Idris Elba is Peo­ple’s Sex­i­est Man Alive

Cover re­vealed on The Tonight Show with Elba speak­ing via satel­lite from Lon­don Bill­board names Ariana Grande 2018 Woman of the Year

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Al­though the news cy­cle will be a bit pre­oc­cu­pied with the midterm elec­tions this week, Peo­ple mag­a­zine had an­other re­sult to share: the name of the 2018 Sex­i­est Man Alive.

On Mon­day night, the mag­a­zine de­clared Idris Elba, the beloved Bri­tish ac­tor, the win­ner of this year’s ti­tle. Jimmy Fal­lon broke the news on The Tonight Show, as he re­vealed the cover to Elba, who ap­peared via satel­lite from Lon­don.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions on be­ing the sex­i­est man alive. We have the cover here,” Fal­lon said. “It refers to you as a sweet, smoul­der­ing su­per­star. Can we see a lit­tle smoul­der?”

Elba, 46, showed off his sweet and smoul­der­ing looks, to the de­light of the stu­dio au­di­ence. He also caught his first glimpse at the cover, and was very pleased.

“It’s amaz­ing, I’m re­ally, re­ally happy with that. Thank you so much, Peo­ple mag­a­zine, for mak­ing me sex­i­est man in the world,” Elba said, flex­ing a bi­cep. “My mum is go­ing to be very, very proud.”

Un­like past Sex­i­est Men Alive (the cover has been a tra­di­tion since 1985), Elba doesn’t have a big up­com­ing pro­ject to pro­mote. Elba, who be­came a star in Amer­ica after HBO’S The Wire, had a mem­o­rable part in Avengers: In­fin­ity War this year, repris­ing his role from the Thor fran­chise. Peo­ple re­ported that Elba, a fa­ther of two, keeps busy “dee­jay­ing in Ibiza, kick-box­ing in Thai­land, or de­sign­ing his own cloth­ing line, not to men­tion plan­ning his wed­ding to his fi­ancée Sab­rina Dhowre, 29, a model.” A LIST OF PRE­VI­OUS WIN­NERS AT THES­TAR.COM/ EN­TER­TAIN­MENT Idris Elba is cur­rently work­ing on the highly-an­tic­i­pated fifth sea­son of Luther. NEW YORK—THE mu­sic in­dus­try is hon­our­ing Ariana Grande.

Bill­board on Tues­day named the 25-year-old award-win­ning singer its 2018 Woman of the Year. Grande will re­ceive the award at Bill­board’s 13th annual Women in Mu­sic event on Dec. 6 in New York City.

Pre­vi­ous re­cip­i­ents in­clude Tay­lor Swift, Lady Gaga, Madonna and Se­lena Gomez.

In a state­ment Bill­board’s vice-pres­i­dent of con­tent Ross Scarano says Grande “con­sis­tently stands up for her­self and her de­ci­sions in a world that of­ten isn’t hos­pitable to that sort of strength in young women.”

In the past year, Grande has had Top 40 hits in­clud­ing “No Tears Left To Cry,” “Breathin’” and “God Is A Woman.” She helped or­ga­nize the One Love Manch­ester con­cert last year, rais­ing Ariana Grande “con­sis­tently stands up for her­self and her de­ci­sions” in an of­ten un­friendly world, Bill­board said in a state­ment.

more than $23 mil­lion for vic­tims of the Manch­ester bomb­ing.


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