Idris Elba has admitted he doesn’t agree with fans who swoon over his ‘sexy’ voice as he said he thinks he sounds like a ‘market trader from Canning Town’.
The Luther star, 49, addressed fans’ opinions that he has a ‘sexy’ voice, saying he is ‘baffled’ by it as he has never considered himself to speak in an attractive way.
Speaking on Thursday’s Loose Women, he explained: ‘I’m baffled. I think I sound like a market trader from Canning Town. ‘Get your fish here, £10!’, that’s expensive fish, but I don’t necessarily think my voice is sexy… but hey, I’ll take the compliment.’
Deep voice: Idris Elba has admitted that he doesn’t think his voice is ‘sexy’ and said he thinks he sounds like a ‘market trader from Canning Town’
Speaking about his upcoming voiceover role as Knuckles in Sonic 2, he said he didn’t want the fictional character to have his smooth tones, saying he put on a ‘stern deep voice’ instead.
He added that he was excited to be part of an animation film, as it means his seven-year-old son Winston will actually be able to watch it, unlike detective drama Luther.
Speaking about his son visiting the set of Luther, he added: ‘He’s seven, so we just finished filming Luther and he came on set quite a bit, but he’s like, ‘What age group is this film?’ And I said, ‘It’s probably going to be a 15’ and he’s like, ‘Oh man.’
Idris went on to speak about turning 50 in September to hosts Ruth Langsford and Kellé Bryan, admitting that he feels like he is still in his 30s.
‘Baffled’: The Luther star, 49, addressed fans’ opinions that he has a ‘sexy’ voice, saying he is confused by it as he has never considered himself to have a nice-sounding voice
‘I am 50. Honestly, I can’t even believe it, I still feel like I’m 35, even though I don’t look it,’ he added.
Idris also opened up about how his podcast Coupledom, which sees him and his wife Sabrina speak with other couples, has helped strengthen their own relationship.
He added: ‘It’s definitely given us a lot of insight about our own relationship and it’s weird because talking to people about their relationship, you have to offer up quite a bit about your own personal relationship and that’s been quite liberating for us.’
Idris, who will be reprising his hit role as Luther for an upcoming movie, also addressed rumours that he was quitting acting to focus on music.
‘I’m not giving up acting, but I’m certainly going to put out more music. And I love the process of making music,’ he said.
Distinctive: Idris won fans over with his deep voice in detective drama Luther, but he joked that he didn’t want his upcoming voiceover role as Knuckles on Sonic 2 to have his ‘sexy’ voice
Idris has been busy filming for the much-anticipated Luther film, which he first began work on in November.
In February, he was seen filming scenes alongside Cynthia Erivo, whose role in the movie version of the hit drama is yet to be confirmed.
Luther’s fifth series aired on BBC One in January 2019, and ended with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, as the titular detective was arrested after he let serial killer Alice Morgan plunged to her death.
The actor has won a Golden Globe and was nominated for multiple Emmy Awards for his performance.
Cynthia is best known for her roles in the critically-acclaimed biopic Harriet and the thriller Widows.
Loved-up: Idris also spoke about how his podcast Coupledom, which sees him and his wife Sabrina speak with other couples, has helped their own relationship
Little is known about Cynthia’s role in the upcoming film, but it is thought she’ll play a new villain, following the death of murderous Alice in series five.
Alice (played by Ruth Wilson) had been one of Luther’s main adversaries throughout the series’ run, ruthlessly murdering her parents, before eventually helping him to clear his name when he was accused of killing DS Ripley.
While it was previously thought that the sinister criminal died in Belgium during series four, but in reality she’d been in regular communication with Luther via burner phones.
Back in November, Idris confirmed that filming for the long-awaited Luther movie had finally commenced.
The actor was quickly inundated with comments from fans expressing their excitement over the announcement.
Exciting! Idris has been busy filming for the much-anticipated Luther film, which he will star in alongside Cynthia Erivo, whose role in the film is still unclear
Luther follows on from the hit BBC series and stars Idris in the titular role.
Speaking in May, Idris confirmed he is ‘so excited’ to dive into the new project and he expects ‘bolder’ storylines which will span across the globe.
Idris has been keen to take the BBC show to the silver screen for some time as he discussed the spin-off movie in an interview last year.
Speaking to reporters at the BAFTA TV Awards in July, he said: ‘I’ve maintained that I’d like to see [Luther] come to a film. That’s what I think we’re headed towards, is a film. I’m looking forward to making that happen… It is happening!
‘With film, the sky is the limit. You can be a little bit more bold with the storylines, and a little bit more international, and a little more up the scale. But John Luther is always going to be John Luther.’
Shock: Luther’s fifth series aired in January 2019, and ended with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, as the titular detective was arrested after he let serial killer Alice Morgan plunged to her death
In another interview, Idris confirmed once more that a Luther film is ‘definitely coming’, while admitting his mother still believes he will take on the role of James Bond.
The actor has been repeatedly linked with the coveted role following Daniel Craig’s confirmation that he will not return following the delayed release of No Time To Die – his sixth film as Bond.
But while Idris has previously admitted his chances of becoming the next 007 are remote, his mum Eve remains quietly optimistic.
He said on Capital XTRA: ‘The Luther film is definitely coming, I’m very excited. For the fans that have watched five seasons of Luther, I owe it to them to take it to the next level, and that’s where the film comes in.
‘I know the rumours about Bond have always chased me. Listen, my poor mum is like, ”one day you’re going to get it!” I was like, ”mum, I’m good, I’ve got Luther”. I’m definitely doing that.’