A screengrab taken from the SABC live feed shows Oprah Winfrey, her partner Stedman Graham (L) and Richard Branson (R) at the funeral service of Nelson Mandela in Qunu. Photo: AFP / SABC

Qunu -

British actor Idris Elba was among the dignitaries who attended the funeral of the former president Nelson Mandela in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, on Sunday.

Elba played the character of Mandela in the movie recently released about his life.

Funeral programme director ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said Elba had been nominated for an award for his portrayal of Mandela in the movie, titled Nelson Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom.

Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey and US actor Forest Whitaker were also among the dignitaries. - Sapa