Idris Elba Crowned People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ For 2018

by Olivia Jakiel

Move over Blake Shelton — there’s a new Sexiest Man Alive, and that man is Idris Elba!

The 46-year-old actor from London, England, was just crowned People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2018, and for some reason, he can’t believe it! He told People: “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.”

The 6-foot-3 actor also admitted he wasn’t as confident when he was younger: “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 mustache, I was the coolest kid on the block. Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers.”

Idris is the first black man to nab the title in 22 years; Denzel Washington graced the cover in 1996.

Idris is known for his roles in Beasts of No Nation, Star Trek: Beyond, and Avengers: Infinity War, among many others, and was even rumored to be the next James Bond a few years back, which honestly, I WISH!

Twitter users were elated by the news that Idris took home the title, which is somewhat of a far cry from the reaction of last year’s winner (sorry, Blake). One user wrote, “When People magazine bust out the best #ElectionDay surprise ever…well played!” Another said: “Idris Elba has been named the sexiest man alive. In other news, the sky is blue.”

Congrats, Idris! We all know you deserve this!

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