Idris Elba, officially known as Idrissa Akuna Elbais an English actor. He developed a love for acting at a very younger age and has been consistent throughout his career rising through the ranks to become one of the most sought-after actors.
Idris Elba Biography
Idrissa Akuna Elba (born 6 September 1972) is an English actor. An alumnus of the National Youth Theatre in London, he is known for roles including Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire (2002–2004), DCI John Luther in the BBC One series Luther (2010–2019), and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013). For Luther, he received four nominations each for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, winning one of the former.
|Name||Idrissa Akuna Elba|
|Date of Birth||September 6, 1972|
|Net Worth||$40 million|
Idris Elba Age
Idris Elba celebrated his 50th birthday on September 6, 2022. He was born on September 6, 1972, in the London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom. Elba will be 51 in September this year.
Idris Elba Height & Weight
Idris Elba stands at a height of 1.89m and weighs around 90kg
Idris Elba Parents
Idris Elba was born in the London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom to Eve Elba (mother) and Winston Elba (father).
His father is a Sierra Leonean who worked at the Ford Dagenham plant while his mother is a Ghanaian. His parents got married in Sierra Leone and later moved to London.
Idris Elba Siblings
Idris Elba has never shared any information regarding his siblings hence we can’t state whether or not he’s the only child of his parents. There are no records about that.
Idris Elba Career
Idris Elba kicked off his acting career with a role in Crimewatch murder reconstructions and in 1994 he appeared in a BBC children’s drama called The Boot Street Band.
He also played a central character in an episode of Season 1, an African petty thief named Charlie Carter, who lost his wife to childbirth and had to figure out how to support his newborn daughter.
Elba joined the cast of the soap opera Family Affairs and went on to appear on the television serial Ultraviolet and later on Dangerfield.
As an alumnus of the National Youth Theatre in London, he’s known for roles including Stringer Bell in The Wire, DCI John Luther in Luther, and Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
For his role as Luther, he received four nominations each for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, winning one of the former.
Elba appeared in Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, Obsessed, and Prometheus. He portrayed Heimdall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Beginning With Thor, and Bloodsport In The Suicide Squad.
Elba also starred in Molly’s Game, Pacific Rim, and Beasts Of No Nation, for which he received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
He also played a role as Rufus Buck in the Western film The Harder They Fall. Elba has voiced characters in Zootopia, The Jungle Book, Finding Dory, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
Apart from his acting career, he made his directorial debut in 2018 with an adaptation of the 1992 novel Yardie by Victor Headley. He’s also a DJ and performs under the moniker, DJ Big Driis or Idris, and as an R&B singer.
In 2016, he was named in the Time 100 list of the Most Influential People in the World. As of May 2019, his films have grossed over $9.8 billion at the global box office, including over $3.6 billion in North America, where he is one of the top 20 highest-grossing actors.
Idris Elba Movies
Idris Elba has appeared in several films and movies such as; Beast Of No Nation, One Love, Obsessed, Thor, Prometheus, Pacific Rim, Thor: The Dark World, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Zootopia, The Jungle Book, The Dark Tower, The Mountain Between Us, Thor: Ragnarok, Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw, The Suicide Squad, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Three Thousand Years of Longing, among others.
Idris Elba Awards And Honours
Idris Elba is a recipient of several awards and honors. In 2013, he was named Essence’s annual Sexiest Man of the Year and in October 2014, he was presented with a MOBO Inspiration Award.
Elba was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to drama.
In 2017, he won the male title for the “Rear of the Year” award in Britain, and in 2018, he was named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive.
In September 2018, he was one of 50 people named for “making London awesome” and helping to shape London’s cultural landscape, as part of Time Out magazine’s 50th anniversary.
In the 2020 and 2021 editions of the Powerlist, he was listed in the top 100 most influential people in the UK of African/African-Caribbean descent.
Idris Elba Wife
As of February 2023, Idris Elba had been married three times.
His first marriage was to Hanne Norgaard. The love birds got married in 1999 and separated in 2003.
Hanne Norgaard is a professional makeup artist and entrepreneur. She has worked on various TV shows, stage production, movies, adverts, and fashion shows.
After their split in 2003, Idris Elba got married to his second wife, Sonya Nicole Hamlin in 2006 and after just four months they separated.
In early 2017, Elba then began a relationship with Sabrina Dhowre, a Somali-Canadian, model
They became engaged on February 10 2018 and eventually got married on 26 April 2019 in Marrakesh.
Idris Elba Children
Idris Elba has been blessed with two children. He has two children: a daughter (Isan Elba) with his first wife Hanne Norgaard and a son (Winston Elba) with former girlfriend Naiyana Garth.
Winston Elba was born in April 2014. He was named after the actor’s father who died in 2013. Isan Elba was born in 2002.
Idris Elba Net Worth
Idris Elba has an estimated net worth of about $40 million. He had made such an amount from his career as an actor, director, and other endorsement deals.