People magazine has named its 2018 Sexiest Man Alive, and he’s an actor who’s played Nelson Mandela and who has co-starred in the “Thor” franchise, reports the Associated Press.
He’s Idris Elba. When told that he was this year’s selection, Elba, 46, who also starred in “The Wire” and “Luther,” told People “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.”
The AP story adds that “Elba’s selection was revealed on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,’ with the actor appearing via satellite from London. Fallon had Elba perform poses to match the magazine’s cover description of him as a ‘sweet, smoldering superstar.’ Elba said of his selection, ‘My mom is going to be very, very proud.’”
Elba won a Golden Globe in 2012 for his role as the title character in the BBC series “Luther.”