*“Luther” star Idris Elba graces the cover of Essence magazine for its upcoming November issue.

Inside, writer Dream Hampton talks to the actor about his first big break, fatherhood, and what he loves about women.

“Skin, I love beautiful skin,” he says. “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….”

The November issue of Essence hits newsstands on Oct. 12