Idris Elba for GQ UK Magazine

Posted on February 20, 2013

Three thousand words:


Idris Elba covers the March 2013 issue of GQ UK magazine photographed by Norman Jean Roy.

One word:



Two more:

You’re welcome.


[Photo Credit: Norman Jean Roy for GQ]

    • emily

      Thank you TLo. This is PERFECT. It is hump day after all…

    • Introspective


      i just got my whole life in these photos. he is so yummy its ridiculous. thanks tlo for making me wake the fuck up today finally.

    • tetisheri

      Yes, please. 

    • Introspective

      and on the second viewing, all the posing with his legs apart has made me melt. 

      • Sobaika

        SERIOUSLY. A little too naughty for a work day, because damn.

    • Danielle Lisle

      You may have three thousand words, but Idris leaves me speechless.

    • filmcricket

      God – or the deity of your choice – bless you both, TLo.

    • Silly Grrl

      That just rendered me stupid. DAYUM. 

    • Ben Smith

      2 out of 3 pictures feature Idris Elba with his legs spread. Ain’t nothing wrong with that. 

      • MrsMaxPower

        The only thing wrong is that it wasn’t an 8 page spread. That man can work an inseam

        • Cindi Williams

          More like an 8-inch spread.

          ba dum dum

          • ecallaw1977

             hahahahahahaha i see what you did there

    • poggi

      He is great and looks good.  He and Fassbender were the two best things (or in my opinion the only good things) about Prometheus .

    • Valdri8

      I have adored him since he played Hilton on AbFab. What a fucking hunk!

    • schadenfreudelicious

      you have made my day gentlemen!

    • Mary Saucier

      I dislike the cover shot, but the other two MORE than make up for it.

      • EditKitten

        Totally agree on that cover. He looks douchey. The rest … sigh.

    • jmorino08

      That last picture is a killer! Sigh…

      • HomeOfficeGirl


    • MaryanneGirl

      I would do terrible…awful…UNSPEAKABLE things to that man. Mamalike. Rawr. 

      • Introspective

        wouldnt we all. by the way im back now for my 5th viewing of these photos. and its still just as good as the first time.

      • tetisheri

        Some of them might actually be illegal in some states. He is just so dreamy. 

        • Maryanne525

          RIGHT?? Holy cow. Have you seen him in Mumford’s video? I die.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      He makes me glad, just glad to be alive! Thanks, TLo!

    • shirab

      He needs to be cast as the next 007, stat.

      • ccinnc

         I read somewhere that he doesn’t want to be typecast as The Black Bond. Too bad, he’d rock it.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          That is a shame.  I’d pay primo bucks to hear Idris say “Shaken, not stirred”….

          • formerlyAnon

             Oh lord, his voice.

          • Alloy Jane

            You just made my day, which has been rough so far.  So Thank You 😀

        • Aniela Marie Perry

          Major shame. I was really hoping that would happen.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            You just know that Idris would totally rock a designer tux as Bond, plus just absolutely kill in the action sequences….ah well, we can all create our own fantasy Idris Elba Bond movies in our minds.

            • schadenfreudelicious

              i’d play his Bond girl anyday….

        • Vlasta Bubinka

          The cover pic kinda says lead in Castro! The musical, or Black Tevye, in Fiddler from the Hood.

      • Pants_are_a_must

        And if not Bond, then Batman.

        I would love to see him as Batman.

      • Melanie Clark

        It’s actually my dream to see him as the next Doctor… it’s far-fetched, but I really love him for it.

      • Rand Ortega

         My vote would be for a “Blacula” remake.

    • Michelle Nguyen

      Stringer Bell meets Rebel Without A Cause. How strangely fitting. :-)

      • makeityourself

        These shots remind me of how much I miss The Wire.

    • Emily Dagger

      He should be a controlled substance. Jesus. 

    • Imasewsure

      Kinda surprised but he’s not doing it for me here at all… I really like the striped t-shirt and the lining on the jacket though…

    • Le_Sigh

      WOOF.  I want to sink my teeth into him – what a satisfying man meal he is.

