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Idris Elba named 2018's Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine

Idris Elba named 2018's Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine

Elba, who was revealed as the victor on Monday's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, follows in the equally sexy footsteps of previous winners including David Beckham, Mel Gibson and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Fallon had Elba perform poses to match the magazine's cover description of him as a "sweet, smouldering superstar".

Idris - who was in London at the time of filming - told comedy host Fallon: 'my mom is going to be very, very proud'.

After earning the title for 2017, Shelton told People that he thought they must be running out of contenders when he learned the news.

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.

Elba walks near a Mclaren sports vehicle while filming for the Fast and Furious movie franchise in Glasgow, Scotland, in October.

The actor has a 16-year-old daughter, Isan, and a 4-year-old son, Winston, from previous relationships.

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He added: "I was very tall and skinny".

His most retweeted tweet so far was a cheeky closeup photo of his face with a filter in which he wrote, "My name's Elba, Idris Elba". "I got picked on a little bit". But as soon as I could grow a moustache, I was the coolest kid on the block. "Grew a moustache, had some muscles, bonkers".

Other actors and singers who have been given the title by the magazine's editors in recent years include Blake Shelton, Chris Hemsworth, Adam Levine, George Clooney and Channing Tatum.

Elba appears on the cover of a special double issue of People that arrives on newsstands on Friday.

For now, the actor strives to live with as few regrets as possible. 'I think everyone should adopt the philosophy that tomorrow is not promised so just go for it today, man.


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