Idris Elba Gets Political After Being Crowned People’s Sexiest Man Alive For 2018

Idris Elba Gets Political After Being Crowned People’s Sexiest Man Alive For 2018

The British actor celebrated his new status with a message about the U.S. midterms.

People magazine crowned British actor Idris Elba as its Sexiest Man Alive for 2018 on Monday and he wasted no time in getting political while promoting the new title.

Who'd have thought it! Thank you @people & all the fans for naming me #SexiestManAlive. 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!👊🏾

— Idris Elba (@idriselba) November 6, 2018

Elba, who found fame as drug kingpin Russell “Stringer” Bell in HBO’s acclaimed crime drama “The Wire,” told People his new status was “a nice surprise” and “an ego boost for sure.” On Monday’s broadcast of “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon,” Idris claimed his mother would be “very, very proud.”

The news was well received on Twitter, where Elba was also honored with his own emoji:

Change is in the air this #ElectionDay. Congrats to Idris Elba. And, yes, I'm making every post about #voting until this election is over.

— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 6, 2018

OMG OMG OMG!! 1 Million times YES!!!!! @idriselba 👊🏼❤️

— Michelle Stafford (@TheRealStafford) November 6, 2018

I once saw @idriselba’s bicep in person, and I can confirm that this is a great choice.

— Samantha Highfill (@samhighfill) November 6, 2018

@idriselba the sexiest man alive. This is not an opinion. It is a fact.

— Megan Sass (@Megan_Sass) November 6, 2018


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