor and his wife Sabrina posted a ‘powerful message’ confirming he has coronavirus
‘We all need to be conscious about the world we live in because it is our responsibility to make things better together.’
This comes after Idris was praised by the Director-General of the World Health Organisation for his ‘brave and powerful message’ after confirming he has coronavirus.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, 55, took to Twitter on Tuesday to commend the actor for speaking about COVID-19, telling him to ‘take care and stay strong’.
Idris revealed on Monday he had been tested positive for coronavirus and that he and his wife Sabrina Dhowre, 29, have gone into self isolation.
Dr Tedros wrote: ‘Take care and stay strong, @idriselba! I admire your brave and powerful message to the world. We’re all in this together. Solidarity will beat the #coronavirus. #COVID19.’
Idris said in his video message he ‘feels ok’ and has no symptoms but has decided to self-isolate following his exposure to COVID-19.
Idris shared the video with the caption: ‘This morning I tested positive for Covid 19.
Inspiring: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, 55, took to Twitter on Tuesday to commend Idris’ for his bravery for speaking about COVID-19 (pictured last month)
Stay strong: Dr Tedros wrote: ‘Take care and stay strong, @idriselba! I admire your brave and powerful message to the world. We’re all in this together. Solidarity will beat the #coronavirus’
Isolating: Idris revealed he has tested positive for the coronavirus via Twitter on Monday
‘I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus.
‘Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. No panic.’
Idris confirmed wife Sabrina had not yet been tested but said that she also ‘feels ok’ at the moment.
Isolating: ‘Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. No panic,’ Idris said
The Luther star added he only got tested after coming into contact with someone who later confirmed that they had coronavirus, before quarantining himself and getting tested ‘immediately’.
He received the news of his results this morning.
‘Look, this is serious,’ he continued. ‘Now is the time to start thinking about social distancing, washing your hands. Beyond that there are people out there who aren’t showing symptoms, and that can easily spread it.
Keep calm: The Luther star added he only got tested after coming into contact with someone who later confirmed that they had coronavirus
Reassured: The pair have also told their families and colleagues. Idris finished the clip by saying ‘stay positive and don’t freak out’ (pictured in December 2019)
‘So now is the time to be really vigilant about washing your hands, and keeping your distance.’
The pair have also told their families and colleagues. Idris finished the clip by saying ‘stay positive and don’t freak out’.
Fans were quick to share their best wishes with the star, praising him for using his platform to encourage people to take more precautions.
Take action: ‘Look, this is serious,’ he continued. ‘Now is the time to start thinking about social distancing, washing your hands’
Actress Ava DuVernay wrote: ‘Thank you, @idriselba, for using your platform to educate and inform. No symptoms, but positive.’
But others were quick to point out that his wife Sabrina should have separated herself, as she had not yet been tested for the virus.
Another follower commented: ‘If you are positive, and Sabrina has not been tested then why are you anywhere near her?’
The news comes a week after Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for the novel coronavirus during a holiday to the Gold Coast in Australia.
The Forrest Gump actor and his wife, both 63, announced the positive test results on Instagram urging the public to ‘take care’.
Hanks revealed they had experienced symptoms including the common cold, body aches and chills before they decided to get tested.
Taken ill: The news comes a week after Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for the novel coronavirus during a holiday to the Gold Coast in Australia
Before their diagnosis, the couple had visited crowded Australian hotspots including Bondi Beach and the Sydney Opera House – raising fears that others were infected.
The opera house have been trying to track down 207 people who could have come into contact with the couple at a concert on Saturday night.
And on Sunday night, former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko announced she had tested positive for the now-widespread virus.
Star fever: Bond girl Olga Kurylenko – who starred opposite Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace (pictured 2008) – has tested positive for coronavirus
The 40-year-old, who played Camille Montes in 2008’s Quantum of Solace, said she was diagnosed after feeling ‘ill for almost a week’ with fever and fatigue.
She is now facing days in isolation and posted a picture of her locked window on Instagram last night as she revealed she was ‘locked up at home’.
The Soviet-born actress added: ‘Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!’
Taken ill: The actress (pictured in a photo she shared with her social media followers) said she was taking paracetamol and eating garlic
Under the weather: The 40-year-old, who played Camille Montes in 2008’s Quantum of Solace, said she was diagnosed after feeling ‘ill for almost a week’ with fever and fatigue