Idris Elba Is PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive 2018

Idris Elba Is PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive 2018

Idris Elba has now been crowned Sexiest Man Alive!

From his breakthrough role in America as drug kingpin Russell “Stringer” Bell on HBO’s hit series The Wire to his commanding portrayal of Norse God and Asgardian gatekeeper Heimdall in Marvel’s Thor franchise, the British heartthrob, 46, has become one of Hollywood’s biggest — and sexiest — stars.

So what did Elba think when he first heard about his latest title? “I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’” the actor tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “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.”

Elba is PEOPLE’s 33rd Sexiest Man Alive, joining a long list of Hollywood’s hottest, starting with a then-29-year-old Mel Gibson in 1985 to last year’s pick Blake Shelton.

Though he was an athlete at his all-boys school in London, playing first-string football, basketball, cricket, hockey and rugby, the actor insists he went through an awkward phase first. “I was very tall and skinny,” says the 6’3″ Elba. “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.”

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  1. Kenny
    November 06, 19:05 Reply

    But this man is fine sha ☺️☺️?

  2. KryxxX
    November 06, 19:58 Reply

    Akuna? ? ? ? ?

    Issoright! ?????

  3. KryxxX
    November 06, 20:00 Reply

    But this Idris shaa….. Nwoke na nma! ?????

  4. teeboi
    November 07, 18:39 Reply

    Signify,…. If You Also Think Idris Elba is Overhyped!

    C’mon it’s 20 fucking 18, What About Michael B jordan, Micheal Ealy, Trevor Jackson From (Grownish) etc

    No Bashing Pls , We’ll Are Entitled To Our Opinion.

    And Pinky Your Crush Is Not Everyone’s Crush!
    *Sips Tea

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