Idris Elba

British Actor Idris Elba has been crowned PEOPLE's first Black Sexiest Man Alive for 2018. The 46-year-old thespian succeeds last year's winner Blake Shelton.

The honor was announced as Elba appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night.

The media was beside themselves with excitement as they announced Elba's new title.

Vulture magazine declared "People Unites the Nation by Naming Idris Elba 2018's Sexiest Man Alive."

Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre

Idris, who is engaged to Sabrina Dhowre, admitted the title was an ego booster and he was flattered by the honor.

Idris said: "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 added to host Fallon that he's "really happy with that one. My mom is going to be very, very proud."

Former winner Matthew McConaughey, who starred with Elba in movie The Dark Tower, backed him to take the honor.

"Elba is the perfect answer for the next Sexiest Man Alive," Matthew previously told People.com of his co-star.

And Idris responded: "That’s such a compliment coming from this man"

Idris is dad to daughter Isan, 16, and son Winston, 4. He is best known for his role as a ruthless drug lord in HBO's The Wire.

Photos by David Burton for People magazine, Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images

  • BeUtFullSoul

    Love you Idris...BUT, In more IMPORTANT news today, VOTE!!!!

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    without that beard... issa NO

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    VOTE VOTE VOTE because YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!

  • iWasteTime

    Aye he is but everytime I see him, I see K. Michele

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Just feels a little late to me... People magazine's been doing this for over 30 years, so it's surprising that it took them this long to finally give a black man that title. But anyway, congrats to Idris.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    and vice versa.. lol

  • Satin Panther

    Whew he was soo damn sexy on the wire it didn't make sense. I can't wait to see him play a villain in the Rock and Jason Strahan Fast & Furious spin-off movie.

  • Soda

    What about Denzel, and half of The Rock? ?

  • Soda

    Why are people acting like today is the only day to vote, like we shouldn't be in the comment section? ?

  • RaginB

    They got it right with this one

  • ClaireHuxtable

    It'll be Big news if they ever choose Rick Ross or Wayne! Idris is a no-brainer. In fact, I can't believe he didn't get it sooner.

  • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

    Is Idris the first black one? Denzel never got it? Is Dwayne Johnson disqualified for being biracial?

  • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

    ??? I voted early so I'm free to do whatever I like today.

  • ShWa

    Yes he is a sexy man.

  • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

    I have never had interest in seeing a Fast & Furious movie but I'm going to see this one.

  • cristalle1

    Well deserved, Idris is really turning into a silver fox. He is grown and sexy with an English accent, loves the sisters...perfect.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Sandra, why did you post the picture of that woman? This post is only about Idris!!!!

    He is so dam fine. Geez...

  • Dowoop

    Those two can win creature of the year.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Not even a blind person would choose Rick Ross. :-|

  • Connie

    Lol!

  • iWasteTime

    Denzel got it in 96

  • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

    I thought so.

  • iWasteTime

    I'm counting Dwayne. He always acknowledges the Johnson side of his family and how they escaped via the underground rail road

  • Floriduhh Evans

    ???

  • Satin Panther

    Yeah they need to stop making F&F like NOW! I think the directors are sick of making it as well which is why they giving Vin Diesel and Cryreese a break and focus on Jason and the Rock, they are the reason why the last F&F grossed more than the other movies in the past.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lmaooo

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Hmmmm hhmmmm good . I’ll slam dunk it ?????

  • wonderwoman

    Now that’s a morning wood I can get behind, on top, in between. You get my point. Well deserved.

  • isaiit

    Morning wood

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    You're right. I guess the writeup is wrong then, since it said Idris was the first.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lol...got it!

  • Prettybrowneyes

    Maybe it's their first time voting and don't know how to act ??

  • Dr. P

    Why tho? He looks like a drunkard. He used to be fine...emphasis on used to be...still quite attractive, but THE sexiest? Chile cheese!!!

  • Coco Mcluvin

    He is chocolate and fine and intelligent and that accent ??

  • KcoolMuziq

    Idris(whom I worked with in the Jada Pinkett-Smith directed "The Human Contract") is a very cool, lowkey, humble man.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Are U saying they also feel,smell,sound & taste ugly too?

  • Coy little wink

    Chile...imagine him about to mount you whispering dirty talk in that accent...

    * falls out

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Coy Coy! This is a family show!

  • DroneRivers

    Chile, Rick Ross's titties are almost as big as mine. That is a hard and fast NO. NEVER gonna happen. Lol

  • Alextra Ballard

    Congrats Idris....he still kinna handsome...but something or someone has zapped away alla his sex appeal...they should have cawt him 5.5 years ago when he was at the peek of his sexiness.

