Idris Elba is an English actor, writer, producer, rapper, singer, songwriter, and DJ. He is of the top 20 highest-grossing actors. his films have grossed over $9.8 billion at the global box office, including over $3.6 billion in North America.
In 1999, Elba married his first wife, Hanne “Kim” Nørgaard. By 2003, the marriage had ended in a divorce, although the pair had one child together during their relationship. While in a relationship with a girlfriend called Naiyana Garth, Elba had another child. In 2019, he married Sabrina Dhowre, a Somali-Canadian.
Idris Elba started his acting career in 1994, with roles in British television series such as Crimewatch, Bramwell, Absolutely Fabulous, The Bill, and Family Affairs. After appearing in Ultraviolet and Dangerfield, Elba decided to relocate to New York City.
Once in the United States, he established himself with a theater role in a production of Troilus and Cressida. Next came a supporting role on the show Law & Order before Elba landed one of his most well-known roles in The Wire. The role of Russell “Stringer” Bell from 2002 to 2004 made him a well-known figure in the United States.
Returning to his roots following The Wire, Elba took a major role in the film Sometimes in April, a film about the Rwandan genocide. He then booked a role in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, which was filmed in Botswana. In 2009, he landed a recurring role in The Office in a six-episode arc, later appearing in the season finale as well. Also in 2009, he booked the lead role in Luther, a psychological crime drama series. He later won a Golden Globe for his work on the show. In 2010, Idris Elba appeared in The Big C. Elba then booked the lead role of Charlie in the Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie, although it was canceled after just one season.
Outside of television, Idris has a long list of film credits to his name. One of his first major roles was in 2007’s Daddy’s Little Girls, a romantic comedy. Further roles in films like 28 Days Later and This Christmas soon followed later that year. In 2008, Idris appeared in Prom Night and Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla. In 2009, Idris Elba appeared in The Unborn and the massively successful Obsessed. Co-starring Beyonce, Obsessed managed to rake in $29 million in its opening weekend alone, and later generated more than $73 million at the box office.
Idris Elba whose main source of income is acting, is also a rapper, DJ, record label owner, as well as other endorsement deals is rumored to be worth $30 million.
Although acting has certainly become a priority for Idris Elba, he continues to pursue a career in music. Drawing upon his early experiences, Idris Elba has DJd at various events, including major celebrity parties. In addition, Idris Elba was the DJ for the BET series Rising Icons. In 2006, he released a four-track EP, and in 2009 he released a six-track EP, which contained the single “Please Be True.” As a producer, Idris Elba has worked with artists such as Jay-Z, K. Michelle, Mr. Hudson, and more. In 2018, he launched his own music label called 7Wallace.
As a rapper and musician, Idris Elba has collaborated with artists such as Jay-Z, Pharoahe Monch, Phyno, Loose Tapestries, Skepta, D’banj, Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Wiley, Taylor Swift, and Jay Robinson. Elba often appears in music videos for other artists, and he sometimes directs them as well.
In 2017, Idris Elba reportedly “enraged” his neighbors after adding an extensive basement studio to his 2.5-million-pound Hackney home. At the time, Elba planned to open the studio for 15 hours a day, enabling him to work with a variety of artists. Neighbors complained because the previous owner was notably quieter than Elba.