Idris Elba

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Idris Elba Named PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive 2018

November 6, 2018

By Eyasu Delesa

Idris Elba has been crowned People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2018!

He is only the third man of color to be named Sexiest Man Alive since the magazine added the annual feature in 1985. 

Denzel Washington received the accolade in 1996 and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson took home the honor in 2016.

The 46-year-old British actor jump-started his career as Stringer Bell in HBO's critically acclaimed "The Wire." He hasn't looked back since. 

“I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?'” Elba told PEOPLE after hearing he'd been named the world's sexiest man. “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.”

Mel Gibson was the first Sexiest Man Alive in 1985. The magazine has named someone for the honor every year since.

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