Idris Elba named sexiest man alive

Idris Elba

Idris Elba

Idris Elba is People's 2018 "Sexiest Man Alive".

The 44-year-old host also revealed the cover of the highly-anticipated magazine which featured the Beast Of No Nation with a huge smile on his face. "Really?" Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. "Thank you so much, People magazine, for making me sexiest man in the world", Elba said, flexing a bicep.

The honor came as a surprise for Elba, who called it an "ego boost".

The 46-year-old year-old actor appeared live via satellite on the Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on Monday where he was announced as this year's recipient by the weekly publication.

'I was very tall and skinny. "And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, OK?" He shortly afterwards tweeted a response, in which he got a little political. But as soon as I could grow a moustache, I was the coolest kid on the block. "Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers." he told People magazine. See the actor "smolder" from his new title (above)! He shared an image on Instagram with the caption: "Who'd have thought it!"




Others who have taken on the coveted title - which includes an appearance on the cover of People - include Johnny Depp in both 2003 and 2009, George Clooney in 1997 and 2006, Brad Pitt in 1995 and 2000, and David Beckham in 2015.

Elba' star rose through roles like drug trafficker Stringer Bell on HBO's The Wire, DCI John Luther on the BBC One crime drama Luther, and Nelson Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Idris was also a popular choice for the honor past year, but it was given to Blake Shelton.

He's still not James Bond, but for now this honor will do.

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