People magazine names Idris Elba the sexiest man alive

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And while Elba knew he was the guy, he hadn't seen the magazine cover yet, so Fallon had something new to share with him, too.

British actor Idris Elba has been named as People's Sexiest Man Alive 2018, the magazine revealed Tuesday. "Really?'" the 46-year-old London native told People.

"I was like, 'Come on, no way. Really?"' Idris said. 'Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. "It was a nice surprise - an ego boost for sure." he said. Elba has acted in Beasts of No Nation, Thor, Bastille Day, Takers, and several others including the 2009 drama Obsessed in which he starred with Beyoncé Knowles.

Last year, country singer and The US Voice judge Blake Shelton took the title.

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Elba, who was among the favourites to take over from Daniel Craig as James Bond before ruling himself out earlier this year, said he endured an awkward stage while growing up.

"And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, OK?" he said. Days later he flatly denied it was going to happen, however.

He is the 33rd man to hold the title and appears this week on the magazine's cover.

The actor took to Twitter to thank People magazine for naming him the sexiest man of 2018, while at the same time urging people to buy the magazine and to vote in the USA midterm elections. I got picked on a little bit, ' he continued to the publication. He is also planning a wedding with his fiancee Sabrina Dhowre. "Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers." he told People magazine. "I think everyone should adopt the philosophy that tomorrow is not promised so just go for it today".

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