Sexy Photos of 2018's Sexiest Man Alive, Idris Elba

Our 2018 Sexiest Man Alive has a long history of dazzling the cameras — let's celebrate him on his 50th birthday!

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EXTRA, EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT

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It's Idris Elba, a.k.a. PEOPLE's 2018 Sexiest Man Alive's birthday!

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IT'S LIT, FAM

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Elba brings the party wherever he goes.

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DROPPING THE BEAT

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Those arms were made for deejaying.

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GRAB THE MIC

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We'd listen to him talk to us in that gorgeous British accent all day.

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GREEN WITH ENVY

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And we're not talking about being jealous of his wife, Sabrina. We're talking about the tux that he wore to the 2019 Golden Globes ... although we are jealous of Sabrina.

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WINNER, WINNER

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What? Like it's hard?

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IS IT HOT IN HERE?

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Or is it just Elba in an oversized jacket?

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HIPSTER HAT

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We would move to Brooklyn if it meant all the hipsters dressed like this.

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CAT ATTACK

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Elba played Macavity in the CATS movie! He was purrrrrfect for the role.

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A POP OF COLOR

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Elba's not afraid to stand out. And thank goodness for that!

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ALL SMILES

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Nothing like that smile!

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TURN UP CHARLIE

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His Netflix film, Turn Up Charlie, showed off both his DJ skills and his hot dad skills.

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THIS IS A CASE FOR THE FBI

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Elba played detective John Luther in the British crime drama, Luther.

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JUST KIDDING, LUTHER'S ON IT

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And it doesn't take a detective to figure out that he always looked amazing while doing it.

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LOUNGING AROUND

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Imagine a lazy Saturday on the couch with PEOPLE's 2018 Sexiest Man Alive.

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CALM, COOL AND CRAZY GOOD LOOKING

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That's Elba in a nutshell.

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CLASS ACT

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Idris in a tux might be the best thing the Met Gala ever gave us.

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FLOWER POWER

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Although the Met Gala also gave us Idris in front of a wall of roses, too.

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CAMPY AF

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And it gave us Idris in a floral jacket — something we didn't know we needed.

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FLEX ZONE

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Did we mention that Elba is a dedicated kickboxer?

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READY TO RUMBLE

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The 2017 docu-series Idris Elba: Fighter chronicled his journey to taking on a professional fighter in the ring.

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WEDDING BELLS

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Because we weren't already overwhelmed with emotion during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, Idris had to show up looking impossibly dapper with then-fiancée Sabrina Dhowre.

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FEEL THE LOVE

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Wedding attire definitely suits him well.

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CERTIFIED ZADDY

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The actor is dad to son Winston and daughter Isan.

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SAFETY SEAT

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He gave Winston a (simulated) driving lesson at a Formula E event in Paris, and the pictures are almost too cute to handle.

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MUSIC MAN

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He also happens to be a talented DJ, and even took over the music at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding reception.

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DANCING KING

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And he's a pretty great dancer, too.

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CANDLELIT LOVE

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Once again, we're living vicariously through Idris's ladylove.

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EYE TO EYE

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Stare into our souls, Idris.

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HE'S AS COOL AS ICE

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But sweet enough to bring home to Mom.

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GENTLE TOUCH

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When you're feeling sad, think about that time Idris and The Mountain Between Us director Hanny Abu-Assad played with a puppy.

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CARE TO SHARE?

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We're always down for a drink with Idris.

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WE ACCEPT

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To support W.E. Can Lead, a non-profit that promotes girls' education in Africa, Elba fulfilled his followers' dream of receiving a date invitation.

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MAMA'S BOY

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Because he's also a caring son, Idris took his mom along when he was invited to an event at Buckingham Palace. Swoon.

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ROYAL READY

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And he looked very "proppa" at that royal event.

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LAUGHING MATTERS

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A sense of humor? Check.

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HIGHWAY HOTTIE

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We have a need for speed — and Idris.

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BOOK IT

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Head over to Project Literacy to listen to Idris reading a children's book. You're welcome.

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HITTING THE PAVEMENT

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Just imagine Idris running by you on your way to work.

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ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU

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Idris and Sabrina gave us #couplegoals at the Burberry London Fashion Week Show.

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HOLIDAY HEAT

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And they also made us blush at a 2017 Christmas party.

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FITNESS FIRST

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Can one ever have enough workout pics?

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POWERFUL IN PINK

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Honestly, his T-shirt style is almost as drool-worthy as his formal looks.

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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

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His eyes might actually have hypnotic powers.

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GETTING CHEEKY

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These two really make that whole "don't get jealous of other people's relationships" thing a challenge.

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HE'S GOT THE LOOK

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Seriously, is there anything more powerful than Idris and his eye contact?

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HAPPY DAYS

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Oh, right, his smile is also an incredible force.

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SQUAD GOALS

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Elba most recently joined the cast of Suicide Squad, bringing his charm to the crew.

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MAN OF EVERY YEAR

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Days before his 49th birthday, got all dressed up for the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London.

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MORNING GLORY

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When Elba sat down for a chat on The Morning in London last week, it was a good morning, indeed. Happy 50th Birthday to one of our favorites!

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