British actor Idris Elba has been named the sexiest man alive in 2018 by America’s People Magazine.

The 46 year old was surprised by the announcement as he did not see it coming.

“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 said.

Idris is the 33rd man to be mentioned in the position, after Blake Shelton, Dwayne Johnson, Adam Levine and George Clooney among others.

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The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom actor has said that it is an honor to be named as sexiest man alive and that his mother is going to be really proud of him.

The actor shared that he was a bit awkward growing up and never thought he’d look the way he does today.

“I was very tall and skinny. And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, okay? 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.” he told People magazine.

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The magazine comes out this Friday!

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