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

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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

Elba brings the party wherever he goes.

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DROPPING THE BEAT 

Those arms were made for deejaying.

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GRAB THE MIC 

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

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GREEN WITH ENVY

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 

What? Like it’s hard?

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IS IT HOT IN HERE?

Or is it just Elba in an oversized jacket?

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HIPSTER HAT

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

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CAT ATTACK

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

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A POP OF COLOR 

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

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ALL SMILES

Nothing like that smile!

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TURN UP CHARLIE

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

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

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JUST KIDDING, LUTHER’S ON IT 

And it doesn’t take a detective to figure out that he looks amazing while doing it.

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LOUNGING AROUND

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

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CALM, COOL AND CRAZY GOOD LOOKING

That’s Elba in a nutshell.

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CLASS ACT

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

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FLOWER POWER

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

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CAMPY AF 

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

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FLEX ZONE

Did we mention that Elba is a dedicated kickboxer?

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READY TO RUMBLE 

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 

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

Wedding attire definitely suits him well.

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CERTIFIED ZADDY 

The actor is dad to son Winston and daughter Isan.

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SAFETY SEAT 

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

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 

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

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EYE TO EYE

Stare into our souls, Idris.

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HE’S AS COOL AS ICE 

But sweet enough to bring home to mom.

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GENTLE TOUCH 

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?

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 

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

And he looked very “proppa” at that royal event.

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LAUGHING MATTERS 

A sense of humor? Check.

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HIGHWAY HOTTIE 

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

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

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ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU

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

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HOLIDAY HEAT

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

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FITNESS FIRST

Can one ever have enough workout pics?

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POWERFUL IN PINK 

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

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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

His eyes might actually have hypnotic powers.

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GETTING CHEEKY 

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

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

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HAPPY DAYS

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

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