Idris Elba Named People Magazine’s 2018 Sexiest Man Alive, How Does He Compare With Past Selections?

After going country last year with Blake Shelton, the publication decided to head overseas to Jolly Ole England for its 33rd titleholder. Idris Elba has been crowned 2018’s Sexiest Man Alive.

“I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’” Elba tells PEOPLE about the honor. “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.”

Bravo to PEOPLE for finally giving the 46-year-old actor the title. He was a popular choice to take the honor last year, but Shelton snatched it up instead. It’s about time they added some flavor to the Sexiest Hall of Fame.

Idris Elba, Sexiest Man Alive 2018, Answers All Your Questions


How do you think Elba compares with previous selections? Check out all the covers since 2000 below and weigh in on which one is the sexiest in our poll.

People’s Sexiest Men Alive

2000 – Brad Pitt

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2001 – Pierce Brosnan

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2002 – Ben Affleck

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2003 – Johnny Depp

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2004 – Jude Law

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2005 – Matthew McConaughey

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2006 – George Clooney

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2007 – Matt Damon

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2008 – Hugh Jackman

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2009 – Johnny Depp

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2010 – Ryan Reynolds

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2011 – Bradley Cooper

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2012 – Channing Tatum

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2013 – Adam Levine

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2014 – Chris Hemsworth

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2015 – David Beckham

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2016 – Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

2017 – Blake Shelton

Who Are People's Sexiest Men Alive Since 2000?

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