From his biggest roles to his relationship status, a brief biography of Idris Elba. Get the details on his life, career, net worth, height and more!
The Worldwide Success of Idris Elba
In the past decade, Idris Elba has transformed from a steady working actor to one of the biggest stars in the world. With memorable roles in The Office, Luther and The Wire, he became a familiar face to television audiences on both sides of the pond and he’s expanded his resume to include several big movie roles in recent years as well. Most notably, Elba can be seen as Heimdall in the Thor movies and he starred opposite Matthew McConnaughey in the summer blockbuster, The Dark Tower, based on the popular Stephen King book series. It’s gotten to the point where no matter what type of movie you’re seeing, you shouldn’t be surprised to see Idris Elba appear (or at least hear his voice). From roles in Disney’s live action remake of The Jungle Book as well as Zootopia to the gripping survivalist love story, The Mountain Between Us, opposite Kate Winslet and as an alien villain in Star Trek: Beyond, Elba has displayed a wide range of interests in the roles he’s taken on. All this success has translated to recognition and accolades, including being named Best Actor at the BET Awards in 2010 as well as winning and being nominated for a number of awards for his role in Beasts of No Nation. One of his most impressive achievements was being appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his achievements in dramatics.
The Beginning: A Brief Biography of Idris Elba
Born in 1972 in Hackney, London, Idris Elba got involved with acting at a young age. He cites a British weekly newspaper called The Stage as the reason he got interested after a call for auditions in the paper caught his eye. Though his name was actually Idrissa, once he decided to make the move into acting at his local school, he changed it to Idris. While growing up, Idris was also interested in music, working for his uncle’s DJ business and soon starting a DJ company of his own. In the mid-90’s, Elba began to find some success on TV, particularly with a large role in the British TV series, Bramwell, a medical drama that took place in the 1890s. There were a number of supporting roles that followed but it was his 2002 role in HBO’s The Wire that put him on the radar of a larger audience. In 2009, he began a six-episode arc on NBC’s hit comedy, The Office, and soon went onto star in the BBC drama, Luther, which he also produced.
Idris Elba’s Relationships
Tall, dark and handsome, Idris Elba has become something of an international sex symbol throughout his rise. He’s been named one of People’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the World and included on the list of GQ’s best-dressed British men. With all of this attention, it’s no surprise that many are curious to know if Elba is single. The short answer is yes. Having been married twice, Idris Elba is currently on the market and not romantically linked to anyone at the moment. His first wife was named Hanne “Kim” Norgaard and the two of them have a daughter together named Isan. He married his second wife, Sonia Nicole Hamlin, in 2006 but it must not have been meant to be as the two divorced after six weeks. He had his son, Winston, with a girlfriend named Naiyana Garth who was he was with from 2013 to 2016. In 2012, Elba shared a picture of a homemade Golden Globe that his daughter had made for him when he lost the year prior.
Fast Facts: Idris Elba’s Height, Net Worth and more
Idris Elba was born Idrissa Akuna Elba on September 6, 1972. He was born in London and currently splits his time between London, New York and L.A. He has an estimated net worth of 15 million and his height is 6 feet, 3 inches tall. Some of Elba’s lesser known roles include playing Beyonce’s husband in the movie Obsessed and directing and starring in the music video for “Lover of The Light” by Mumford and Sons. He’s also gotten the chance to meet some pretty incredible people, having his picture taken with President Obama in the Oval Office and sharing a selfie with Oprah on Twitter.
Idris Elba The Musician
Having gotten an early introduction into music when he worked with his uncle’s DJ business as a kid, Elba has continued pursuing that passion to this day. What began with a DJ business of his own continued with him playing clubs in London and taking on the name DJ Driis. He’s also found success as a rapper with his 2010 EP, High Class Problems Vol.1, being nominated for a Billboard Music Award. He’s appeared on tracks with Jay-Z, Mr. Hudson and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
James Bond Rumors and The Future
After appearing in massive hits like The Dark Tower and the Thor franchise, it’s understandable that many fans feel that Elba should take on the role of 007 himself. While Daniel Craig continues to hold the mantle of James Bond, Elba has expressed some interest in the past and it seems like after the release of every Bond film, the rumor mill stars churning again. However, in a 2015 interview with Telegraph, Elba seemed exasperated with the rumors saying he was never offered to role and hasn’t been campaigning for it but that hasn’t stopped journalists from continuing to bring it up. In September 2017 when he was asked by Buzzfeed if he’d ever take over the Bond role, Elba simply answered, “I think not.” Still, things aren’t slowing down for Idris Elba. From his role in the latest Thor film to Molly’s Game opposite Jessica Chastain and a busy 2018 that includes a new season of Luther, we’ll continue to see plenty of Idris Elba on both the big and small screen.