  • DroneRivers

    lmao

  • DroneRivers

    K. Michelle is who did it. He hasn't looked the same since. smh

  • Angelique Johnson

    HELL YEAH

  • iWasteTime

    somebody get Coy a towel!

  • WhoKnew

    Why???? LOL. Now my imagination is all over da map early in da mornin.
    https://media.tenor.com/images/2573a7db9e3a04b36f26a58da4340839/tenor.gif

  • Coy little wink

    What I do?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    L0l! These are some weird times. People are calling right wrong & wrong right. I'm just glad they didn't select Trump.

  • SpillyNillie

    Now dis here is some Morning Wood!! Love you Idris!!!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    a bucket of ice water!

  • DroneRivers

    You got a point! I guess anything is possible lol

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Took the show from a PG13 to a Rated X.

  • Coy little wink

    I blame coco..

  • Coy little wink
  • Coy little wink

    It's chirren in here? My bad...

  • Coco Mcluvin

    ???????

  • ClaireHuxtable

    L0l! Yeahhh right. Typical deflector...lay the blame on someone else. You must work in the Trump administration.

  • Coy little wink

    He never even acknowledged that heffa. That bish lied...

  • Pamela

    Stevie Wonder would agree.

  • SpillyNillie

    I with you...I need evidence before I believe her...

  • SpillyNillie

    He seems real laid back and cool. My type of guy...

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Now we'll have to blindfold all these peoples' children in here!
    *grabs up 3 to 6 year olds*

    Ok...now you may continue...

  • Indies beauty

    Where? He is not fine.

  • SpillyNillie

    Chirren?!?!?! WHERE???

  • Judge Mental Will

    You don't have to be fine to be sexy lol

  • Judge Mental Will

    He can get it

  • Lolita lamone

    ?

  • Coy little wink

    Chile...I'm just playing along idk

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Idris is so fine...his accent is so sexy. Told my sister I wanna go to London just to meet a brotha with an accent...they dont gotta be cute just talk eloquently...

  • Coy little wink

    Him and his avatar could get it...at the same damn time!

  • Judge Mental Will

    omg ????

  • Kimocha

    I agree with People Magazine 100%!..Love me some Idris! ?

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I wouldn't last a second with him in the same room...one whisper and my eyes would roll back like the Excorcist...
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/167159ee3b39ab1c5d61cc589cb7eb1199ce1ac1528c3e9fcba59486b01686f7.gif

  • Trace da Ace

    yaaaassss!!!! Come on thru Mr. Elba!!! wit you fine azz!!!

  • Trace da Ace

    hell yeah!!! he can get it all day, night and in between!!!

  • MJF

    Fine is actually an understatement! He is so sexy AND handsome!

  • Tammie Reed

    Yes lawd!

  • HalleMerry

    5 years too late,but YES!!!!

  • T Willis

    Meh. Idris isn’t for me. He reminds me of my dad. Older guy who’s handsome and distinguished, but sexy? Meh... congrats though! About time a dark skinned man made the list (I plead ignorance if he’s not the first lol)

  • HalleMerry

    Wait what? Villain? Thanks...off 2 investigate.

  • T Willis

    I don’t see either. He’s handsome, but I wouldn’t look twice... I think he’s more of “sexy” kind of guy for older women.

  • Indies beauty

    Lol y'all have a point but I dont find him sexy or handsome...

  • HalleMerry

    Tastes like Wing stop,Lemon Pepper Wings!!!

  • Pamela

    Ageist much?

  • HalleMerry

    Well,If UGLY ars Blake could win last year...??????

  • HalleMerry

    I'm 34,I've been in Lust with him for YEARS!!!..

  • MJF

    Lol oh wow to each his own babygirl!

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Hèll yeah, that tall cup of chocolate latte can get it. And i can tell hes working with something nice and filling. Black with no sugar, no cream. ?

  • hottlanta

    So that is why flava flav get all the chicks

  • Django the God

    From Blake Shelton to Idris Elba...

  • Django the God
  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I agree but he lost cool points for dating K.Michelle.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Congats Idris well deserved

  • Renee26

    Yes!! I agree... And LOVE men who don't know how fine and sexy they are. They just have a natural swag... Won't see no kissy face pics on Idris' page

  • T3

    That pissed me off too! The nerve of us lol

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Although he aint as cute as before he got with that strong face girl i think he deserves it

  • Renee26

    Honey fugging and dating are 2 different things...she was a convenient screw whilw they worked on a project together... Nothing more

  • Renee26

    Is this your submission??

  • Renee26

    Say it again!!

  • Renee26

    Is your daddy single??

  • Renee26

    No no no... You gots to get your own my brotha ?

  • Renee26

    ?

