“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?”
Elba, 46, showed off his sweet and smoldering looks, to the delight of the studio audience. He also caught his first glimpse of the cover and seemed 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.”
Unlike past Sexiest Men Alive (the cover has been a tradition since 1985), Elba doesn’t have a big upcoming project to promote. Elba, who became a star in the United States after HBO’s “The Wire,” had a memorable part in “Avengers: Infinity War” this year, reprising his role from the Thor franchise.
People reported that Elba, a father of two, keeps busy “deejaying in Ibiza, kickboxing in Thailand, or designing his own clothing line, not to mention planning his wedding to his fiancée Sabrina Dhowre, 29, a model.”
Plus, he’s working on the highly anticipated fifth season of “Luther,” which will reportedly debut on BBC One in the near future. His starring role as a brilliant detective earned him a Golden Globe Award and four Emmy nominations.
And while he wasn’t nominated for any awards for his brief stint on NBC’s “The Office,” we feel the need to remind everyone of this classic line:
Elba also recently shot down the persistent rumor that he would be the next actor to play James Bond — but a Sexiest Man Alive title won’t help quiet speculation. Here are all the previous winners, which include past 007s Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan:
1988: John F. Kennedy Jr.
1993: Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford (sexiest couple)
1994: No one — possible lack of sexiness that year
1999: Richard Gere (again)
2005: Matthew McConaughey
2006: George Clooney (again)
2009: Johnny Depp (again)