Forget An American Boy! 15 Foreign Men We Love

January 18, 2013 ‐ By Meghan Williams

Hollywood has become so large and diverse that we oftentimes take for granted the fact that some of our favorite men were not made, born, or even bred in the US. Many come from England, others from Africa, some from the Caribbean, others from Continental Europe and still some from neighboring Canada. So let’s pause and take a closer look at some of the international fellas who are doing their thing all over the world. And really, when you get right down to it, what’s not to love about hot accents, exotic homelands, and multilingual abilities? I know, nothing. Click through!


"Idris Elba PF"

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Idris Elba

Born Idrissa Akuna Elba in the East Ham district of London, England, Idris Elba is the son of a Sierra Leonean father and a Ghanaian mother. Taught to work hard, Elba mastered the art of DJ’ing while working for an uncle’s wedding DJ business, then working for himself on the London nightclub circuit. For a time, Elba followed in his father’s footsteps and took a job as a factory worker in an East London suburb. But Elba’s passion for music and, eventually, theater just wouldn’t quit, and by the mid 90’s he landed his first role on British TV. Since then, Elba has enjoyed massive success in British and American television, movies, and music, to all of our delight. We just love this fine, and somehow still single, man!

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  • Boris Kodjoe’s name though!! He has three first names and two hyphenated last names, WHEW!!!!

    • MrsRaymond


  • Nisa

    That was a list I did not mind clicking through. Of course Idris should’ve been #1. I watch Homeland and David Harewood is foine! Akon? Are we really checking for him like that? I can see Bob Marley because we still listen to him today, but Sidney P? No.

  • Adjoa

    Also one of Boris’s parents is from Ghana West Africa

    • maradebe

      He should speak at least one Ghanaian language – like Twi or Ga. Why not, Mr Kodjoe?

  • k9belle

    Beninese is not the correct word!!!
    People from Benin are Beninoise (female) or Beninois (male)..the ‘nois(e) is pronounced like “noire” in French.

    • Beninese is the correct word in English, and it’s not beninoise but béninoise in French.

  • I’ll forever be a Bob Marley fan!! LOVE his music!! & I love watching Usain’s cocky behind run!! “Dat boy good!” (Coming To America voice)