Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Idris Elba Named Sexiest Man Alive 2018

Idris Elba Named Sexiest Man Alive 2018

Actor Idris Elba was announced as PEOPLE's "Sexiest Man Alive" during The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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

He said: "Who'd have thought it!" Thank you People & all the fans for naming me Sexiest Man Alive. What's even more important is your vote in the midterm elections. "Your vote can make a difference!" he said. You can watch the segment in the video above.

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British actor, director and executive producer Idris Elba poses during a photo call for the film "Yardie" during the 68th edition of the Berlinale film festival in Berlin February 22, 2018. Really?' I looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, "Yeah, you are kind of sexy today".

The honor came as a surprise for Elba, who called it an "ego boost". "I was very tall and skinny", says the 6'3" Elba.

Elba in August stoked the rumours that he was set to become the first black actor to play Bond when he posted a cryptic message on Twitter using one of the character's best-known lines - "My name's Elba, Idris Elba". I got picked on a little bit, ' he continued to the publication. 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 revealed during the interview.

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Since his role as as drug kingpin Russell "Stringer" Bell on the HBO hit "The Wire", Elba, 46, has become on of Hollywood's hottest stars, racking up award nominations. He was also named Essence's Sexiest Man of the year in 2013.

The star was preceded by Blake Shelton who won last year's coveted title much to the surprise of many.

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