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Idris Elba Says the Best Part About Being a Dad of Two Is ‘Watching Their Personalities Form Uniquely to Them’

04/15/2016 at 11:30 AM ET

Idris Elba
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British star Idris Elba plays the malevolent tiger Shere Kahn in Disney’s lush new version of The Jungle Book. But at home with his brood, the actor is a big softie.

The father of two — daughter Isan, 14, with his ex-wife Kim Norgaard, and son Winston, 2, with former girlfriend Naiyana Garth — Elba most loves “the magic of watching their personalities form uniquely to them,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

“And watching them form on things that you and their mum have taught them and things they remember, that is really truly human magic.”

Though his downtime is rare — the actor will next be seen in Star Trek Beyond and Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower — Elba, 43, especially loves spending time with his children.

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Idris Elba Welcomes Son Winston

04/18/2014 at 10:55 AM ET

Idris Elba Welcomes Son Winston Steve Granitz/WireImage

It’s a boy!

Idris Elba welcomed a son with girlfriend Naiyana Garth on Thursday, April 17, he announced on Twitter Friday.

The British actor and star of The Wire shared a sweet snapshot of his new bundle of joy, showing his baby boy’s tiny fingers touching his own.

“My son, Winston Elba, was born yesterday. Truly amazing,” Elba Tweeted.

Elba, who made PEOPLE’s “Sexiest Man Alive” list in 2013, and Garth, a make-up artist, have been together since 2013.

Baby Winston is the second child for Elba, 41, a Golden Globe winner who most recently portrayed South African President Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. He is also father to daughter Isan, 11.

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