British don and entertainment Jack-of-all-trades Idris Elba has been voted the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by PEOPLE Magazine for 2018. The 33rd man to claim the esteemed title is only the second black man to win the award after Denzel Washinton banked it back in 1996.
Elba was surprised of his nomination. “I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’” when he learned that he had been selected. “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,” he said.
The Brit made his name in the HBO hit series The Wire, before going on to star in popular UK television series Luther as well as Hollywood stints in the Avengers and Star Trek franchises also.
In his interview with PEOPLE magazine, Elba spoke of his London upbringing and how he was once just a tall and skinny schoolboy. “My name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, OK?,” he said. “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.”