Elba is the 33rd celebrity selected for People's annual Sexiest Man Alive designation.
The actor took to Twitter to thank People magazine for naming him the sexiest man of 2018, while at the same time urging people to buy the magazine and to vote in the United States midterm elections. The Thor star told People he was surprised when he received the news, but said the honour has given him a boost of self-confidence.
'I was like, "Come on, no way".
"I'm really, really happy with that, man", said Elba as he looked at himself on the cover of People for the first time. "I was like, 'Yeah, you are kind of sexy today, '" he joked.
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"I was very tall and skinny", said Elba, who is 6'3". And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, OK? "Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers", he added. And while Elba knew he was the guy, he hadn't seen the magazine cover yet, so Fallon had something new to share with him, too. The actor took to Twitter to say, "Who'd have thought it!" Or at the very least, can we get Idris Elba as James Bond?
People, a weekly magazine in the United States, unveiled Elba in their cover this week. There's more of that really complex character that I love to play'.