Elba, who was revealed as the victor on Monday's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, follows in the equally sexy footsteps of previous winners including David Beckham, Mel Gibson and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Though he played football, basketball and cricket at his all-boys school in London, Elba, who is the only child of African immigrants, said he was a target of bullies. Idris said on Instagram, seemingly oblivious to his own (very obvious) sexiness. "I'm honored and thankful", he said. What's even more important is your vote in the midterm elections.
The 44-year-old host also revealed the cover of the highly-anticipated magazine which featured the Beast Of No Nation with a huge smile on his face.
"I was very tall and skinny", says the 6'3" Elba. "And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, OK?"
While announcing the news, Elba encouraged Americans to go and vote on Tuesday. I got picked on a little bit, ' he continued to the publication. But as soon as I could grow a moustache, I was the coolest kid on the block.
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. "Grew a moustache, had some muscles, bonkers". Fallon had Elba perform poses to match the magazine's cover description of him as a "sweet, smouldering superstar".
"Congratulations on being the sexiest man alive".