Idris Elba Is PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive 2018
Style Magazine Newswire | 11/9/2018, 10:33 a.m.
Sure, he might have already received the title of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to drama — but Idris Elba has now been crowned Sexiest Man Alive! From his breakthrough role in America as drug kingpin Russell “Stringer” Bell on HBO’s hit series The Wire to his commanding portrayal of Norse God and Asgardian gatekeeper Heimdall in Marvel’s Thorfranchise, the British heartthrob, 46, has become one of Hollywood’s biggest — and sexiest — stars. Elba is PEOPLE’s 33rd Sexiest Man Alive, joining a long list of Hollywood’s hottest, starting with a then-29-year-old Mel Gibson in 1985 to last year’s pick Blake Shelton. Though he was an athlete at his all-boys school in London, playing first-string football, basketball, cricket, hockey and rugby, the actor insists he went through an awkward phase first. When he’s not being one of Hollywood’s brightest stars, Elba might be deejaying in Ibiza, kickboxing in Thailand, or designing his own clothing line, not to mention planning his wedding to his fiancée Sabrina Dhowre, 29, a model, to whom he proposed in February.