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.
He went on to say, "I'm really, really happy with that, man. Thank you so much, People magazine for making me sexiest man in the world".
The honor came as a surprise for Elba, who called it an "ego boost".
Elba is People's 33rd Sexiest Man Alive, joining a long list of Hollywood's hottest, starting with a then-29-year-old Mel Gibson in 1985 to last year's pick Blake Shelton.
Check out the cover photo below... Idris said on Instagram, seemingly oblivious to his own (very obvious) sexiness.
Hilariously, Elba looked unimpressed with his cover image at first before admitting, "It's incredible". This is only the third time a man of colour has won the award, following Johnson in 2016 and Denzel Washington 10 years before.
Elba in August stoked the rumours that he was set to become the first black actor to play Bond when he posted a cryptic message on Twitter using one of the character's best-known lines - "My name's Elba, Idris Elba". He shortly afterwards tweeted a response, in which he got a little political.
He said: "Who'd have thought it!" But again, as soon as I could grow a mustache, I was the coolest kid on the block.
People, a weekly magazine in the USA, unveiled Elba in their cover this week. What's even more important is your vote in the midterm elections. "Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers." he told People magazine. "Your vote can make a difference!"
The dad of two - of 16-year-old daughter, Isan and 4-year-old son, Winston - said he strives to live with as few regrets as possible.
Two tourists - a 46-year-old woman and a 12-year-old girl - were attacked in separate incidents in the same area in September. Rescue helicopter crewman Ben McCauley told reporters the scene was "gruesome".
She said she will be taking up the matter "very strongly" with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis . The Maharashtra minister said orders to capture the tigress were given when she killed five people.
Liam Hemsworth , Priyanka Chopra, and Adam DeVine also star in the rom-com set for release on Valentine's Day, 2019. She also apologised for blocking fans on Twitter who corrected her original comments.
Democrats have a lengthy list of their own priorities they would like to vote on such as lowering prescription drug costs. But Trump is more popular than Harry Truman in 1946 and 1950, Reagan in 1982 - amazing, isn't it? - and Bush in 2006.
Throughout the many struggles with his health, Sam's friends were still by his side and frequently visited him over the years. They'd watch footy like they used to and share a beer, even if that meant just a sip for Sam when Katie left the room.
During her two-week hospitalization in July, Lovato was surrounded by her loved ones, including ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama . She's 26, you know? What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time.
It was only a matter of time before the world's most popular video game and the most popular sport in the United States collided. Fun fact: This will be the first time a video game features female characters wearing full National Football League uniforms.
After all, there was so much hype and anticipation surrounding the duel between the two best quarterbacks in the game. Aaron Rodgers , but those two won't be on the field together without something really weird happening.
Of course, with the Vikings and Bears being flexed into the Sunday night game, that means someone had to be flexed out. The Jaguars (3-5) are tied for last in the AFC South while the Steelers (5-2-1) are ranked first in the AFC North.
Since the launch of iPad pro a few days ago, Apple users are going insane with joy because of the new cool and elegant wallpapers. Now, the Mac Mini has quad- and 6-core processors, up to 64GB of memory and an all-flash storage that is blisteringly-fast.
Russian jet intercepts US Navy spy plane over Black Sea
"On Nov. 5, 2018, a US EP-3 Aries aircraft flying in global airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27. These type of actions "put our aircrews in danger", and "there is no reason for this behavior", the spokesperson continued.
Reagan: Birthright citizenship is wrong for America
Some illegal aliens may consent to be under U.S. jurisdiction after they arrive, but consent is a two-way street. Immigration law, though, adopts a fiction necessitated by the reality of borders and border inspections.
Messi named in Barcelona squad for Inter clash
Messi , 31, has not played since breaking a bone in his arm in the win over Sevilla on October 20. Asked about the prospect of him playing, Valverde stated: "We'll see how he will be".
Accused Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' faces USA trial
Prosecutors say the Sinaloa Cartel, named for Guzman's home state, smuggled more than 200 tons of cocaine into the United States. Even Guzman's lawyers are in the dark as to all the former associates, hired hands or rivals who have turned informants.
Where to go: Bonfire Night 2018 in West Leeds
Many Scots would gather for more intimate fireworks displays before the larger scale town displays become more common place. Taking place a little before the fact on Saturday November 3, the fireworks will be held in Birmingham's Botanical Gardens.
Shares fall as Apple warns on sales
Emerging markets and foreign exchange costs were the issues that the company blamed for their poor Q4 report. Apple's revenue from other products recorded the maximum growth, bringing in US$4.23 billion, up by 31% YoY.