Idris Elba is a renowned British actor and musician as well as a disc jockey and producer, best known for his exceptional role on the HBO series The Wire. The movie star has received a good number of accolades and was listed among the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine in 2016. In addition, Idris is also known by the name DJ Big Driis and has launched one music album and many singles. Learn more about Elba below.
Idris Elba Biography (Age)
The actor was born as Idrissa Akuna Elba in Hackney City of London on the 6th day of September 1972. He was born to British-American parents Winston and Eve Elba. His dad is from Sierra Leone while his mother is a Ghanaian. As a child, Idris completed his education in Canning Town where he made his first attempt at acting. He participated in several plays and theatre productions organized by his school. He also learned how to be a DJ from his uncle who is a professional wedding DJ at the time.
Leaving school in 1988, Idris earned a spot in the National Youth Music Theatre. While he was there, he appeared in the British TV programs such as Crimewatch and The Boot Street Band. He also started doing some odd jobs as well as working as a DJ in nightclubs while looking for acting opportunities in the British movie industry.
Idris got his career to a start in 1995 when he appeared in the medical drama series Bramwell. He also featured in Absolutely Fabulous in the same year. After that, he went on to play several supporting roles other TV series including Family Affairs, The Bill, Dangerfield, Law & Order, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, and Ultraviolet.
The English actor got his breakthrough in 2002 following his remarkable role in The Wire, an HBO series. Idris played the role of Russell Bell in the drama from 2002 to 2004. His excellent performance in the series made way for Idris to land bigger roles in the future. He also made his big screen appearance in 2007 while starring in the Tyler Perry’s American romantic comedy Daddy’s Little Girls. He followed it up with appearances in The Christmas and 28 Weeks Later in the same year.
Idris Elba has appeared in action-packed thrillers such as The Losers, Legacy, Takers, Thor, Ghost Rider, Beast of No Nation, and Age of Ultron. He also featured in other popular movies including Molly’s Game, The Dark Tower, 100 Streets, Star Trek Beyond, Avengers, Infinity War, and many more. The multi-talented Idris has also done a great job as a producer. He has worked on the set of so many movies including Demons Never Die, How Hip Hop Changed the World, Walk Like a Panther, Playhouse Presents, and Guerrilla, among others.
In addition, Idris has starred in several music videos with popular artists such as Fat Joe, Rapper Giggs, Angie Stone, and Jay-Z. He has released a good number of singles including Kings Among Kings, High-Class Problems, and Big Man, among others. He launched his first studio album Murdah Loves John in 2015. For his unparalleled performances, the actor has won fifteen awards out of his numerous nominations.
Net Worth: How Much is Idris Elba Worth?
The British actor has starred in numerous high profile movies as well as TV series since the inception of his career. He equally makes money from his music career as well as his disc jockey and producing career. In view of that, Idris Elba has accumulated huge wealth for himself and his net worth is currently pegged at $20 million.
Who is the Wife or Girlfriend? Children
While the multi-talented star has been successful in his career, he is not so lucky when it comes to his ‘love career’. Idris has had his own share of relationships and has been married twice; nevertheless, none of his marriages could stand the test of time. He got hitched to his first wife, a Danish lady, named Kim Norgaard. The pair tied the knot in 1999 and after five years, they went their separate ways in 2003. The duo had a daughter named Isan Elba who was born in 2002. After their divorce, the pair had equal custody of their daughter albeit, she resides with her mum in Atlanta.
Soon after his marriage with Kim ended, Idris didn’t take time to find love again. While Kim went on to marry Pastor Andrew Friar; Idris, on the other hand, dated and eventually got married to his second wife, Sonya Nicole Hamlin, in 2006. Unfortunately, their marriage didn’t last long before turning up in flames. The pair divorced four months after their wedding citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their divorce.
When his second marriage ended, Idris continued his journey to finding lasting love. He fell in love with a British lady named Naiyana Garth. The lovebirds enjoyed a flourishing relationship from 2013 to 2016 before their relationship hit the rocks. Amazingly, they had a son named Winston Elba in 2014. After their separation, he met his current partner Sabrina Dhowre who is a Canadian model. The pair announced their engagement on the 10th of February 2018. While they are counting down to the D-day, we hope the duo will make it together to the land of living happily ever after.
Height: How Tall is Idris Elba?
The actor has a wonderful height, standing at 6 feet 3 inches (1.90 m) with a commensurate body weight of 86 kg. Idris has a well-built masculine physique with body measurements (chest-waist-biceps) of 43-34-16 inches. In addition, he wears a shoe of size 10 (US). His eyes are brown in color while he also has black hair.