Idris Elba says it was an “ego boost” to be named People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2018.

The hunky actor has been handed the annual honour by the popular celebrity magazine.

Asked what he thought about his triumph, he said: “I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?’ 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.”

However, the 46-year-old Brit and DJ insist he wasn’t always such a catch and went through an awkward phase growing up.

The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star explains: “I was very tall and skinny. And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, OK?

“I got picked on a little bit. But as soon as I could grow a moustache, I was the coolest kid on the block. Grew a moustache, had some muscles, bonkers.”

The Hollywood hunk is brimming with confidence, but he also feels it is important to stay “humble and grounded”.

Idris shared: “It’s important to have eye contact and empathy. You know, sort of reading someone’s vibe. I love being confident, but also I know when to rein it in and just stay humble and grounded.”

And he doesn’t want to regret everything he’s done.

He told People magazine: “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.”

Previous winners of the Sexiest Man Alive award include Blake Shelton (2017), Dwayne Johnson (2016), David Beckham (2015) and Chris Hemsworth (2014).

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