The US-based magazine today revealed who it deems to be the sexiest men in the world, and topping the list this year was none other than British-born actor Idris Elba.

He joins the elite club the magazine has deemed hot enough to grace their cover since it began the tradition in 1985.

Other “Sexiest Men Alive” include Denzel Washington, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and John F Kennedy Jnr.

Elba told the magazine that this accolade is a boost to his ego.

“I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?'” the actor said when he was told the news.  “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.”

In honour of his new status, here’s a gallery of a few times the actor has looked his most dashing, proving that he looks great whether in a suit or just jeans and a casual shirt.

Idris Elba attends the UK premiere of “100 Streets” on November 8, 2016 at BFI Southbank in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Actor Idris Elba attends the ‘Molly’s Game’ UK premiere held at Vue West End on December 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Idris Elba attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris)
Idris Elba, wearing the Idris Elba + Superdry IE Ghost Button Down Denim Shirt, celebrates the launch of his new Boxpark retail space which will stock Idris Elba + Superdry exclusively on August 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett)
Idris Elba seen at BBC Radio 2 on August 23, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford)