Actor Idris Elba may not be the new James Bond but he has been named by People Magazine as 2018’s Sexiest Man Alive.
Elba, 46, is the 33rd hunk to receive the People magazine honor, which was announced Monday night on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” by host Jimmy Fallon.
He is one of a small handful of people of color to receive the accolade since the inaugural “Sexiest Man Alive” spread in 1985, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (2016) and Denzel Washington (1996).
Elba, who was surprised after being crowned this year’s winner said, “I was like, Come on, no way. Really?. 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.”
He took to his Twitter page to show his gratitude saying:
“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://bit.ly/2OpbsSV . I’m honoured & thankful. What’s even more important is your vote in the midterm elections. Your vote can make a difference!👊🏾“
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 told People about his upbringing as an only child of African immigrants growing up in East London. The actor said his parents were strict and he got picked on often while attending an all-boys school despite playing an array of sports including football, basketball, cricket, hockey and rugby.
“I was very tall and skinny. And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, okay? I got picked on a little bit. But as soon as I could grow a moustache, I was the coolest kid on the block. Grew a moustache, had some muscles, bonkers.“
Elba is a man of many talents as he is not only an actor, he also performs on the side under the deejay name DJ Big Driis and has his own clothing line. He is also planning a wedding with his fiancee Sabrina Dhowre.
The actor has a 16-year-old daughter, Isan, and a 4-year-old son, Winston, from previous relationships.