All you have to say is Idris Elba and I’ll come running. Like most fans, from the moment I saw his 6’2 frame in HBO’s “The Wire” I was hooked. Since then, the British actor has gone onto play the greatest role of his career as Nelson Mandela in the Oscar nominated film “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.” Although no gold statues have been handed out, Elba’s biggest compliment from the movie came from Mandela himself asking if they super imposed him in the final scene of the film.
But in the event you’re not a fan of “The Wire” (which would be foolish) and you haven’t seen “Long Walk To Freedom” (now I’m just side eyeing you) Elba’s psychological crime drama “Luther” (BBC) is one to watch. The actor’s stellar performance as Detective Chief Inspector John Luther, has already earned him a 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special — in addition to a 2012 Best Actor Golden Globe — and he’s up for another honor at this year’s 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards. The show itself is also nominated for a Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special award this season. If you haven’t already checked it out, here are five reason why you’ll become an instant fan of this hit show (Idris included, of course).
1. John Luther Has Brains
Idris’ character, John Luther, heads a Serious and Serial Crimes Unit in London. While Luther’s unconventional in his tactics, he combines Sherlock Holmes left-of-center intellect with Colombo’s rugged detective approach to a crime scene. His addictive, sometimes obsessive love for darkness and solving crimes leads him down a dangerous, oftentimes ugly and tumultuous path, but he always catches the criminal, even when the criminal is a dirty cop who frames Luther for the murder of his wife.
2. Alice Morgan Is The Murderer You Hate To Love
In the first episode of season one, Luther is called to a gruesome scene in which a husband, wife and family dog are brutally murdered. Viewers soon learn Alice (actress Ruth Wilson) was the culprit behind the crime, but instead of Luther putting her away, Alice becomes somewhat of confidant to the troubled detective. The dangerous sexual chemistry is titillating because Alice is capable of murder, which leaves us kind of pulling for the two, but not really.
3. Idris Elba Is A Good Actor
We can all agree Idris is gorgeous, but the jury was out on whether he could be the lead actor in a television drama. Three seasons later and a awards to boot, he’s proven he can. While its hard to ignore the salt-and-pepper beard that accents his chiseled jaw, 10, maybe 20 minutes into the show Elba disappears into his character and suddenly you’re watching a tormented, yet brilliant detective not only fighting to save victims, but himself as well.
4. British Actors Have A Certain X Factor
Maybe it’s their prim and proper disposition, or their accents, or their love for tea, or their stiff upper lip, I don’t know. But on top of their superb acting skills, the Brits bring a certain panache and coolness to their craft and Elba does the same. It’s a quiet confidence, but it resonates with fans.
5. The Twisted Plot Lines Makes It Great
Writer and creator Neil Cross made sure to not shy away from showcasing just how gruesome murderers in the U.K can be. In the first season where a set of twins reek havoc on citizens by randomly attacking people in public, the camera doesn’t look away from showing their devious deeds, which included using a hammer to bludgeon people to death. The horror of the show is also what makes it even sweeter when Luther catches these diabolical criminals. Viewers may have to look away from all the blood shed, but we’re always rooting for Luther, no matter how bloody things get.
Watch the 45th Annual NAACP Awards LIVE, exclusively on TV One, in a in a two hour special Saturday, February 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET (PT tape-delayed). Before the main event, see the nominees and even more stars grace the red carpet in a one-hour pre-show at 8:00 p.m. ET (PT tape-delayed).
The 51 Hottest Black Men In Hollywood
1. The Hotness
People magazine released their "Sexiest Man Alive" list with "The Voice" judge Adam Levine taking the #1 spot for 2013 (really!?). Even though some of our favorites like Idris Elba and Pharrell were sprinkled throughout the list, we can't help but think of all the other sexy Black men in Hollywood. From Columbus Short to Michael B. Jordan and of course Denzel, click on to see the hotness and get ready to swoon!
2. Michael B. Jordan
Number one was a no brainer. I mean, have you SEEN "The Wire" and "Fruitvile Station"? Sheesh! Although Mike snagged number one, number two is close behind..
3. Columbus Short
*Sigh* Columbus Short a.k.a Harrison. Our favorite Gladiator, aside from Olivia, of course. Now the question is, Shonda, when is Harrison going to have a love interest on "Scandal" and how do I audition for the part? Just saying..
