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Idris Elba Biography, Age, Height, Weight, Career & More

This is the biography of one of the top 20 highest-paying actors, Idrissa Akuna Elba, popularly known as Idris Elba. He is a multi-talented celebrity. Be it acting, writing, producing, rapping, singing, songwriting, or DJing, he has excelled in everything.  He has done Hollywood movies, acted in TV shows, featured in music shows, appeared on BBC radio, did plays, kickboxing, and many things.


Idris was born at Forest Gate Hospital in Hackney, London. His father worked at the Ford Dagenham plant and his mother was a housewife.     

WifeSabrina Dhowre Elba
SonWinston Elba
DaughterIsan Elba
Marital statusMarried
Age50 years
Date of Birth6 September 1972
Place of BirthHackney, London, England
Net WorthUSD 45 million

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Idris has been married 3 times now. His first wife was Hanne “Kim” Norgaard. They both married in 1999 and gave birth to a daughter, Isan Elba, in 2002. After a few years, they both separated. In 2006, Idris married Sonya Nicole Hamlin 2006, but that relationship lasted for 4 months only. He had a girlfriend, Naiyana Garth, who gave birth to his son, Winston Elba.

Height & Weight

Height (Centimetres)189 cm, 1.89 m
Height (Inches)6 feet 2 inches  
Weight (Kilograms)97 kg, 214 Pounds
Hair ColorBlack
Body Measurements43-34-16
Zodiac SignVirgo
Eye’s ColorDark Brown


Idris has done his schooling at Kingsland High School, Canning Town where he started his career in acting. He left school in 1988.

Early Life and Career

Idris has shown his interest in acting during school life when he performed in “The Stage”. In 1986, he started working with his uncle in the DJ business and started his own business after one year. After leaving school, he worked in Youth Music Theatre. He also worked on part-time and night shifts to manage his expenses during his early struggle phase of life. His DJ name was “Big Driis” and used to play DJ in nightclubs.  

  • In 2015, he was featured in the album “Murdah Loves John”.
  • A cameo role in Taylor Swift’s “London Boy” was released in 2019.
  • Featured in the song “Party & BullShit” in 2019.
  • Featured in the song “Fear or Faith part 2” by Future Utopia in 2020.

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He has been featured in many Movies from the year 1999 till now. Have a look at them :

Year of ReleaseMovie Name
1999Belle maman
2001Buffalo Soldiers
2003One Love
2005The Gospel
2005Sometimes in April
2007Daddy’s Little Girls
2007The Reaping
200728 Weeks Later
2007American Gangster
2007This Christmas
2008Prom Night
2008The Human Contract
2009The Unborn
2010Legacy (executive producer)
2010The Losers
2011Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
2013Pacific Rim
2013Thor: The Dark World
2013Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
2014No Good Deed (executive producer)
2014Second Coming
2015The Gunman
2015Avengers: Age of Ultron
2015Beasts of No Nation
2016Zootopia (Voice support)
2016The Jungle Book (Voice support)
2016Bastille Day
2016Finding Dory (Voice support)
2016100 Streets
2016Star Trek Beyond
2017The Dark Tower
2017Molly’s Game
2017The Mountain Between Us
2017Thor: Ragnarok
2018Avengers: Infinity War
2019Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
2020Concrete Cowboy
2021The Suicide squad
2021The Harder They Fall
2022Sonic The Hedgehog 2
2022Thor: Love and Thunder
2022Three Thousand Years of Longing
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse

TV Career

He is appearing on TV shows way back in 1999, be it a guest appearance, as an executive producer or hosting the show.

