Idris Elba named 'sexiest man of the year'

Idris Elba

Idris Elba

On Monday's broadcast of "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon", Idris claimed his mother would be "very, very proud." . And while the actor was not available to receive the honor in person, he did video chat with Jimmy Fallon for a brief moment.Elba was more than happy to wear the mantle of "Sexiest Man Alive".

Elba has two children - a 16-year-old daughter, Isan, and a four-year-old son, Winston. "It was a nice surprise - an ego boost for sure".

'I was like, "Come on, no way. Really?'" the actor tells People in this week's cover story. "Thank you so much People magazine for making me sexiest man in the world, I'm loving that", he said before bending his arm and flexing his bicep.

He's now planning a wedding to model Sabrina Dhowre, 29, who he proposed to in February.

"I was very tall and skinny".

Elba in August stoked the rumours that he was set to become the first black actor to play Bond when he posted a cryptic message on Twitter using one of the character's best-known lines - "My name's Elba, Idris Elba".

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Elba, who recently directed the film "Yardie", also told the magazine that as a kid he "got picked on a little bit", but when he got older and grew a mustache he was the "coolest kid on the block". "Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers", he revealed during the interview.

Idris is the 33rd man to be mentioned in the position, after Blake Shelton, Dwayne Johnson, Adam Levine and George Clooney among others.

Elba will be featured in a special double issue that will hit newsstands later this week.

For now, the actor strives to live with as few regrets as possible.

People, a weekly magazine in the USA, unveiled Elba in their cover this week. "You might as well do it to your heart's content".

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