Watching a person evolve has got to be one of the most rewarding things in life. Idris Elba certainly thinks so as he tells PEOPLE that one of the perks of fatherhood is seeing his kids develop.


“The magic of watching their personalities form uniquely to them,” he says of what he loves most about parenting. “Watching them form on things that you and their mum have taught them and things they remember, that is really truly human magic.”

Idris has portrayed a number of roles onset which include that of villains. In particular, his character in Beasts of No Nation earned much acclaim. “There were so many dark issues explored in my character that I thought, ‘Can I really pull it across? Can I pull it off,” the star told media of his performance. “I’ve got children, [and] I felt very uncomfortable with being associated with a film that had a character like that.”

Idris Elba has a son named Winston and daughter named Isan. See what else the actor had to say about his kids in this week’s issue of PEOPLE magazine.



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Comments 4

  1. WhateverGal says:

    Such a cutie

  2. Me 2 says:

    They sure do look alike! I never thought of that but I see a resemblance.

  3. bck reader says:

    his son is so cute. looks a lot like Nia Long’s son Kez.

  4. Ateya says:


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