Brit actor Idris Elba named People's Sexiest Man Alive

Carla Harmon
November 6, 2018

Despite his new title, the actor, who was tipped earlier this year to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond, told People he went through an awkward phase before hitting his stride. "I was like, 'Come on, no way. I'm honored and thankful", he said. "Thank you so much People magazine for making me sexiest man in the world, I'm loving that", he said before bending his arm and flexing his bicep. "It was a nice surprise - an ego boost for sure", he had stated. Country superstar and "The Voice" judge Blake Shelton was last year's choice.

The star appears on the entertainment magazine's most recent cover after being given their annual Sexiest Man title, which was once held by other notably sexy men, including the likes of Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, and Sean Connery. Elba was the first runner-up for the honor in 2013.

"I was very tall and skinny", says the 6'3" Elba.

"But again, as soon as I could grow a mustache, I was the coolest kid on the block", he added. "But what's even more important is your vote in the midterm elections". And while Elba knew he was the guy, he hadn't seen the magazine cover yet, so Fallon had something new to share with him, too. "Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers". "Your vote can make a difference!"

Elba, who starred in "The Wire" and "Luther", was surprised after being crowned this year's victor, the magazine said. "I'm super doting, big hugs, kisses, lots of love-yous". Since the announcement, social media users have been going gaga over Elba. When Good Morning Britain asked over the summer if they were looking at the next Bond, he simply replied, "No".

A screen grab of actor Idris Elba's Twitter handle after he was named the sexiest man of the year.

'Life isn't about thinking about what you should have done, ' explained Idris.

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