Adam Levine may rule as People magazine’s sexiest man alive this year, but Essence magazine readers beg to differ with their pick for the publication’s Sexiest Man Alive for this year, Idris Elba.

According to, the actor, who has graced the big screen this year with notable roles in “Pacific Rim” and “Thor: The Dark World,” owes the honor more to his looks in addition to his talent.

To further add to the mix, Essence readers cited Elba’s charm as another reason for him earning the magazine’s recognition.

“When Elba smiles, he dazzles. We’re seeing stars, moons and rainbows right about now,” Essence noted.

Look for Elba to do what he does best as he portrays former South African civil rights activist and president Nelson Mandela in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”

The Justin Chadwick -helmed biopic, which also stars Naomie Harris as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, is set to hit theaters in the U.S. on Christmas Day.

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