In Honor of Idris Elba's 47th Birthday, Here Are 47 Photos of Him Living Up to His 2018 Sexiest Man Alive Title
Our 2018 Sexiest Man Alive has a long history of dazzling the cameras
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EXTRA, EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT
It’s Idris Elba’s birthday today!
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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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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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We would move to Brooklyn if it meant all the hipsters dressed like this.
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Elba is playing Macavity in the new CATS movie! He’s 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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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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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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Idris in a tux might be the best thing the Met Gala ever gave us.
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Although the Met Gala also gave us Idris in front of a wall of roses this year.
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And it gave us Idris in a floral jacket — something we didn’t know we needed.
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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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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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The actor is dad to son Winston, 5, and daughter Isan, 16.
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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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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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And he’s a pretty great dancer, too.
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Once again, we’re living vicariously through Idris’s ladylove.
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Stare into our souls, Idris.
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HE’S COOL AS ICE
But sweet enough to bring home to mom.
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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?
We’re always down for a drink with Idris.
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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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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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And he looked very “proppa” at that royal event.
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A sense of humor? Check.
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We have a need for speed — and Idris.
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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 couples’ goals at the Burberry London Fashion Week Show.
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And they also made us blush at a 2017 Christmas party.
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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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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 eye contact?
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Oh, right, his smile is also an incredible force.
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