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Idris Elba is the sexiest man in the world – and the internet loves it

The Internet has responded to Idris Elba's coronation by PEOPLE as the Sexiest Man Alive for 2018 – and the response is thoughtful.

Elba is PEOPLE's 33rd Sexiest Man Alive, joining a long list of Hollywood's hottest songs, starting with 29-year-old Mel Gibson in 1985 and last year's Blake Shelton. Recent winners include The Rock, Channing Tatum and David Beckham.

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His unveiling was on Monday night Tonight show with Jimmy Fallonwhere Elba said. "It's wonderful, I'm really happy with it, thank you PEOPLE magazine for making me the sexiest man in the world, my mother will be very, very proud."

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

To see more of Sexiest Man Alive – and to see who else did the cut – get the issue of PEOPLE on the kiosk on Friday.

Fans of Thor Actor, 46, quickly shared her enthusiasm on Twitter.

Others were glad that Elba was named the sexiest man in the world shortly before the midterm elections.

Some of his famous friends also helped Elba The realLoni Love tweets "Congratulations boo !!!"

Elba also tweeted after the big revelation and wrote, "Who would have thought that? Many Thanks @People & all fans for naming me #The hottest man in the world, Do not forget to pack your issue this week https://bit.ly/2OpbsSV. I am honored and thankful. Even more important is your vote in the midterm elections. Your voice can make a difference! "

In the cover story of this week, Elba PEOPLE tells that he could not believe he was named the sexiest Man Alive.

"I was like," Come on, no way. Really? "Says the actor. "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. "

For more information on People's Sexiest Man Alive, click here and record the issue on Friday. And take your own official Sexiest Man Alive shirt from our brand new Amazon store.



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