"I love beautiful skin," says the Emmy-nominated actor, adding that he's "very tactile"

By Sara Hammel
Updated October 05, 2011 09:30 AM
Credit: Courtesy ESSENCE

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 and Prometheus.