People Magazine has named Idris Elba, 46, 2018’s “Sexiest Man Alive”! This is a huge improvement from last year’s winner, Blake Sheldon, whom many didn’t find sexy at all. No shade! Elba is the third of only three black men to be named as such since the magazine began this annual feature in 1985. Denzel Washington was dubbed in the year 1996. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson held the honor just two years ago in 2016.
Idris, a British actor, became well known in America for his role on HBO’s The Wire. Since, he has appeared in several big screen box office hits including: The Avengers series of films, Daddy’s Little Girls, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Takers, Obsessed, and The Mountain Between Us. He also stars as the brilliant John Luther in the crime series, Luther.
In a Tweet, Idris proclaimed his gratitude by thanking People Magazine and the fans for naming him Sexiest Man Alive. However, it’s really the fans who should be thanking Mr. Elba for being such a sweet piece of eye-candy all these years.
Before all this Sexiest Man Alive buzz, there was talk of Idris Elba becoming the next James Bond. Elba would be the first black actor to play the role of the famous and fictional James Bond character if all the talk came to fruition. Audiences have enjoyed watching Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig act as the smooth and sexy 007 agent. More actors have also played the role, but is it time for a black Bond? Will that be the next big news for Idris Elba? He has stated that this isn’t the case, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Until then, audiences will be more than pleased with any big screen sightings of 2018’s Sexiest Man Alive.