International Heartthrobs

International Heartthrobs
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 13, 2009

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There are few things sexier than an exotic accent, and these Hollywood hotties from around the globe definitely fit the bill.

British invasion Chiwetel Ejiofor captivated us in films such as “Talk to Me,” “Four Brothers” and “American Gangster,” and we can’t wait to see what he’s up to next.

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London-based menswear designer Boateng is arguably the most stylish brother in the U.K., and with looks like these, it’s easy to see why we go crazy for a sharp-dressed man.

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This London gent first caught our attention with his quiet strength as an inmate on HBO’s “Oz.” He’s since wowed us with his portrayal of Howlin’ Wolf in “Cadillac Records,” and continues to book meaty roles with his powerful presence.

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We know he’s taken as he welcomed his first child with honey Kimora Lee Simmons this summer, but our fantasy with this African god goes way back to his breakout role in “Amistad.” The Academy Award-nominated actor has since melted our hearts in such films as “Blood Diamond” and “Beauty Shop.”

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We may have to steal the phrase “Sexual Chocolate” from “Coming to America” to describe this London-born Nigerian. The former “Oz” star is back on the big screen this summer in “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra.”

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This British race car driver sends our hearts into overdrive with his winning smile and killer looks.

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This ESSENCE cover star is the definition to sexy. Whether he’s playing bad boys like Stringer Bell on “The Wire” or a doting father in Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls” or a faithful husband in “Obsessed,” we’re hooked.

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This ESSENCE cover star is the definition to sexy. Whether he’s playing bad boys like Stringer Bell on “The Wire” or a doting father in Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls” or a faithful husband in “Obsessed,” we’re hooked.

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Although our hearts were always with Team Joan, it was hard to stay mad Lester, who played her onetime English actor boyfriend on “Girlfriends.”

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This British cutie crossed the big pond to star in “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” with 50 cent. He’s the perfect mix of bad boy and the boy next door.

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Along with his acting skills and distinguished good looks, this English superstar has a kind heart, having donated bone marrow in 2007 that saved lives.

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We love a guy who’s good with his hands, and this acclaimed British architect definitely scores points for his class, style and smarts. Here, he accepts the award for best architectural achievement at the Elle Decoration British Design Awards in October 2008 in London.

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We know this versatile star was born and raised in Houston, Texas. But the leading man has taken his direct genetic link to the Mende and Temne peoples of Sierra Leone to heart. He has raised thousands of dollars to help the country and became an official citizen of Sierra Leone in December. He is the first African-American man to gain citizenship in Africa, based solely on DNA.

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Can we say culture overload? This hot family man was born in Vienna, to a German psychologist and Ghanaian physician. He’s fluent in German, French, English and Spanish. Yes, Nicole Ari Parker is one lucky woman.

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