People magazine has revealed its annual pick for Sexiest Man Alive, and the chiselled face of this year's choice is familiar to viewers of film and TV: Idris Elba. "Really?" Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. "Thank you so much, People magazine, for making me sexiest man in the world", Elba said, flexing a bicep.
The honor came as a surprise for Elba, who called it an "ego boost". Past recipients include Blake Shelton (2017), Dwayne Johnson (2016), David Beckham (2015), Chris Hemsworth (2014) Adam Levine (2013) and Channing Tatum (2012).
Check out the cover photo below... Aside from directing his feature-length debut in Yardie, Elba has also been a regular on the festival circuit (he played Dublin's Forbidden Fruit), kickboxing in Thailand, designing his own clothing line, and starring in the the next season of Luther and the Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw.
When news was out that Elba had been selected, a flurry of tweets went up with people giving their views on why he is "the sexiest man", while other tweets appreciated and congratulated him. He shared an image on Instagram with the caption: "Who'd have thought it!"More news: British cabinet will meet again when it's decision time for Brexit
Hilariously, Elba looked unimpressed with his cover image at first before admitting, "It's unbelievable".
He added: "I was very tall and skinny". "And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, OK? I got picked on a little bit". "Grew a moustache, had some muscles, bonkers".
For now, the actor strives to live with as few regrets as possible.
The British actor will soon be off the market as he is planning his wedding to fiancée Sabrina Dhowre, 29, who famously accompanied him to the Royal Wedding back in May.