Idris Elba for Esquire UK Magazine

Posted on October 08, 2013

And now, your Pretty of the Day. Because you’re worth it.


Idris Elba covers the November 2013 issue of Esquire UK magazine photographed by Simon Emmett.



You’re welcome.



[Photo Credit: Simon Emmett for Esquire UK Magazine]

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    • Emily Dagger

      You take such good care of us.

    • Ashley Alvarez

      To quote Pam: SPLOOSH.

      • RussellH88

        You could drown a toddler in my panties right now.

        • JauntyJohn

          Not that you’d want to.

          (Man, that show makes me laugh out loud sometimes.)

        • d4divine

          That’s disgusting…and FUNNY AS HELL!

        • Erica Woods Tucker

          Damn. That’s some serious -ish.

        • Clair Ellis

          Your two dislikes must be from people who’ve never seen Archer. Bc I LOLed.

      • Erica Woods Tucker

        Double Sploosh.

    • annabelle archer

      Of all the celebs who sometimes call my city home, he’s topping my Wish I Could Bump Into Them List.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Adorable. That smile! That salt and pepper… perfect!

    • gabbilevy

      Goodness. *fans self*

    • Melanie Clark

      I think I just got pregnant.

    • lobsterlen

      His smile is lighting up that the grey industrial train yard.

    • hellyesiwould

      Thank you. I needed that.

    • Angelique Johnson

      I just… He says he’s not always getting laid and I can’t… I don’t see how…

      It’s just not possible. It’s not.

      • annabelle archer

        Liar, liar, pants on fire. Here let me help you out of those before someone gets burned.

        • NYCGlamourpuss


      • Heather

        I (and, I’m sure, many others) would gladly rectify that situation for him.

      • Rand Ortega

        Such a dude line. “I’m so lonely”. “I can’t seem to attract the right girl”. & the ladies fly into his arms like he’s an electron magnetic dipole. Oldest trick in the book.

        • TropiCarla

          One would think, but then you read about what happened with his girlfriend and his heartbreak over the baby not being his.

          • Alloy Jane

            Whaaat? Awwww so sad. Poor guy. And for the record, being beautiful does not ensure romantic happiness any more than being homely ensures misery.

          • Rand Ortega

            Brutal. I’m feeling very stabby towards a woman who would do that, let alone do that to a man as amazing as IE.

      • d4divine

        He would def be worth a “free pass”…yum yum

      • Erica Woods Tucker

        He’s sooo lying. He’s getting laid right now… and probably damn well too. Oh lordy, now I need to go change.

    • bellafigura1

      I love the size of this guy. Just perfect. I mean, not to mention all the other obvious omg.

    • ConnieBV

      That is one fine piece of manchocolate. Yum.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      Le sigh….

    • PastryGoddess

      I feel so much better about myself now.

      Also an ovarian explosion is imminent in 5….4…3…

    • Rebecca Bledsoe

      Gorgeous man, always welcome. Gorgeous man in a pea coat, dayum!

    • Aidan B

      Sigh. Perfection.

    • Garcia Loca

      I heart Idris with a little gray!

    • KayEmWhy

      Thank you very much!

    • vicki

      He is totally delish!

    • Kerri

      I just really, really hope the rumors I keep seeing of him being considered for the next James Bond are true because he would be AMAZING. Gimme.

      • NC_Meg

        I didn’t realize he was British until I read some of those rumors. I thought he couldn’t be more attractive but I was wrong.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I can just imagine entire mulitplexes exploding the first time Mr. Elba murmurred “Bond, James Bond”…where do we start the petition drive to get this happening?

        • Aaminah Khan

          I’m pretty sure imagining Luther saying that just made my ovaries explode.

    • Lori

      Idris is truly a thing of beauty.

      The same can’t be said for the magazine’s cover copy, which seems to indicate that what makes the woman on the list maverick-y is being naked. No.

