Idris Elba named Peo­ple’s ‘sex­i­est man alive’

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LOS AN­GE­LES — Ac­tor Idris Elba, who James Bond fans are cam­paign­ing to be the next per­son to play 007, was named the sex­i­est man alive on Mon­day by Peo­ple mag­a­zine.

The Lon­don-born ac­tor, 46, said he didn’t be­lieve it when the mag­a­zine told him.

“I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Re­ally?’” Elba told the celebrity pub­li­ca­tion. “Looked in the mir­ror, I checked my­self out. I was like, ‘Yeah, you are kind of sexy to­day.’ But to be hon­est, it was just a nice feel­ing. It was a nice sur­prise — an ego boost for sure.”

One of Bri­tain’s best-known stars, Elba won a Golden Globe for his lead role in BBC tele­vi­sion de­tec­tive series Luther, played a Norse god in Thor, and ap­peared in US TV series The Wire.

Other ac­tors and singers who have been given the ti­tle by the mag­a­zine’s ed­i­tors in re­cent years in­clude Blake Shel­ton, Chris Hemsworth, Adam Levine, Ge­orge Clooney, and Chan­ning Tatum.

Only two other non-white men — African-Amer­i­can star Den­zel Wash­ing­ton in 1996 and Dwayne “The Rock” John­son, whose mother is Samoan and whose father is black Cana­dian, in 2016 — have won the ti­tle since Peo­ple started the fea­ture in 1985.

Fans have been cam­paign­ing for Elba, the son of African im­mi­grants to Bri­tain, to take over from Daniel Craig as se­cret agent James Bond in the lu­cra­tive movie fran­chise af­ter the next Bond film, due for re­lease in 2020.

Elba in Au­gust stoked the ru­mors 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 best­known lines — “My name’s Elba, Idris Elba.” Days later he flatly de­nied it was go­ing to hap­pen, how­ever.

Elba ap­pears on the cover of a spe­cial dou­ble is­sue of Peo­ple that ar­rives on news­stands on Fri­day. —


DIREC­TOR AND ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Idris Elba poses dur­ing a pho­to­call to pro­mote the movie Yardie at the 68th Ber­li­nale In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in Ber­lin, Ger­many, Feb. 22.

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