He may or may not be the next James Bond.
But even if Idris Elba never lands the role of the planet's most famous secret agent, at least he now has earned one distinction that can never be taken away...
... he's the Sexiest Man Alive for 2018!
According to the editors at People Magazine!
The 46-year old rose to stardom as a businessman/drug dealer on HBO's The Wire and has since gone on to portray Norse God and Asgardian gatekeeper Heimdall in Marvel’s Thor franchise.
He has a sizzling accent, a ripped body and a face that ... well... just look at that face.
There's no way this honor could have been a surprise for Elba, right?
“I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?'” the actor tells People of the label, adding:
“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.”
Past Sexiest Men Alive (below) have included George Clooney, Blake Shelton Chris Hemsworth, Brad Pitt and Mel Gibson, among many others.
In this case, the handsome reveal was made on Monday night’s episode of the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
“It’s amazing! I’m really, really happy with that," Elba said opposite the host.
"Thank you so much People magazine for making me sexiest man in the world. My mum is going to be very, very proud.”
On Twitter, meanwhile, Elba accepted the praise and the recognition, while also sending out an important message.
"Who'd have thought it! Thank you @people & all the fans for naming me #SexiestManAlive," he wrote in reply, concluding:
"Don't forget to grab your issue this week... I'm honoured & thankful. What’s even more important is your vote in the midterm elections. Your vote can make a difference!"
Speaking to People, Elba added:
“Life isn’t about thinking about what you should have done.
"I think everyone should adopt the philosophy that tomorrow is not promised so just go for it today, man. You might as well do it to your heart’s content.”
He seems like basically the perfect human being.
As such, the Internet was rather thrilled with Elba's victory, with one person resorting to all-caps to exclaim:
"IDRIS ELBA IS FINALLY GETTING THE RECOGNITION HE DESERVES."
And others clearly feel the same way. To wit:
Do you agree with all these responses?
Is Idris Elba truly the Sexiest Man Alive?
Or did David Eason get robbed?