Idris Elba was already an actor and DJ, but the Brit is now also a children's book writer.

The

Luther

star has signed a multi-book deal with HarperCollins, the publishing house reported Monday.

It concerns both picture books and a series of works of fiction.

Idris developed the stories in it together with children's author Robyn Charteris.

In a statement, the actor explains where he gets his inspiration today: "I feel privileged to bring these stories to life, inspired by my daughter and with my wonderful writing partner Robyn Charteris."

It is not clear if there is a character in his book based on daughter Isan, 19, or if the actor ever made up the stories for her.

Idris also has a son, 6-year-old Winston.