Idris Elba on the cover of Essence
10/04/2011 at 05:00 PM EDT
British actor Idris Elba
has had his share of memorable TV roles, from The Wire
to The Office
and now on his Emmy-nominated show Luther
But it's not just his body of work that's got his fans intrigued.
So what does the sought-after star, 39, find sexy?
"Skin, I love beautiful skin," the actor tells Essence
magazine in their November cover story. "I'm tactile, very tactile. A woman who has really nice, looked-after skin is such a turn-on for me. It's always sexy."
Sex-appeal aside, Elba is typically known as a tough guy in his TV roles. But there's one person with a real knack for turning him to mush: His daughter, Isan. "My daughter's with me now for three weeks and I love it; I absolutely love it," Elba tells the magazine. "I don't know how I'd manage to be on seven flights a month and still get her to school."
Isan, born in 2002, is Elba's daughter with ex-wife Dormowa Sherma. Both parents live in Atlanta, so Elba splits his time between that city and his native Britain.
"I'm grateful to my ex-wife, [Isan's] mother, and I'm grateful I get to live my dream. At the same time, I miss things, which I regret," he adds.
Elba can next be seen in the upcoming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance