There’s something about Mr Elba

July 5, 2011

When I first started watching The Wire, I honestly thought it was all about McNulty (Dominic West). A good friend of mine said ‘no, watch out for Stringer Bell. Look beyond the obvious, girl.’ (She really used the word girl.)

A few weeks later, I had to concede she was right. McNulty is cute, but Stringer is hot.

Stringer is a complex character, alright. On the one hand he’s nothing but a drugs dealer, murderer, an all round bad guy; on the other he’s someone who tries to better himself, who wants to be a successful businessman. And he has a voice as smooth as melted chocolate.

No doubt (see what I did there?) the reason he’s so sexy though is the actor who plays him. Idris Elba.

Idris Elba is the reason I watch Luther (BBC1, tonight), which is the kind of series I usually avoid (I don’t generally like programmes which you have to hide behind two or more cushions and peep through the cracks to watch). He brings the same vulnerability to Luther as he did to Stringer Bell; even though the accents and the situations are completely different – Baltimore, London; criminal, crime-fighter. The fact that he’s a bear of a man is something I also find irresistible, because I’ve always preferred men with thighs bigger than my own.

Most of all, though, it’s his eyes. His big brown velvety eyes.

See what I mean?

I saw Dominic West on the Strand recently and can confirm he is incredibly attractive in the flesh. Unfortunately my legs turned to jelly and I couldn’t speak. I must have looked like a grinning fool. Goodness only knows what I’d be like if I saw Mr Elba.


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  • em tee August 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Mr Elba is an uberly epic sexy beast! He sets my mind ablaze!

  • fenngirl July 5, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I would work the corner for Stringer Bell. I’d even do his photocopying…

  • Pants With Names July 5, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I thought he was the best thing in the Wire. But I’m totally thrown by his English accent in Luther… just not what I’m expecting!

  • Mrs Worthington July 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Loving the ode to Idris. He is the reason I make it through Tuesday. Love the loins n he can gird mine anytime

  • fenngirl July 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    *claim staked*

  • fenngirl July 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    There was a young man called Elba
    Who was as scrummy as whipped up Peach Melba
    He set loins on fire
    As Stringer Bell in The Wire
    Is he worthy of crushes – oh, hell yeah!

  • Fran July 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Oh my he is scrummy!!

  • Dandy Dodo July 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I don’t often have crushes on actors but my crush on Idris is epic. I dread to think what a fool I would look like if I ever did see him in the flesh! The man is beautiful. Oh and did you see him as Lenny the painter in The big C?? Now that was HOT.

  • Alice July 5, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    When I was v heavily pregnant they were often filming Luther on the street where my office was: I am watching the show in the hopes I will be staggering around in the background looking like I’ve got a basketball up my top and hoping to grab another glimpse of the delectable Mr Elba. MMMM!

  • Liz owen July 5, 2011 at 8:19 am

    MAN he’s hot! I actually said ‘man’…..

  • Stacey July 5, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I can see this comment thread being loads of ladies just saying ‘phhhoooooaaaarrr’, but I will merely say I quite agree – a handsome chap who can actually act too. Love Luther and The Wire was awesome!