Idris Elba named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine

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Other actors and singers who have been given the title by the magazine's editors in recent years include Blake Shelton, Chris Hemsworth, Adam Levine, George Clooney and Channing Tatum. This is only the third time a man of colour has won the award, following Johnson in 2016 and Denzel Washington 10 years before. "It was a nice surprise - an ego boost for sure." he said.

The big news was publicized on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where the actor was brought in via satellite from his hometown of London.

In typical self-deprecating fashion, after learning about the accolade, the star of Thor and American Gangster said: "I was like, 'Come on, no way". I was like, "Yeah, you are kind of sexy today".

After earning the title for 2017, Shelton told People that he thought they must be running out of contenders when he learned the news.

Elba, who starred in The Wire and Luther, was surprised after being crowned this year's victor, the magazine said.

"Thank you [People] and all the fans for naming me [Sexiest Man Alive]..." "But what's even more important is your vote in the midterm elections". "Your vote can make a difference!" he said.

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Elba has two children - a 16-year-old daughter, Isan, and a four-year-old son, Winston.

"I was very tall and skinny", says the 6'3" Elba.

His most retweeted tweet so far was a cheeky closeup photo of his face with a filter in which he wrote, "My name's Elba, Idris Elba".

Elba, who recently directed the film "Yardie", also told the magazine that as a kid he "got picked on a little bit", but when he got older and grew a mustache he was the "coolest kid on the block".

He's now planning a wedding to model Sabrina Dhowre, 29, who he proposed to in February. "Grew a moustache, had some muscles, bonkers".

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