2018 Sexiest Man Alive: People Magazine selects... Idris Elba!

A man with talent, poise and looks to kill: Idris Elba is this year's Sexiest Man Alive.

Fans have lobbied People for years to choose Elba for its top spot, but for Elba, 46, the news came as a surprise. The announcement was "an ego boost for sure," he told the outlet.

British-born Elba first made a name for himself in the United States in 2002 on HBO's acclaimed "The Wire," on which he played a drug kingpin. He's since become one of the world's hottest movie actors, starring in blockbusters including the "Avengers" and "Star Trek" franchises and the Oscar-nominated "Molly's Game."

Idris Elba out and about
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TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Idris Elba speaks to the media at the premiere of 'The Mountain Between Us' during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 30: Idris Elba attends 'The Dark Tower' photocall at the Whitby Hotel on July 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Idris Elba attends the UK premiere for '100 Streets' on November 8, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Idris Elba (L) and Sabrina Dhowre attend Idris Elba's Christmas Party at Kadie's Cocktail Bar & Club on December 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 06: Actor Idris Elba arrives for the 'Molly's Game UK film premiere in London, United Kingdom on December 06, 2017. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 01: Director Idris Elba attends the 'Yardie' red carpet arrivals during the Sundance Film Festival at Picturehouse Central on June 1, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 28: In this handout provided by FIA Formula E, Actor Idris Elba drives the Formula E track car. during the Paris E-Prix in the Paris ePrix, Round 8 of the 2017/18 FIA ABB Formula E Series at Circuit des Invalides on April 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sam Bloxham - Handout/FIA Formula E via Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 05: Actor Idris Elba arrives on the red carpet for the Santos de Cartier Watch Launch at Pier 48 on April 5, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images)
BERLINALE, BERLIN, GERMANY - 2018/02/22: Idris Elba attends the 'Yardie' press conference during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel. (Photo by Beata Siewicz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Idris Elba attends as The House of Remy Martin celebrates the APEX Social Club at the WanderLuxxe House with Common and Friends on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Remy Martin)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba attend the 'Molly's Game' UK premiere at Vue West End on December 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14:Idris Elba attends Ferrari: Under the Skin hosted by Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black, Directors of the Design Museum, and Dylan Jones, Editor of GQ at the Design Museum on November 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Kate Winslet and Idris Elba during filming of the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. (Photo by Isabel Infantes/PA Images via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Idris Elba (R) and guest attend the premiere of 'The Mountain Between Us' during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 561 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Idris Elba talks with host Seth Meyers during an interview on August 1, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 31: Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba attend 'The Dark Tower' New York Premiere on July 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Elba is the 33rd star chosen for the coveted title. The competition began in 1985 and through the years has crowned heartthrobs including Harrison Ford, Patrick Swayze, Denzel Washington and John F. Kennedy, Jr.

After more than three decades of winners, Elba marks the second black man to claim the title after Washington took it in 1996. The very first winner was Mel Gibson in 1985.

Below are all of People's Sexiest Men Alive through the years:

People's Sexiest Man Alive
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People's Sexiest Man Alive

1985: Mel Gibson

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1986: Mark Harmon

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1987: Harry Hamlin

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1988: John F. Kennedy Jr.

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1989: Sean Connery

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1990: Tom Cruise

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1991: Patrick Swayze

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1992: Nick Nolte

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1993: Richard Gere

(Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

1994: Keanu Reeves

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1995: Brad Pitt

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1996: Denzel Washington

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1997: George Clooney

(Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

1998: Harrison Ford

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1999: Richard Gere

(Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

2000: Brad Pitt

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2001: Pierce Brosnan

(Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

2002: Ben Affleck

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2003: Johnny Depp

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2004: Jude Law

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2005: Matthew McConaughey

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2011: Bradley Cooper

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2013: Adam Levine

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2006: George Clooney

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2007: Matt Damon

(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

2008: Hugh Jackman

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

2009: Johnny Depp

(AP Photo/Tim Aylen)

2010: Ryan Reynolds

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2012: Channing Tatum

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2014: Chris Hemsworth

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2015: David Beckham

(Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)

2016: Dwayne Johnson

(Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

2017: Blake Shelton

(Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

2018: Idris Elba

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