Idris Elba is named People's Sexiest Man Alive

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In a tweet announcing the news, Elba thanked the magazine for the title and encouraged his American followers to vote in Tuesday's midterm elections. Elba met his fiance in Vancouver a year ago while he was in town filming the movie "The Mountain Between Us" with Kate Winslet. Now, he's finally got the recognition he deserves.

For decades now, People magazine has been choosing an A-list celebrity to be on their cover as the year's "Sexiest Man Alive".

"With Idris' smooth British accent, the salt-and-pepper beard, to his well-built 6" 3 frame, to that million dollar smile, that he was given the title is no mystery to anyone - except for the 46-year-old actor himself. "Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers." he told People magazine.

Elba, who starred in "The Wire" and "Luther", was surprised after being crowned this year's victor, the magazine said.

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Elba told People he was surprised with to be chosen at first. "Your vote can make a difference!" he wrote.

And now he's been named the Sexiest Man Alive and is tipped to play James, so take that, bullies. Following the rather unexpected choice of Blake Shelton as the 2017 victor, fans of the "Avengers: Infinity War" actor have been sharing their thoughts. This is only the third time a man of colour has won the award, following Johnson in 2016 and Denzel Washington 10 years before.

He has two children, and proposed to his model fiancee Sabrina Dhowre, 29, in February. When Good Morning Britain asked over the summer if they were looking at the next Bond, he simply replied, "No". Elba has acted in Beasts of No Nation, Thor, Bastille Day, Takers, and several others including the 2009 drama Obsessed in which he starred with Beyoncé Knowles. 'I think everyone should adopt the philosophy that tomorrow is not promised so just go for it today, man.

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