Adrian Lester, the star of BBC One show the Hustle has admitted that working as a black actor in Britain is frustrating and that they ‘have a long way to go’.

The 43-year-old told The Radio Times

As a black actor you’ll only see yourself travelling as far as people like you have travelled. If no one like you is doing what you’re doing it’s very hard for you to see yourself going further, and you get frustrated.

Adrian, who trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has gone on to appear in a number of feature films and programs, including EastEnders and even directed an episode of the Hustle. But despite this he still feels that black actors in Britain are struggling.

He added:

At the moment a lot of dramas with non-white actors in them feel as though they have to justify that presence. Fine – but the presence is there, justified or not. We’ve got a long way to go, but it’s getting better.

The Birmingham born star has expressed that his plans for the future involve trying his luck in Hollywood. Well if Idris Elba can do it, so can you!