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!

It’s Idris Elba’s birthday today!

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IT’S LIT, FAM

Elba brings the party wherever he goes. 

Elba brings the party wherever he goes. 

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DROPPING THE BEAT 

Those arms were made for deejaying. 

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. 

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. 

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? 

What? Like it’s hard? 

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IS IT HOT IN HERE?

Or is it just Elba in an oversized jacket? 

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. 

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

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CAT ATTACK

Elba is playing Macavity in the new CATS movie! He’s purrrrrfect for the role. 

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! 

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

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ALL SMILES

Nothing like that smile! 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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 this year. 

Although the Met Gala also gave us Idris in front of a wall of roses this year. 

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CAMPY AF 

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

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?

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. 

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. 

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. 

Wedding attire definitely suits him well. 

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CERTIFIED ZADDY 

The actor is dad to son Winston, 5, and daughter Isan, 16. 

The actor is dad to son Winston, 5, and daughter Isan, 16. 

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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. 

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. 

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 

And he’s a pretty great dancer, too. 

And he’s a pretty great dancer, too. 

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CANDLELIT LOVE 

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

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

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EYE-TO-EYE

Stare into our souls, Idris. 

Stare into our souls, Idris. 

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HE’S COOL AS ICE 

But sweet enough to bring home to mom. 

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. 

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. 

We’re always down for a drink with Idris. 

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WE ACCEPT

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. 

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.  

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. 

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

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LAUGHING MATTERS 

A sense of humor? Check. 

A sense of humor? Check. 

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HIGHWAY HOTTIE 

We have a need for speed — and Idris. 

We have a need for speed — and Idris. 

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BOOK IT

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

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. 

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. 

Idris and Sabrina gave us couples’ goals at the Burberry London Fashion Week Show. 

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HOLIDAY HEAT

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

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

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FITNESS FIRST

Can one ever have enough workout pics?

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. 

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. 

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. 

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?

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

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HAPPY DAYS

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

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

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