An English actor and DJ, Idris Elba is in the media spotlight as Stringer Bell in the series, The Wire. He appeared as John Luther in the series, Luther which made him grab a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor four times. Elba played in the movies like American Gangster, Obsessed, and Prometheus. In 2018, he debuted in film direction via the movie, Yardie.
Early Life of Idris Elba
Idris was born Idrissa Akuna Elba on September 6, 1972, in the London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom. This makes her 50 years old now and her star sign is Virgo. Idris cuts his birthday cake every 6th of September with his friends and family. His parents are Winston Elba (father) and Eve Elba (mother). Winston used to work at the Ford Dagenham plant.
His paternal grandfather is Moses. He holds American nationality and belongs to a mixed (Sierra Leonean and Ghanaian) ethnic background. He is an atheist. Idris went to National Youth Music Theatre. He also studied at Barking and Dagenham College.
Idris Elba’s Wife
He met his wife at a jazz bar in Vancouver, Canada, in 2017. Idris falls for Sabrina Dhowre, an actress, CEO, and model at very first sight and started dating her. They appeared as a couple at Molly’s Game on September 8, 2017. They got engaged on February 10, 2018, and exchanged the wedding knot in Morrocco on 26th April 2019.
They celebrated their marriage for three days, first at the luxury resort Amanjena for rehearsal dinner, and on the second day, they tied the wedding knot at Marrakesh’s Ksar Char Bagh hotel. For her big day, Sabrina dolled up with a bespoke Vera Wang gown and Idris wore a three-piece Ozwald Boateng suit.
His Two Failed Marriages
He was married to a lawyer, Sonia Nicole Hamlin. Sonia is his second wife. They met with the help of their mutual friends. Sonia and Idris used to wear the same outfit and go on vacation at the time of dating. They went to Las Vegas to watch the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Zab Judah on April 8, 2006.
They tied the wedding vows at the Little White Wedding Chapel with a diamond ring. After 4 months of marriage, they decided to get divorced and Sonia filed for divorce on June 6, 2006. His first wife is Hanne Norgaard aka Kim Elba, a makeup artist. In 1999, they tied the wedding knot in England. They got divorced due to irreconcilable differences in 2003.
His Dating History
From 2013 to 2014, he dated K. Michelle, an American singer. They met at the Soul Train Music Awards in 2013. In 2013, he dated a makeup artist, Naiyana Garth. After meeting each other in early 2013, they dated for three years. He had an affair with Jill Marie Jones.
They even share a kiss at the set of girlfriends. Then, he fell for an American writer, Natasha Rothwell. In 2016, he and Maddonna were rumored to have a hook-up.
Idris Elba, Father of Two
He became a father of two children. He gave birth to Isan Elba with his first wife. Isan was born on January 5th, 2002. On April 17, 2017, he welcomed Winston Elba with his partner, Naiyana.
Idris Elba’s Net Worth & Cars
As of 2023, Idris has an estimated net worth of $40 million which she earned through her professional career. His annual salary is $3 million. He has a car collection of Jaguar XE, Bentley Continental GT, Rolls Royce Phantom, Tesla Model S, Ford Mustang Mach E, and McLaren 720S.
Idris Elba Wanted to Play James Bond
He was often asked whether he will replace Daniel Craige in James Bond Franchise. Idris revealed that he has wanted to play but when all of the news started targeting racism, he said:
“Those that weren’t happy about the idea made the whole thing disgusting and off-putting because it became about race. It became about nonsense dude, and I got the brunt of it.”
His Feud With Liam Gallagher
Liam and Idris had an argument when Liam grabbed the hat of Idris while performing at the 2013 NME Awards. Liam recalled his fight with Idris for a hat saying:
“I had a row and I was like – I didn’t even know who it was, everyone was going, ‘Do you know who that is?’ I was like no. F***ing idiot messing me hair up and then I went over grabbed his bobble hat and booted it down the f***ing… And then it all got a bit naughty and all that.”
Acting Career of Idris Elba
- He started his acting with a minor role in movies and tv series like The Bill, Bramwell, The Governor, Family Affairs, Ultraviolet, and London’s Burning.
- In 1999, he got the chance to act in Gabriel Aghion‘s movie, Belle Maman.
- He also appeared in the crime series, The Wire.
- He landed the role of Nelson Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom in 2013.
- Idris also played in the movie, The Dark Tower which is directed by Nikolaj Arcel.
- In 2017, he played in movies like Molly’s Game and The Mountain Between Us.
- He became the director and producer for Mumford and Sons and K Michelle.
- Besides, he is also associated with the campaign that runs for poverty, HIV/AIDS, at-risk and disadvantaged youths, health, and education.
Movies & TV Shows
He is popular for his role in movies like Buffalo Soldiers, The Gospel, Daddy’s Little Girls, The Human Contract The Unborn, and Obsessed. He appeared in tv shows like Crimewatch, Absolutely Fabulous, The Bill and The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Law & Order, The Office, The Big C, and Turn Up Charlie.
Songs & Albums
He is a singer of songs like Courteney Cox, Vroom – the Fanatics, Moelogo| ps5, ps4, What’s Not to Like, even if I Die, We Run the Area, Vroom, It’s Ours. He released albums titled Cordi Elba, Idris Elba Presents mi Mandela, Murdah Loves John, Big Man, and so on.
Awards & Nominations
- In 2016, he was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the movie, Beasts of No Nation at the BAFTA Awards.
- He won the nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie at the Emmy Awards.
- In 2012, he won Golden Globe Award in the nomination of Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie.
FAQs of Idris Elba
What is Idris Elba’s Height?
Idris stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches with a body weight of 85 kg. 43-32-15 Inches is his body measurement. He has black colored hair and dark brown eyes. His shoe size is 10 (US).
Does Idris Elba have tattoos?
Yes, Idris has 12 tattoos on his body. He has a piercing of The Black Star of Ghana on his right hand and a picture of a baby on his right shoulder. He carved one life tattoo on his forearm.
Does Idris Elba have a podcast?
Yes, He has a podcast. He runs a podcast channel named, SmartLess: Idris Elba on Apple Podcasts.
Did Idris Elba get into an accident?
Yes, Idris had an accident. His car rolled over even though he was driving safely and ended up almost falling over the edge of a waterfall.
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