Speaking about his new title, the 46-year-old revealed that, after being "picked on" as a kid, it was a "nice surprise". Elba said of his selection, "My mum is going to be very, very proud". "Also thank you to you, Jimmy", he added before sending a shout-out to the "Tonight Show" band: "Quest and The Roots, what up?"
"I'm honoured & thankful", Elba wrote on Instagram after the announcement, before directing fans attention to tomorrow's elections.
No doubt the talented thespian - who has been considered to portray 007 James Bond - owes plenty of his success to living with as few regrets as possible. But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling.
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He also took the opportunity to encourage his followers to vote in the upcoming United States midterm elections.
'I was very tall and skinny.
A screen grab of actor Idris Elba's Twitter handle after he was named the sexiest man of the year. "And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, okay?" He shortly afterwards tweeted a response, in which he got a little political. "Your vote can make a difference!" he said.
Elba has two children - a 16-year-old daughter, Isan, and a four-year-old son, Winston. "Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers".
He's now planning a wedding to model Sabrina Dhowre, 29, who he proposed to in February.