Idris Elba Named Sexiest Man Alive: “It’s A Nice Ego Boost”

Who are we to argue.


Idris Elba has been named the sexiest man alive by US celebrity magazine People.

The Wire and Luther star celebrated his new crown in a fairly understated manor, declaring it as a “nice ego boost”.

Elba follows in the footsteps of faces like David Beckham, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Mel Gibson and other annoyingly good looking folk.

The news was revealed as the winner on Monday’s The Tonight Show. Telling People how he reacted to the news, the 46-year-old said: “I was like, ‘come on, no way. Really?’ Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out.

“I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today’. But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise – an ego boost for sure.”

He also spoke about his awkward teenage years, saying he wasn’t always the anodise he is now.

“I was very tall and skinny, and my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, okay? I got picked on a little bit.”

“But again, as soon as I could grow a moustache, I was the coolest kid on the block. Grew a moustache, had some muscles, bonkers.”

Idris takes the crown from last year’s winner, American country singer Blake Shelton.

Elba is currently working on the highly-anticipated fifth season of Luther, which is reportedly set to drop on BBC One sometime in the near future. (Not like we’re counting down the days or anything).

Here are all the previous winners of the sexiest man alive title:

1985: Mel Gibson

1986: Mark Harmon

1987: Harry Hamlin

1988: John F. Kennedy Jr.

1989: Sean Connery

1990: Tom Cruise

1991: Patrick Swayze

1992: Nick Nolte

1993: Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford (sexiest couple)

1994: No one — possible lack of sexiness that year

1995: Brad Pitt

1996: Denzel Washington

1997: George Clooney

1998: Harrison Ford

1999: Richard Gere (again)

2000: Brad Pitt (again)

2001: Pierce Brosnan

2002: Ben Affleck

2003: Johnny Depp

2004: Jude Law

2005: Matthew McConaughey

2006: George Clooney (again)

2007: Matt Damon

2008: Hugh Jackman

2009: Johnny Depp (again)

2010: Ryan Reynolds

2011: Bradley Cooper

2012: Channing Tatum

2013: Adam Levine

2014: Chris Hemsworth

2015: David Beckham

2016: The Rock

2017: Blake Shelton

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