Actor Idris Elba is still not James Bond, but the newly crowned British heartthrob dethroned Blake Shelton as People’s Sexiest Man Alive.

According to Yahoo, people were so happy it wasn’t Shelton this year.

The star of “Luther” told People he was surprised to bring an end to the country singer’s reign in 2017, but he never thought he would land the famous cover.

When he first heard the news, he thought:

“I was like, ‘Come on, no way. Really?

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.”

But what makes Elba so appealing?

According to People, one of the “sexiest” qualities about Elba is his love for fatherhood and the way he gushes all over his children.

The father of daughter Isan, 16, and son Winston, 4, says he constantly embarrasses his kids, especially when he reaches for a hug or kiss in public.

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A laughing Elba said:

“I tend to be conscious of my daughter’s space. I’m super doting as a dad. Big hugs, kisses, lots of love-yous and all of that.

I’m sure my daughter’s like, ‘All right dad, chill out.’ My son, he gets it. But he’s still at that age where he loves a cuddle.”

He revealed that one of the happiest moments of his life was when his children, from past relationships, were born. He explained:

“Just watching that whole process come to life.

Being witness to the birth of my children, happy and healthy, is the biggest, biggest, most best thing ever.”

Congratulations to Idris for being People’s 33rd hottest Hollywood star.

For more on why People chose Elba as the Sexiest Man Alive, watch the video below:

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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