Idris Elba Becomes PEOPLE’s “Sexiest Man Alive” For 2018
Popular British actor Idris Elba may not be the next James Bond, but has been named by PEOPLE as its “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2018.
The announcement was made yesterday at the November 5th night’s episode of the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
— People (@people) November 6, 2018
Elba, who starred in “The Wire” and “Luther,” was surprised after being crowned this year’s winner, the magazine said.
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The London-born actor, 46, said he didn’t believe it when the magazine told him.
“I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’” Elba told the celebrity publication.
“Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today.’ But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure.”
“It’s amazing! I’m really, really happy with that. Thank you so much PEOPLE magazine for making me sexiest man in the world. My mum is going to be very, very proud.”
Elba flashed a shy smile at Fallon’s request, flexed his bicep and thanked the magazine.
Who’d have thought it! Thank you @people & all the fans for naming me #SexiestManAlive. Don’t forget to grab your issue this week https://t.co/WI7eWfXOPB. I’m honoured & thankful. What’s even more important is your vote in the midterm elections. Your vote can make a difference! pic.twitter.com/TBQapjxJsT
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) November 6, 2018
Elba also used his time in the spotlight to encourage fans to tend to their civic duty on Tuesday, via Twitter:
“I’m honoured & thankful. What’s even more important is your vote in the midterm elections. Your vote can make a difference!”
With this, the “Thor” star becomes the 33rd hunk to receive the People magazine honor.
Meanwhile, the previous “Sexiest Man Alive” honorees include Dwayne Johnson (2016), David Beckham (2015), Chris Hemsworth (2014), Adam Levine (2013), Channing Tatum (2012), Bradley Cooper (2011), Ryan Reynolds (2010), Johnny Depp (2009) and Hugh Jackman (2008), among other Hollywood hunks.
Louis Maldonado, meanwhile, was recently named People’s “Sexiest Chef Alive.”