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Idris Elba is the sexiest man in HUMAN 2018: It's an ego boost for security

Sure, he may already have won the title of British Empire for his contribution to the drama – but Idris Elba has now been named the Sexiest Man Alive!

From his groundbreaking role in America as drug king Russell "Stringer" Bell in the HBO series The cable to his towering portrayal of the Norse God and the Asgardian Gatekeeper Heimdall in Marvels Thor Franchise, the British heartbreaker, 46, has become one of Hollywood's biggest and most sexy stars.

So, what did Elba think when he first heard of his latest song? "I was like," Come on, no way. Really? & # 39 ;, "tells actor PEOPLE in the cover story this week. "Looked in the mirror, I checked myself. I said, 'Yeah, today you're sexy somehow. But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise – certainly an ego thrust. "

Idris Elba as the sexiest man of the people

Idris Elba as the sexiest man of the people

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Elba is PEOPLE's 33rd Sexiest Man Alive, joining a long list of the hottest Hollywoods, from then 29-year-old Mel Gibson in 1985 to last year's Blake Shelton.

Although he was an athlete at his all-boys school in London, playing football, basketball, cricket, hockey and rugby, the actor insists that he first went through a difficult period. "I was very tall and skinny," says the 6 & 3 "Elba. "And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, okay? I was selected a bit. But as soon as I grew a mustache, I was the coolest kid in the block. I grew a mustache, had a few muscles, spinners. "

For more of The sexiest man in the world lives – and to see who else made the cut – pick up the issue of PEOPLE at the kiosk this week

If he is not one of Hollywood's best stars, Elba could be in Ibiza, kickboxing in Thailand or designing his own clothing line, not to mention planning his wedding with his fiancé Sabrina Dhowre, 29, a model he suggested February , But choosing the happiest moment of his life is easy.

"It's the greatest and best that I witness the birth of my children," says Elba, who has a 16-year-old daughter Isan and a 4-year-old son Winston (both from previous relationships). "I'm totally crazy, big hugs, kisses, lots of lovers. I'm sure my daughter says, "Alright Dad, chill out." My son is still the age when he loves cuddling. "

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Take a look at the complete episode of PEOPLE Cover Story: Sexiest Man Alive 2018Now stream on or download the PeopleTV app to your favorite device.

To connect, Elba has learned the meaning of "eye contact and empathy". You know, somehow you read someone's mood, "he says. "I love being confident, but I also know when to fool it and just stay humble and down to earth."

At the moment, the actor strives to live with as little regret as possible. "Life is not about thinking about what you should have done," Elba adds Fast & Furious ausgründen Hobbs & Shaw with the former sexiest Man Alive Dwayne Johnson. "I think everyone should accept the philosophy that tomorrow is not promised. You can as well do it to your heart's content. "

For even more The sexiest man in the world lives, click here and make sure you pick up the issue on Friday. And take your own official Sexiest Man Alive shirt from our brand new Amazon store!



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