You might recognize Idris Elba from Luther, Thor: Ragnorok, or from playing Michael Scott’s temporary replacement Charles on The Office. You may also recognize him from the cover of People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive issue, because yeah…he just won that (!!!).
In the last ten years, only one other man of color has been named Sexiest Man Alive: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
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2008 saw Hugh Jackman grace the cover, 2010 saw Ryan Reynolds, 2013 saw Adam Levine, and so forth, until Johnson broke the cycle of white dudes in 2016.
Of receiving the honor, Elba joked that “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.'” Elba dethrones country singer Blake Shelton, who won last year’s title.
Elba also jokes in the November 2018 issue that as a kid, “My name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, okay? I got picked on a little bit…But as soon as I could grow a mustache, I was the coolest kid on the block.”
Hey, if the mustache fits…wear it.