Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Idris Elba is named People's Sexiest Man Alive

Idris Elba is named People's Sexiest Man Alive

Elba appears on the cover of a special double issue of People that arrives on newsstands on Friday.

He shared an image on Instagram with the caption: "Who'd have thought it!"

And just to prove that he'd earned all the accolades People was bestowing on him, Fallon homed in on the two words the magazine used to describe their new "Sexiest Man Alive". "But what's even more important is your vote in the midterm elections". "Your vote can make a difference!" he said.

On Monday's broadcast of "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon", Idris claimed his mother would be "very, very proud." . You can watch the segment in the video above.

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

He said: "I was like, 'Come on, no way. Really?"' Idris said. 'Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. "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.

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"I was very tall and skinny", recalled Elba, who stands at 6-foot-3. "And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, okay?"

"But again, as soon as I could grow a mustache, I was the coolest kid on the block", he added. "Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers", he revealed during the interview.

From his breakthrough role in America as drug kingpin Russell "Stringer" Bell on HBO's hit series The Wire to his commanding portrayal of Norse God and Asgardian gatekeeper Heimdall in Marvel's Thor franchise, the British heartthrob, 46, has become one of Hollywood's biggest - and sexiest - stars.

And now he's been named the Sexiest Man Alive and is tipped to play James, so take that, bullies.

Elba is the 33rd celebrity selected for People's annual Sexiest Man Alive designation. Back then, Mel Gibson, who was 29 at the time, received the honor.

Past winners include Dwayne Johnson, David Beckham, Chris Hemsworth, Adam Levine, Channing Tatum and last year's honoree, country star Blake Shelton.

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