Idris Elba may not be the next James Bond — but he’s People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” this year.
“I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?” the British actor told People when he found out he was their pick. “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.”
Since his role as as drug kingpin Russell “Stringer” Bell on the HBO hit “The Wire,” Elba, 46, has become on of Hollywood’s hottest stars, racking up award nominations. He’s portrayed Nelson Mandela in the 2013 biographical film “Mandela Long Walk to Freedom” and has played a Norse God in Marvel’s “Thor” franchise.
He’s currently planning a wedding to model Sabrina Dhowre, 29, who he proposed to in February. To make a connection, Elba said he’s learned the importance of “eye contact and empathy.”
“I love being confident, but also I know when to rein it in and just stay humble and grounded,” he said.
Last year’s winner was country star Blake Shelton and other awardees have included Channing Tatum, Adam Levine, Chris Hemsworth, David Beckham and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — with whom Elba is currently shooting a movie. Of course, it doesn’t always go smoothly after being named sexiest men alive, as the list of past awardees includes Mel Gibson, Nick Nolte and Johnny Depp.
This year’s pick was revealed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Monday evening with Elba saying, “My mom is going to be very, very proud.”
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