    • UglyCasanova

      This is how you do a “Guytorial”, here endeth the lesson.

    • Ramon

      What a man, what a man, what a mighty fine man. Or to belabor the point: “What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how

      a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals.” Sorry, can’t help myself. if anybody needs me I’ll at the veranda on my fainting couch.

      • mmc2315

        Thank you.  Sang the second quote like in “Hair”.  :-)

      • Indigo54

         BACK OFF YOU!  I’m working here!  

        Now where were we?  Oh God, take me!  Please, take me now……

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I’ll be reclining on my fainting couch as well, having an attack of the vapuhs….

    • Erika Schultze

      THANK YOU!!! Oh, that MAN!!

    • d4divine

      You guys are hilarious!! Thank you!!

    • jack mackenna

      (incoherent gibbering)

    • Chaiaiai

      I would climb that man like a tree.  

      • mmc2315

        6′ 3″ worth of tree!  Zowsa!

    • Annabelle Archer

      Oh my, yes. This will certainly do.  

    • padma sallah

      The cover does not do him justice at ALL. The inside shots however, GUH. 

      • Tamara Hogan

         I agree. I get a whiff of Village People from that cover.

    • sweet_potato

      Damn is right. Damn!

    • hughman

      This reminds me, I need to watch “Querelle” again. 

    • oatmealpie

      Those pants fit him so well.

    • call_me_schmeg

      if i saw him in real life, i would probably just take off my pants.

      • Rand Ortega

         Involuntary Elba nakedness is not a crime. I looked it up.

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      The scroll wheel on my mouse is going to be broken by the end of the day. Can’t ever get enough of this man. 

    • Carina

      good lord. i need a fan.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        TLo’s post, and this magazine are creating a major shortage of fans across the universe!

    • TieDye64

      THANK YOU! This made my morning. And probably my entire day. Lawd have mercy!

    • Lori Wade Miller


    • Maya

      there is my pretty for the day!

    • Susan Crawford

      Look upon The Mighty, ye boy-banders and douchies and Despair! For this is A Man.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Amen, sister!

    • prettybigkitty

      Day made.  THANK  YOU!!!  Now I need a moment. .. . . 

    • miagain

      he’s so purdy!!

    • MinAgain


    • Rand Ortega

      Anybody got a cigarette?

    • Heather B.

      Good lord. Words fail me.

    • Indigo54

      DAYUM!  ….hot in here. 

    • EEKstl

      I love a man who can wear a good pair of jeans and an attitude.  And I mean WEAR!

    • Sara__B

      I had to Google this hunk of masculinity to find out who he is, and discovered that his face is as handsome as the rest of him. Hard to tell that in these photos, since giving good face is clearly not the point of this photo shoot. Da-yum.

      • out for a walk

        If you have Netflix you should watch Luther, stat. It is full of Idris-Elba-in-tweed-suits… not a bad thing at all.

    • Vanja

      *fanning myself* That man is FINE!

    • Carla_Charlton

      But don’t you all think the cover photo is laughably lame?

      • Imasewsure

        He looks like a drunken dock worker… then he looks like a drunken dock worker who fell off his bike… not getting it here… dunno

      • formerlyAnon

         Yes, but there are enough points between the three photos to average out to stunning.

        And since I’ve seen many better photos of his face and can distantly recall his voice . . . um, there might be some grade curving going on . . .

        • Carla_Charlton

          The third photo is by far the best — he doesn’t need any props.  I guess there’s a starvation effect here — we get so few photos of him that ANY seem good!

      • BrooklynBomber

        I don’t know about laughably, but he’s not really “giving face,” as they say. It just looks like a snapshot.  

        • Carla_Charlton

          It’s the silly styling that I thought was laughable.

          • BrooklynBomber

            It is kind of silly, now that you mention it.

          • Dot

             I can only think Village People.

