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 49th birthday!
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It's Idris Elba, a.k.a. PEOPLE's 2018 Sexiest Man Alive's birthday!
IT'S LIT, FAM
Elba brings the party wherever he goes.
DROPPING THE BEAT
Those arms were made for deejaying.
GRAB THE MIC
We'd listen to him talk to us in that gorgeous British accent all day.
GREEN WITH ENVY
What? Like it's hard?
IS IT HOT IN HERE?
Or is it just Elba in an oversized jacket?
We would move to Brooklyn if it meant all the hipsters dressed like this.
Elba played Macavity in the CATS movie! He was purrrrrfect for the role.
A POP OF COLOR
Elba's not afraid to stand out. And thank goodness for that!
Nothing like that smile!
TURN UP CHARLIE
His Netflix film, Turn Up Charlie, showed off both his DJ skills and his hot dad skills.
THIS IS A CASE FOR THE FBI
Elba played detective John Luther in the British crime drama, Luther.
JUST KIDDING, LUTHER'S ON IT
And it doesn't take a detective to figure out that he always looked amazing while doing it.
Imagine a lazy Saturday on the couch with PEOPLE's 2018 Sexiest Man Alive.
CALM, COOL AND CRAZY GOOD LOOKING
That's Elba in a nutshell.
Idris in a tux might be the best thing the Met Gala ever gave us.
Although the Met Gala also gave us Idris in front of a wall of roses, too.
And it gave us Idris in a floral jacket — something we didn't know we needed.
Did we mention that Elba is a dedicated kickboxer?
READY TO RUMBLE
The 2017 docu-series Idris Elba: Fighter chronicled his journey to taking on a professional fighter in the ring.
FEEL THE LOVE
Wedding attire definitely suits him well.
The actor is dad to son Winston and daughter Isan.
He gave Winston a (simulated) driving lesson at a Formula E event in Paris, and the pictures are almost too cute to handle.
He also happens to be a talented DJ, and even took over the music at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding reception.
And he's a pretty great dancer, too.
Once again, we're living vicariously through Idris's ladylove.
EYE TO EYE
Stare into our souls, Idris.
HE'S AS COOL AS ICE
But sweet enough to bring home to Mom.
When you're feeling sad, think about that time Idris and The Mountain Between Us director Hanny Abu-Assad played with a puppy.
CARE TO SHARE?
We're always down for a drink with Idris.
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.
Because he's also a caring son, Idris took his mom along when he was invited to an event at Buckingham Palace. Swoon.
And he looked very "proppa" at that royal event.
A sense of humor? Check.
We have a need for speed — and Idris.
Head over to Project Literacy to listen to Idris reading a children's book. You're welcome.
HITTING THE PAVEMENT
Just imagine Idris running by you on your way to work.
ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU
Idris and Sabrina gave us #couplegoals at the Burberry London Fashion Week Show.
And they also made us blush at a 2017 Christmas party.
Can one ever have enough workout pics?
POWERFUL IN PINK
Honestly, his T-shirt style is almost as drool-worthy as his formal looks.
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
His eyes might actually have hypnotic powers.
These two really make that whole "don't get jealous of other people's relationships" thing a challenge.
HE'S GOT THE LOOK
Seriously, is there anything more powerful than Idris and his eye contact?
Oh, right, his smile is also an incredible force.
Elba most recently joined the cast of Suicide Squad, bringing his charm to the crew.
MAN OF EVERY YEAR
And days before his 49th birthday, got all dressed up for the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London ... a.k.a. an early birthday gift to all of us. Happy 49th, Idris!