Idris Elba Named People Magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

Elba is People’s 33rd “Sexiest Man Alive,” joining a long list of Hollywood’s hottest, including Channing Tatum, Denzel Washington and Brad Pitt.

Idris Elba was named “Sexiest Man Alive” on Monday by People magazine. The actor was unveiled as the latest to receive the annual honor on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

“I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’” Elba told the magazine. “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.”

Elba will be featured in a special double issue that will hit newsstands Friday. The actor said he tries to live life without few regrets. “Life isn’t about thinking about what you should have done,” he said. “I think everyone should adopt the philosophy that tomorrow is not promised so just go for it today. You might as well do it to your heart’s content.”

Only two other non-white men have won the title since People started the featre in 1985. They were Denzel Washington in 1996 and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in 2016.