People Unites The Nation By Naming Idris Elba 2018’s Sexiest Man Alive

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

ANDREW MILLIGAN VIA APElba walks near a Mclaren sports car while filming for the Fast and Furious movie franchise in Glasgow Scotland in October

People Magazine announces his reign to coincide with the Luther actor's appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday night, which you can see below. "It was a nice surprise - an ego boost for sure".

He said: "Who'd have thought it!"

But he wasn't always a world-class hottie - Elba says he went through an awkward phase first.

Elba walks near a Mclaren sports auto 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. "Really?" the British actor told People when he found out he was their pick.

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.

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He added: "I was very tall and skinny". "And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, okay?"

Perhaps it's because Idris Elba has always been considered one of the most handsome actors in the world, while last year's victor Blake Shelton is known more as that joking, good-old-boy country singer who spars with Adam Levine on "The Voice".

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". "Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers", he revealed during the interview.

Elba will be featured in a special double issue that will hit newsstands later this week.

For now, the actor strives to live with as few regrets as possible. Thank you @people & all the fans for naming me #SexiestManAlive. 'I think everyone should adopt the philosophy that tomorrow is not promised so just go for it today, man.

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