4. Jay Ellis
Jay Ellis is a newbie to the Hollywood scene but he's definitely making a staple as one of the hottest black men in Hollywood! That smile? Good Lord.
5. Michael Ealy
Get lost in Michael Ealy's eyes ladies. It's something about those blue eyes! Not to mention, I love a man with a scruffy beard! Not debatable.
6. Trey Songz
7. Idris Elba
Idris Elba!! A man with a British accent? Automatically qualifies as a hottie. No debates here.
8. Isaiah Mustafa
Say heeelloooo to the Old Spice guy (from the Old Spice commercials)! I don't even use the men's product but I'll buy whatever he's selling!
9. Derrick Rose
Not exactly Hollywood, but Derrick Rose deserves a mention on this list. Wouldn't you agree?
Skateboard P gives us sexy sounds, style and seriously, does this man age!? Sheesh!
Tip, you sir, are fine.
12. Charles Michael Davis
The sexy stare that this "Greys Anatomy" star launches into? Man, listen...
13. Colin Kapernick
Those arms! Who can really focus on the game?
Oh, hey Nelly. Who knew you had all those abs in those jeans?!
Nas still looks as great as he did when he was in his 20s!
16. Terrence J
Nothing like a man that's gorgeous AND super successful! Television host, actor and now author? What CAN'T Terrence J do?
17. Lenny Kravitz
Love the whole rocker thing Lenny Kravtiz has going on!
18. Will Smith
The "Fresh Prince" is aging quite nicely if you ask me!
19. Kendrick Lamar
Just because he's killing everybody in the rap game right now. My opinion. No debates lol.
20. Lance Gross
Tall, dark and handsome. Hey Lance Gross!
21. Reggie Bush
Kim Kardashian let a fine one get away! Reggie's muscles are chiseled from the gods!
22. Damon Wayans Jr.
Damon. Wayans. Junior. Who. Knew.
23. Mechad Brooks
Seriously, have you seen this man's Calvin Klein ads?
Miguel is absolutely adorable!
You may or may not like Future's style, but let's just stand back and admire his chiseled face and high cheek bones!
26. A$AP Rocky
Say what you want about A$AP, but he's beautiful! Especially when he decides to cut his braids!
27. Boris Kodjoe
One of the few that can actually pull off the bald look and we've never heard German sound so smooth as it does when this native speaks it!
28. Shemar Moore
Shemar's been looking good for decades!
29. Tyson Beckford
The body? Those lips? Tyson Beckford's hot-factor needs little explanation.
30. President Barack Obama
Yes, that's our President! Not exactly a man in Hollywood but he deserves a mention anyway just for being him - great father, husband and the hottest President EVER!
Usher, you're fine.
32. Jesse Williams
Lawd... I could stare into those blues eyes all day.
33. Laz Alonso
Well, hello there!
34. Pooch Hall
Everyone fell in love with Pooch Hall as Derwin on "The Game" and for good reason too!
You must admit that Drizzy cleans up nicely in a suit and tie!
36. Denzel Washington
Had to throw Denzel in the list for everybody's mom and auntie! LOL
37. Luke James
With songs like "Make Love To Me" this crooner who opened up for Beyonce has some sultry tunes, and he just so happens to be easy on the eyes too!
38. Lamman Rucker
39. Blair Underwood
Wish we saw more of Blair on the big screen!
40. Taye Diggs
Taye made a few women want to get their grove back with that perfect smile!
41. John Legend
Love a man that can sing!
Gotta love an intellectual man!
Whether he's rocking a full 'Fro or a shorter crop Maxewell always brings the sexy.
44. Morris Chestnut
Thanks to this hottie, I can not WAIT to see "The Best Man Holiday!"
Ludacris has stepped it all the way up since he's started his acting career! Well, hello!
46. Mack Wilds (Tristian Wilds)
Might be a little young for some, but quite a cutie nonetheless!
47. J. Cole
Yup, crooked smile and all!
Unfortunately, we haven't heard much from Jeremih lately but we could never forget how gorgeous he is!
49. Brian White
Brian White, yes! NFL player turned actor.. we see you!
50. Terrence Howard
Terrence Howard definitely deserves a mention!
51. Derek Luke
52. Andre 3000
Last, but certainly not least, Mr. Andre 3 Stacks! Just because he's so darn fly!