Idris Elba Named ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by People Magazine

Beautiful Black Brit Idris Elba has been deemed 2018’s “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine.

The humble superstar was surprised when he first heard news of the honor, telling the publication, “Come on, no way. Really?”

 

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“I looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today,’ ” the Luther star joked. “But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure.”

Elba is the 33rd man to hold the title, and only the third Black man to do so, behind Denzel Washington (1996) and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (2016), according to a list compiled by ABC News.

Although the star was a well-rounded athlete, he insists he suffered through an awkward faze years before the sex appeal kicked in.

“I was very tall and skinny,” says the 6-foot-3-inch actor. “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.”

Elba is certainly crushworthy, but the part-time DJ  has eyes only for his fiancée, Sabrina Dhowre, 29, to whom he proposed in February.

 

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