Idrissa Akuna Elba was born on September 6, 1972, in the Hackney section of East London, UK. He was the only child to his parents, who were immigrants from Sierra Leone and Ghana. Idris became interested in theater and music from early on in his life.
He attended the National Youth Music Theatre before landing his first British television roles. Idris even worked as a disc jockey under the name DJ Big Driis.
Idris Elba became a star overnight after the premiere of the HBO drama series The Wire, where he played a crime boss. His excellent performance helped him transition into the movie industry. In 2007, he played a role in Daddy’s Little Girls, followed by roles in 28 Weeks Later the same year and This Christmas.
One of his most prominent roles in the movie industry is the one in Thor in 2011, where he played the Norse god Heimdall. His big-screen career also involves roles in RocknRolla, Prometheus, Pacific Rim, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Star Trek Beyond, Zootopia, The Dark Tower, and many others.
Idris didn’t abandon his career as a TV actor. He landed roles in The Office, Luther, The Big C, and more. In 2012 he won a Golden Globes Award for his role in Luther.
Over the years, Idris managed to stay devoted to his music career as well. He is an accomplished DJ, rapper, and producer. He had the honor of DJing the royal wedding reception of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
Idris Elba Relationships: Who He Dated?
Idris Elba has two marriages behind him, one with Kim Elba from 1998 to 2003 and the other with Sonia Nicole Hamlin in 2006. He was in a few other relationships with:
K. Michelle (2014)
Nayana Garth (2014–2016)
Currently, he is married to Sabrina Dhowre.
In the News
Whether it’s about the rumors regarding his role as a future Agent 007, or his love life, Idris is constantly present in the media. The most recent news was about Elba being granted a Sierra Leone citizenship on his first visit to the country.
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