Of course you saw this one coming. Gorgeous Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star Idris Elba has always reigned supreme as the Black woman’s ultimate crush, so it’s only right that we pay tribute to his all-around greatness like only ESSENCE can.
Elba has had a banner year with the release of two high-profile movies: the first was a July release of the action film Pacific Rim but it is his role as Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom that has brought him considerable buzz.
Aside from the talent he delivers on-screen, Elba is also admired by women for his whimsical charm and let it be known, according to Essence: “When Elba smiles, he dazzles. We’re seeing stars, moons and rainbows right about now.”
The magazine chose the British actor to join the league of men who have received the “Sexiest Man Alive” title by a variety of magazines.
People recently released that their pick for this year’s Sexiest Man Alive was musician Adam Levine – and Essence responded with their top pick.