    • marlie

      I think I need to go outside and get some air after this one. 

    • crash1212


    • bitchybitchybitchy

      It’s a bit blustery in these parts today, but after seeing Idris, I’m fanning myself! DAMN, indeed. Thanks, TLo!

    • Aidan B

      Uggggh I love him so much. It’s unbearable. All of the bitter kittens should watch “Luther” on Netflix. Idris is a total badass in it. A dark, brooding, sexy badass…

    • ChiKat67

      I was so hoping you’d feature this! Best gay uncles EVER!!!!!!!!

    • Shawn EH

      Three more:

      Kustom Kar Kommandos!

    • A.

      Good lord if I had a man look at me like he does on the first pic every morning of my life I would never go hungry again…wait…what!?! He’s so fine!

    • formerlyAnon

      There are humans whose attractions transcend “type.”  Bypass higher brain functions entirely, as a matter of fact.


    • littlemac8

      OMG, I feel faint…(melts in a puddle on the floor)!

    • littlemac8

      I saw the thumbnail and went weak in the knees!!!

    • Zippypie

      Seriously hot – but what’s with the Gilligan hat in the cover photo?

      • Dot

        The hat and overall ensemble is a little Village People in the first shot, but the other shots makes up for that, I think.

    • Pants_are_a_must

      And thus goes the rest of my day.

      Thank you.

    • littlemac8

      Bye Bye….I’m running into the next room to stream Luther!!!!

    • Alyssa

      Ah, thank you! I needed this today! It’s cold and snowing (and I live in OK, where 2″ of snow is the equivalent to a 10-ft blizzard), and now I can imagine Mr. Elba keeping me warm! :)

    • IraKi

      I am not sleeping yet I just had a wet dream!

    • margaret meyers

      Love that vanity plate!  margar3t

    • boweryboy

      Oh my… up to this point I haven’t found him attractive, but god damn! Damn! Damn! Did I mention damn!?

    • greymain

      fanning self profusely.

    • carpediva

      Thank you Uncle TLo! One of the most beautiful men in the world, and a tremendous actor to boot. Love that he’s getting his due.  
      Now come here, Idrissa. Let me shave you all sexy and seductive like.

    • jeeplibby02

      Here’s the inspiration for the photo shoot:

    • mjude

      have no clue who he is but WOW

      • LaSylphide

        Check out season 1 of “Luther”. He’s one of the few men around who can make a business suit look like an invitation to a naughty weekend.

      • PaulaBerman

        Or do yourself a huge favor and watch The Wire. Possibly the best TV show in history, at least for its first 4 seasons.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Yes, Yes, Yes.  The Wire remains at the top of my all time favorite series.  I had no idea that Idris Elba was a Brit-he nailed the American accent as Stringer Bell;as did Dominic West, as Detective McNulty.

          Omar’s coming….

          • PaulaBerman

            Omar Devonne Little is my FAVORITE TV character of all time, right up there with Al Swearengen and Dana Scully. God, that show was extraordinary TV, and nary an Emmy to show for it. Idris Elba can do anything. I <3 him. 

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Have you read the book The Wire-Truth be Told? The author is Rafael Alvarez and the book covers the first three seasons of the series.  It was published in 2004-Mr. B3 gave it to me as a birthday present, as he knew of my deep and abiding obsession with that show.  Yep, never an Emmy…

            • PaulaBerman

              Will totally check that out! I also need to rewatch the series, but not Season 5. To me it was a disappointing end to an epic experience.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I haven’t watched the series in quite some time, and I feel a marathon is necessary.  On a personal note, I was born in Baltimore, grew in the burbs, but it’s my hometown, and I felt that, as tough as the subject matter was, the series captured something true about the city.  Warts and all, it’s still my hometown.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Find “The Wire”, STAT. Elba played one of the major drug dealers in the first three seasons and he was incredible.

    • MilaXX


    • elleg929

      STRINGER BELL!!!!!

    • julnyes

      Yes, this will do nicely.