  • Renee26

    Ewwwww stop it

  • Renee26

    Right.... Fuggin is one thing

  • Renee26

    Girl my ? jumped at the thought

  • Renee26

    ? ? ?

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    ???? I still can't look at him the same anymore ?

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    ????

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Hello my Morning Wood :)

  • Renee26

    Lol at drunkard.... What's that young woman doing to him??

  • Renee26

    ?

  • Django the God

    LOL

  • Renee26

    Yeah... Now he's going to have to strap up before he can get these goodies ? before I would have given him allll my children ?

  • Django the God

    Submit... I get chose.

  • Alextra Ballard

    And she still pissed becuz he won't even acknowledge their relationship

  • Alana Sims

    Thats mighty Fine by me! ??

  • EMILY POST

    It’s something about non black publications trying to tell me what black person I should think is sexy...is weird to me.
    He been hot we didn’t need people to tell us that! But I guess late ass liberal Hollywood publications.

  • Coy little wink
  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Gurl me too?

  • BaileyBlue17

    Yes Lawd!! Idris is SEXY. He can get it. Lol

  • Quitedeliteful

    before he got with that strong face girl
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Snicker...

  • Quitedeliteful

    Cute pic!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Cute pic!

  • Judge Mental Will

    lol

  • Judge Mental Will

    lol

  • Judge Mental Will

    Wait a minute now.. ??

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Yes he is!????

  • Django the God

    Thank you.

    That's my People pose.

  • Kanyade

    beautiful, black man there. handsome, sexy, charismatic, talented. congrats.

  • hottlanta

    Yep looking like a gremlin with a sexy barry white voice. Werks everytime.

  • abby500

    He is sexy. Even sexier with that golden queen on his arm.

  • abby500

    Hahaaa....savage ??

  • Logan Roberts

    Hey Bae ?

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    Yassss!

  • Dane

    Facts

  • friendofblog

    I thought I was the only one who noticed the drunk look. He got it.

  • Lolly Asher

    Swing vote.

  • Coffee1st

    Even sexier with that golden queen on his arm
    ----------------------------
    Facts.^^^^^^^
    She's melanated and seems to have class. They look beautiful together.

  • Coffee1st

    ???

  • Renee26

    IJS... He sounds handsome

  • Renee26

    Bitter Kimberly needs to get her life and quit missing what she never had

  • Miss Thang

    I would do some very naughty things for this man...

  • Miss Thang

    yesssssssssssss

  • Miss Thang

    lmao

  • jujumanji

    Great choice but why is he the first black sexiest man? There have been plenty over the years. But still congrats. I love his accent.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Its that scrong mug fiance of his. Her body is a 15 out of 10 but that dude face is tragiccccccccc.

  • Dahl

    Local newscaster here announced it saying she was happy her boyfriend won, didn’t crack a smile or say j/k, nothing, just kept rolling with the story. Her co-anchor had to finally cut in and say, “in your head.”

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Yes LAWD!!! Me wearing nothing but heels, baby oil and a smile. Feathers, hand cuffs, halls and fruit roll ups on the night stand.

    I would double dare that sèxy MF to try to out freak me.

    I need a five minute break.?

  • Coy little wink
  • MRiGOThim

    I would have to agree :P

  • joel adams

    Glad he not beard gang. Not the sexiest tho

  • Mr. Poopybutthole

    man I would've kept rewinding and watching that over and over

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    ????. Wrap that roll up around his big dìck and suc....I'm going to stop there.

    Somebody told me it works. I'm too innocent to try it ??.

  • Coy little wink

    ????

  • Jussjess25

    Yes very deserving ! I cant wait for them to let him play the first black james bond . They know dam well that would be good

  • Jussjess25

    Really lmfaooo that funny af!

  • Jussjess25

    He isnt the first?? Oh yea I think they gave it to denzel one year ?

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Bol???. Like i said, somebody told me about that. ?

  • ViolettaBliss

    He lost his attractiveness when he had an affair with that nasty creature K. Michelle. With all the beautiful classy women at his disposal he chose to go ghetto rat. Yuck !

  • Dahl

    I wish I could’ve, but I was at work and was caught off guard

  • Chapter29Chick

    He is handsome, but has never appealed to me as attractive, yes u can be handsome and not attractive dont argue with me, however i do have a lot of friends who obsess over this man. So he fits the bill, congrats 2 him.

  • Chapter29Chick

    Ewwww gross lol

  • jujumanji

    That's what I thought but I the write up said first. Then again I should've known Sandra's writeup was to be read with a grain of salt lol.

  • Jussjess25

    Yass, you know auntie always has a shady undertone whenever she makes an outlandish comment ??