Most of us were not shocked when People Magazine throned Idris Elba as 2018’s Sexiest Man Alive, yet to the 46-year-old ‘Thor’ star it was an unexpected surprise. He now is in company with past winners David Beckham, Channing Tatum, and Adam Levine . Elba reminisces on the moment he heard the news, “I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really? Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy today,’ “
Regardless of his current chiseled physique that is now playing a Norse God, Elba was not always exuding self confidence. During his school years in London growing up he described himself as “tall and skinny”, yet active in many sports such as football and boxing. Over time Elba evolved into a handsome, somewhat rugged man which aided him in landing his acting gigs.
The breakout American role that catapulted his success was the role Russell “Stringer” Bell on HBO’s series The Wire. Leading to his role of Norse God and Agardian gatekeeper in the Thor franchise, Elba has been pegged as a top choice for any action packed film role that dances with danger.
Sexy can be defined in many ways and although his physical appearance makes women around the world swoon, his ambitious and well-grounded character justifies dubbing him as the Sexiest Man Alive. When not filming, Elba takes on new adventures like boxing in Thailand and starting his own clothing line. Family is a very large part of his life and is in the midst of planning a wedding with his fiancee Sabrina Dhowre, 29.
Sorry ladies, he’s taken. But there is no question why. When People Magazine questioned him about connection with others he stated, “eye contact and empathy. You know, sort of reading someone’s vibe,” he says. “I love being confident, but also I know when to rein it in and just stay humble and grounded.”
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