Popular British actor Idris Elba has been named ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by People magazine for 2018. He is the 33rd man to hold the title and appears on the cover of People’s November issue.
According to reports, the honour came as a surprise to Elba and he is believed to have said, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’ when he first heard that he had been chosen. The star joked, ‘Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, yeah, you’re kind of sexy today.’ He admitted that it was a nice feeling, a nice surprise and ‘an ego boost for sure.’
Elba rose to fame with his portrayal of drug kingpin Russell ’Stringer’ Bell in HBO’s series ‘The Wire’. He is the first black man to win the title after Denzel Washington 22 years ago. With this he joins an elite group of men who have been recognized in the pages of People.
At the age of 29 Mel Gibson was the first actor to win the title. Sean Connery , Tom Cruise , Patrick Swayze  and Dwayne Johnson  were among the many winners.
Idris Elba the 'Luther' star said that the honour was ‘amazing’ and that his Mum would be ‘very proud’ of him.