Idris Elba Is Finally Named "Sexiest Man Alive"

Danny Woods
November 6, 2018

People magazine has revealed its annual pick for Sexiest Man Alive, and the chiselled face of this year's choice is familiar to viewers of film and TV: Idris Elba.

Elba will be featured in a special double issue that will hit newsstands Friday.

Asked what he thought about his triumph, he 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".

Elba's receiving the title was announced on last night's episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

"I was very tall and skinny", said Elba, who is 6ft 3ins.

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In the cover story, Elba opened up about his past as a lanky kid who got "picked on a little bit". "Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers", he added.

Though he played football, basketball and cricket at his all-boys school in London, Elba, who is the only child of African immigrants, said he was a target of bullies.

However, the 46-year-old actor and DJ insists he wasn't always so good looking and went through an awkward phase growing up.

He is the 33rd man to hold the title and appears this week on the magazine's cover. This is only the third time a man of colour has won the award, following Johnson in 2016 and Denzel Washington 10 years before. "I'm sure my daughter's like, 'All right Dad, chill out.' My son is still at that age where he loves a cuddle". "You might as well do it to your heart's content".

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

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