The 46-year-old British actor who is the 33rd hunk to receive the People magazine honor, found his breakthrough role as drug kingpin Russell “Stringer” Bell on HBO’s “The Wire,” and has starred in dozens of TV series and films throughout his career, including his portrayal of Heimdall in Marvel’s “Thor” franchise.
“Congratulations on being the sexiest man alive. We have the cover here,” Fallon said. “It refers to you as a sweet, smoldering superstar. Can we see a little smolder?”
Showing off his sweet and smoldering looks to the delight of the studio audience, Idris Elba 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.”