      • formerlyAnon

        This would bother me more if I weren’t entirely jaded and dubious anytime a mainstream publication dubs someone a “maverick.” Really maverick men are unlikely enough, I’m just astonished that Esquire bothered to include a woman, I can’t think of a single woman who’s actually a maverick who’d be REMOTELY palatable to the Esquire reader.

      • formerlyAnon

        Sweet effing Jesus. I googled her. She’s a Victoria’s Secret model. You gotta laugh.

        • Lori

          Oh for Pete’s sake. Nothing against the woman, but being an underwear model married to a rock star is not exactly breaking new ground. [eyeroll]

          I share your cynicism and I don’t expect actual mavericks, male or female, in a mainstream publication because that’s not how things work. I’m just really tired of the fact that when the media presents women, no matter what they’re supposedly highlighting it somehow manages to involve getting naked. Sexy? Naked. Confident? Naked. Up & coming? Naked. Rebellious? Naked Smart? Naked, wearing “sexy librarian” glasses & holding a book. Maverick? Whatta ya know, that’s naked too.

    • mjude

      that is one complete man/look. and i thank you

    • Glam Dixie

      I don’t know, I love him in the pea coat but I just find him so generically attractive. I’ll give my portion away to the other bk’s.

    • NMMagpie
    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Ohhhh…. you somehow found out that it’s my birthday next month? And decided to surprise me by giving me my present early? Bless you, Uncles. Excuse me while I unwrap him…

    • marlie

      That SMILE. OK, I can go home a happy girl.

    • Rand Ortega

      Oh, you hot, buttered f****er.

      Thank you, brothers T & Lo. You’ve just officially made my day.

    • Filmjen

      Even though I’m not super into procedurals–I couldn’t stop watching Luther. He’s got that special something.

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      I am totally getting Mr. Moi dressed up like that next weekend, with no idea I am fakely cheating on him.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Thank you, I needed that after a day from ARGH here at IP Central.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      He really does make a day better…sigh.

    • crash1212

      Thank you! Idris Elba….be still my heart.

    • Lanus

      For me? Why, thank you! (~yoink!~ grabs and runs)

    • ashtangajunkie

      There is literally nothing about him that is anything less than spectacular.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Well, that just put a smile on my face. You’re too good to us, Gay Uncles!

    • Chaiaiai


    • majorbedhead

      I’ll be in my bunk, etc.

    • decormaven

      A much-needed gift. Merci!

    • MilaXX

      man I love that smile!

    • LaSylphide

      If iI were worth that smile, I’d be a billionaire!

    • d4divine

      Thank you TLo!!! Xo

    • Qitkat

      THIS is how to pose on dirty pavement!

    • jen


    • kim bunchalastnames

      YEA. or, wait. what? i’ve lost my train of everything.

    • Marni Erwin

      Why oh why couldn’t he have been the next Doctor!!!

    • macwell

      Clearly, Tom and Lorenzo are stalker obssesed with Idris, but at the same time – not all magazine pics are great. I think that’s the case here. He has a great smile and can’t seeem to take bad picture because of it. Great smile does not necessarily equal great photo spread though. Of course, with Idris – I’ll take it… 😉

    • DeTrop

      Thank YOU.

    • ItsDicey

      You are too good to us. Thank you.

    • demidaemon

      Thank you.

    • Danielle

      LAWD BLESS. Sausage Tuesday, ya’ll!

    • Jane Duff

      no longer can I blame global warming for the sudden temp increase in my office

    • MannahattaMamma
    • Jessica Freeman

      Gimme gimme gimme. I can never get enough of him.

    • conniemd

      Is there anything better than a sexy older man with some gray in his hair? – Sean Connery, George Clooney, and my fav, Viggo Mortensen? Idris looks good enough to eat.

    • formerlyAnon

      All that and The Voice too.

    • MaggieMae


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    • ScarlettHarlot

      Aww, thanks Uncles! It’s so sweet of you to keep featuring my man.

    • Erica Woods Tucker

      Lordy. That was some good candy. I want more, I want more.

    • cheekypinky


      (…Also annoyed and “of course”-ing that the one female maverick they deigned to have listed is “in the altogether”.)