Idris Elba feels 'kind of sexy' after receiving People's Sexiest Man Alive title

People magazine has named Idris Elba as 2018's Sexiest Man Alive, and the British actor says the honour has given him a boost of self-confidence.

Actor calls tribute 'an ego boost for sure'

Idris Elba, seen here at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, has been named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. (Taylor Jewell/Invision/Associated Press)

People magazine has named Idris Elba as 2018's Sexiest Man Alive, and the British actor says the honour has given him a boost of self-confidence.

Elba, who starred in The WireLuther and Beasts of No Nation, was surprised after being crowned this year's winner, the magazine said .

"I was like, 'Come on, no way. Really?'" he told the magazine.

"Looked in the mirror, I checked myself out. I was like, 'Yeah, you are kind of sexy today.' But to be honest, it was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure."

Elba's selection was revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, with the actor appearing via satellite from London.

Fallon had Elba perform poses to match the magazine's cover description of him as a "sweet, smoldering superstar." Elba said of his selection, "My mom is going to be very, very proud."

The actor has also starred in Marvel's Thor film franchise and as Nelson Mandela in the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

One the side, Elba, 46, also performs under the deejay name DJ Big Driis and has his own clothing line.

He is planning a wedding with his fiancée Sabrina Dhowre, an actress, model and former Miss Vancouver whom he met in the B.C. while filming The Mountain Between Us.

Elba attends the London premiere of his film Yardie with fiancée Sabrina Dhowre in August. (Grant Pollard/Invision/Associated Press)

The actor has a 16-year-old daughter, Isan, and a 4-year-old son, Winston, from previous relationships.

Child of immigrants, teased during childhood

Elba told People about his upbringing as an only child of African immigrants growing up in East London. The actor said his parents were strict and he got picked on often while attending an all-boys school despite playing an array of sports including football, basketball, cricket, hockey and rugby.

"I was very tall and skinny," recalled Elba, who stands at 6-foot-3.

"And my name was Idrissa Akuna Elba, OK? I got picked on a little bit. But again, as soon as I could grow a mustache, I was the coolest kid on the block. Grew a mustache, had some muscles, bonkers."

Past winners include Dwayne Johnson, David Beckham, Chris Hemsworth, Adam Levine, Channing Tatum and last year's honouree, country star Blake Shelton.

Elba will be featured in a special double issue that will hit newsstands Friday. The actor said he tries to live life without few regrets.

"Life isn't about thinking about what you should have done," he said.

"I think everyone should adopt the philosophy that tomorrow is not promised so just go for it today. You might as well do it to your heart's content."