10 Reasons why Idris Elba is the Coolest Man Alive

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Over the last decade, British born actor, Idris Elba has risen to the top.  Although he is one of the best-looking men in Hollywood, there’s much more to him than just good looks. Between his film and TV roles, Idris has shown the world that he is capable of taking on any role.  Throughout his career, he has earned the affection of fans from all over the world, and people seem to be genuinely intrigued by him.  Most impressively, he doesn’t seem to be phased by his over-whelming fame.  There’s nothing better than a celebrity who doesn’t impressed by their own fame, and it seems like a very down to earth guy.  Here are 10 reasons why Idris Elba is the coolest man alive.

1. He recently broke the “flying mile” record.

Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about whether or not Idris Elba will be cast as the next James Bond.  Although there’s a pretty good chance that all of that talk is just a rumor, Idris has just proved that he might actually be a real life James Bond.  Recently, he broke the “flying mile” record while driving his Bentley. This record is the amount of time it takes to get to two different points within a mile. After breaking the record, Elba stated: “I’m absolutely elated to have broken the flying mile at Pendine Sands.”

2. He’s great in every role he plays.

Let’s face it, no matter what type of character he portrays in a film or TV show, Idris always seems to nail it.    As a result, he’s been nominated several awards throughout the course of his career including three Golden Globes and four Primetime Emmys.

3. He’s a DJ.

Aside from acting, Idris is also a DJ – a real DJ.  He got his start during the 80s when he began working as a DJ for his uncle’s wedding business, and eventually started his own company.  Through his work as  DJ he’s gotten a chance to work with some pretty cool artists including Jay-Z.

4. He’s directed a music video.

As if being an actor and a DJ isn’t enough, Idris also has other talents. In 2012, Idris teamed up with the popular British band, Mumford and Sons, as a co-director for their music video “Lover of the Light.” Aside from working as a co-director, Idris actually appeared in the video where he played the main character.  The video depicts Idris as a man with a can who learns to walk unassisted.

5. He’s got a British accent.

In most of his on-screen appearances, you’re probably used to hearing Idris Elba speak in an American accent.  However, that’s all part of the act.  Idris, who was born and raised in England, actually speaks with a British accent.  Let’s be real, there’s something about British accents that are just cool by default. However, Idris says that he has a knack for picking up other accents, which explains why he always sounds so convincing.

6. He’s a good dad.

Sure, he’s a pretty guy, but Idris always makes time for the important things in life: his children.  Idris is the father of two children, a son and daughter.  His son was born in 2014, and Idris shared the proud moment with his Instagram followers, posting a picture of the baby and stated that the moment was truly amazing.

7. He’s hot!

Idris Elba is one of the biggest hunks in Hollywood, and his looks have gotten him a lot of attention over the course of his career. In 2007, People Magazine included Idris on their list of 100 Most Beautiful People in the World. In 2013, Essence Magazine named Idris the sexiest man of the year. During that year, he also made the number two spot on People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive list.

8. He’s funny.

Although he has taken on a number of different roles over the years, he hasn’t appeared in many comedic films.  However, Idris has a great sense of humor and he’s actually pretty funny.  During interviews and talk show appearances, Idris has revealed humorous side and the crowd seems to love it.

9. He has portrayed Nelson Mandela.

Idris Elba has had the honor of portraying the legendary South African revolutionary, Nelson Mandela in the 2013 film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. During an interview, Idris stated that the film was “hands down the best.”

10. He was in The Wire.

HBO’s The Wire is now considered a classic.  Airing from 2002 to 2008, The Wire helped Idris gain mainstream fame in the United States.  In his role as Russell “Stringer” Bell Idris portrayed a drug dealer who ran the streets of Baltimore.

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