Idris Elba Named Sexiest Man Alive By People Magazine

James Bond fans are campaigning Idris Elba to be the next person to play 007

James Bond fans are campaigning Idris Elba to be the next person to play 007

Hmph. We're glad that FI-N-ALLY, PEOPLE magazine got the memo (i.e., the constant side-eye emails and tweets that were along the lines of "What are you waiting for-eh hem-people?!") because although he's been an honorable mention in their Sexiest Man Alive issue a few times, this year, he officially earned the coveted cover.

Elba told People how he reacted to the news. "Really?"' Idris said. 'Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. So there you go, it's barely daylight and we've already helped Idris Elba prop up his undoubtedly flagging self-esteem and feel just a little bit better about himself.

The 46 year old was surprised by the announcement as he did not see it coming. "Your vote can make a difference!" he said.

The handsome hunk is now shooting Hobbs & Shaw, a Fast & Furious spin-off co-starring fellow Sexiest Man Dwayne Johnson, if you can handle all that heat.

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People, a weekly magazine in the USA, unveiled Elba in their cover this week.

We dig the grey in his beard but Elba is by no means the oldest man on the sexiest block. Elba also told People.

He has a 16-year-old daughter, Isan, and a 4-year-old son, Winston, both from previous relationships.

Last year's title-holder, country music star Blake Shelton commented on Elba's appointment during his appearance on The Ellen Show. "Grew a moustache, had some muscles, bonkers". The "oh, he would be so good in this movie!" or "he should be the next James Bond".

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Elba is the second black man to capture the honour: Denzel Washington was named sexiest man of the year back in 1996.

'Life isn't about thinking about what you should have done, ' explained Idris.

He proposed to his model girlfriend, Sabrina Dhowre, 29, in February.

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