Idris Elba is People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ 2018

James Bond fans are campaigning Idris Elba to be the next person to play 007

James Bond fans are campaigning Idris Elba to be the next person to play 007

"Really?"' Idris said. 'Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out.

Elba shared the cover to the November 19th issue on Twitter. "Your vote can make a difference!" he said. "It was a nice surprise - an ego boost for sure." he said. I was like, 'Yeah, you are kind of sexy today.' But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling.

The British star also recalled his athletic but awkward adolescence spent at an all-boys school in London.

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. "I was very tall and skinny", says the 6'3" Elba.

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".

Elba, who recently directed the film "Yardie", also told the magazine that as a kid he "got picked on a little bit", but when he got older and grew a mustache he was the "coolest kid on the block". His final outing as the character was in Avengers: Infinity War earlier this year. The phrase "Sexiest Man Alive" was trending following the announcement. Back then, Mel Gibson, who was 29 at the time, received the honor.

The Luther star has been handed the annual honour - which a year ago went to country singer Blake Shelton - by the USA publication and he admitted that it was an "ego boost" to receive the news.

Hilariously, Elba looked unimpressed with his cover image at first before admitting, "It's wonderful".

Thank you @people & all the fans for naming me #SexiestManAlive.

First, let us take a moment to pay our respects to the Sexist Men No Longer Alive.

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