November 6, 2018 at 6:37 am PST | by Mariah Cooper
Idris Elba named People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2018

Idris Elba (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Idris Elba is People magazine’s 2018 Sexiest Man Alive.

The news was announced on “The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday where the British actor, 46, spoke with Fallon via satellite.

“Congratulations on being the sexiest man alive. We have the cover here,” Fallon says to Elba. “It refers to you as a sweet, smoldering superstar. Can we see a little smolder?”

Elba throws off some smoldering looks and a “shy” smile to the delight of the audience before looking at the magazine’s cover for the first time.

“It’s amazing. I’m really, really happy with that. Thank you so much, People magazine, for making me sexiest man in the world,” Elba says. “My mum is going to be very, very proud.”

Elba is only the third man of color to hold the honor since the title’s inception in 1986. Denzel Washington was the first to receive the title in 1996 and Dwayne Johnson was the second in 2016.

He told People magazine his first reaction to the news was “I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?'”

Growing up, Elba describes himself as “tall and skinny” who was bullied until puberty hit.

“And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, OK?,” Elba told People. “I got picked on a little bit. But as soon as I could grow a mustache, I was the coolest kid on the block. Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers.”

His first major introduction to a U.S. audience was as drug kingpin Russell “Stringer” Bell on the hit show “The Wire.” He also appeared in the films “Molly’s Game,” “The Jungle Book” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Elba is a father of two and is engaged to his fiancée 29-year-old model, Sabrina Dhowre.

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