    • Dot

      HOT DAMN.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      Oh my word…I’ll be in my bunk.

    • victoria rodeno

      Phew, that man  is hotness!!!!

    • Ash

      This made my day. Thank you.

    • MoHub

      Thank you indeed!

    • Eclectic Mayhem


    • LittleKarnak

      I called out sick today but I just started feeling a whole lot better……

    • Melanie Clark

      Two words: Next Doctor. 

      (In my dreams.)

    • thecitysleeps


    • ankali

      Sweet God. I hope I never meet this man in person, as I know I would make a blithering fool of myself at best and a criminal at worst.

    • anotherkate

      “Ello guvna. I’m Idris Alba, and ‘ere’s my crotch.” I mean, I’ll take it, but men’s mags are just as obvious as women’s.

    • capybara_cafe

      Oh my *fans self*

    • korilian

      Bless you.

    • Donyelle

      To quote Grady Wilson “Good goobily goop!” 

    • pookiesmom

      Two words: HELL. YES.

    • amanda lynn

      yes, please.

    • jilly_d


    • AngelaGreen

      Licking work monitor is not professional… I almost did anyway.

    • Alloy Jane

      Aw hell yeah!  Thank you Uncles!!!

    • Andrea B

      Very Tom of Finland… I approve!

    • Alloy Jane

      No way, that’s pure hardcore punk in that cover.  I know he’s British and a skosh too young, but that’s some Banned in DC madness I see.

    • PaulaBerman

      I am going to be slightly ungrateful in wishing that one of these shots had been shirtless…

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Come sit by me and we can be slightly ungrateful about the sad lack of a shirtless Idris together.

        • PaulaBerman

          Girl, there are a notable dearth of such pix on the internet. I just looked, and the only really good one I could find that was not a still from a TV show was on mynewplaidpants on June 8, 2012. Check it out. Yowza. 

    • Carly Warnock

      excellent posing. well done gq.

    • MzzPants

      Um….I…..uh…oo…..uh…..oh, never mind.

    • bd73

      the cover made me burst out laughing. the hat, the stripes, the crotch, the pegged hem. it’s like a “police academy” bit. but the others make for a good evening.

      thank you..

    • snookums lynn

      thank you!!!
      and his quote makes him seem like he might have a sexy mind to go with his other sexiness!!!! I’m the first ME toooo!!!!!

    • travelingcat

      Damn. And now I have to go write a paper and soooo couldn’t care less. I’m fairly certain I could knock out 3 to 5 pages on why Idris Elba is achingly yummy in no time flat. Maybe that will be my warm up. The Hotness of Idris Elba and the Existential Search for Meaning…  *sigh*

    • Aurumgirl

      Yay Yay Yay!

    • tetisheri

      I hadn’t yet. Oh my, is it warm in here or is it just me? 

    • Glam Dixie

      I don’t get it. Just no.

    • jmw1122

      THANK YOU!

    • carolie_king

      Uh…  Cough. Thanks.  Cough cough.  Ahem. Blink. Cough.

    • Lilak

      Door number three, please, Monty … Let me pass through, close the door behind me, and all o’ y’all just walk away.

    • betorah

      Man, oh Manischewitz. That’s so good, it should be illegal.

    • Alloy Jane

      AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!  That was beautiful…

    • Nonmercisansfacon


    • Melvis Velour

      Oh mah stars ‘n garters! 

      Starts fanning himself…

    • Dagney

      Why yes, yes please.

    • Kristy Evans

      Oh man. There is a Tanqueray billboard on my morning commute, and getting to see his sexy stare-down makes traffic worth it.

    • kathrineb


    • SVLynn

      With all the millions of ways you could pose and dress him on the cover, this is what they chose? He is perfection, I hope Luther comes back for another season, love that show!

    • GTrain

      For me it’s “Um No” for the cover but “Mercy!” for the other two shots.

    • kathrineb

      Revisiting this one after many months. So handsome its ridiculous!