Year of ReleaseTV Show NameAdditional Comments about his role
19942 point 4 ChildrenEpisode: Fortuosity
1994Space PrecinctEpisode: Double Duty
1994–1995The Bill2 episodes
1995Absolutely FabulousEpisode: Sex
1995BramwellEpisode: The Outcast’s Baby
1996The Governor6 episodes
1996Crocodile Shoes IIEpisode: Troubled Man
1996The Ruth Rendell Mysteries4 episodes
1996Crucial TalesEpisode: Spiders and Flies
1997Insiders6 episodes
1997Family Affairs7 episodes
1997Silent WitnessEpisode: Blood, Sweat & Tears
1998VerdictEpisode: Neighbours from Hel”
1998Ultraviolet6 episodes
1999Dangerfield12 episodes
2000In Defence1 episode
2001London’s Burning2 episodes
2001Law & OrderEpisode: 3 Dawg Night
2002The Inspector Lynley MysteriesEpisode: Payment in Blood
2002HackEpisode: My Alibi
2002–2004The Wire37 episodes
2003CSI: MiamiEpisode: The Best Defense
2003Queens SupremeEpisode: Mad About You
2003Soul FoodEpisode: Sacrifice Fly
2005GirlfriendsEpisode: All in a Panic
2005Sometimes in AprilTelevision film
2005Jonny ZeroEpisode: To Serve and to Protect
2006All in the GameTelevision film
2008The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective AgencyEpisode: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
2009The Office7 episodes
2010The Big C4 episodes
2010Walk Like a PantherAs executive producer
2010–2019Luther20 episodes; and associate producer
2011Aqua Teen Hunger ForceVoice in Episode: Intervention
2011How Hip Hop Changed the WorldAs Executive producer
2011Demons Never DieAs Executive producer
2012Idris Elba’s How Clubbing Changed the WorldHosted the show
2013Idris Elba: King of SpeedHosted the show
2013, 2015Playhouse PresentsAlso writer and directed “The Pavement Psychologist”
2015Idris Elba: No LimitsHosted the show
2017Guerrilla6 episodes; also as executive producer
2017Idris Elba: FighterHosted the show; also as executive producer
2017The Best FIFA Football Awards 2017Hosted the show
2018In the Long RunAlso creator
2018The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018Hosted the show
2019Saturday Night LiveEpisode: Idris Elba/Khalid
2019Turn Up CharlieAlso creator and as executive producer
2020Coronavirus, ExplainedNarrator
2020Idris Elba Meets Paul McCartneyBBC Special
2022Idris Elba’s Fight SchoolPresenter
2022Zootopia+Chief Bogo

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On Magazine Covers

Idris Elba has been featured on the front page of many leading magazines.

List of magazines that featured Idris on their hotspot :

  • GQ

Music Singles

Since 2002, Idris is singing, appearing, DJing, recording in fact, doing everything he can do to fulfill his desire.  

He started his career in the music industry with appearances in music videos for “Fat Joe” in 2002 and for “Angie Stone” in 2004 respectively. He was a co-producer as well as a performer in the album “American Gangster” in 2007. Not only that, he was a DJ at NBA All-Star Party and Ice House Lounge in 2007. Later in 2009, He DJed for “Rising Icons”. He went on to perform on the intro of the “W.A.R.” album in 2011. He was a performer as well as co-director of the music video “Lover of the Light”.  He was the producer of the musical series “The Rebellious Soul Musical” which premiered on VH1 in 2014. He was also featured in “Step Into the Shadows”. He performed a rap in the album “The Loose Tapestries”. In 2015, he appeared in the song “Confidential”. He was seen during Madonna’s Berlin tour “Rebel Heart Tour” in 2015. In 2017, his record label “7Wallace Music”, was launched and he also performed at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2019.

Extended Plays

EP Description Year of Release
High-Class Problems Vol. 12010
Idris Elba Presents Mi Mandela2014
Cordi Elba2022


  • Trust in Me
  • The Bare Necessities

Featured Singles

Year of Release Description
2016Dance Off
2019Come Alive
2019New Breed
2021Apple Crumble
2022Holy Moley
2022Unnecessary Things


Since 2005, Idris has been nominated for many awards for his outstanding performances in various movies. He has been nominated 4 times for the Golden Globe Award in “Best Actor” category, which he had won once.  Apart from that, he was also nominated 5 times for Emmy Awards. But he has won awards for the following movies :

Movie Name Award Category Year
The LosersBET award for best actor2010
Takers and LutherBET award for best actor2011
LutherNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special2011
LutherGolden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film2011
LutherBlack Reel Award for Best Actor: T.V. Movie/Cable2012
LutherNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special2014
Beasts of No NationWashington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor2015
Beasts of No NationIndependent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male2015
Beasts of No NationKermode Award for Best Actor2015
Beasts of No NationScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role2015
LutherCritics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries2015
LutherScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie2015
The Jungle BookNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance2017
Thor : RagnorokNAACP award for supporting actor2018

Apart from these, he has been nominated for 32 awards in various categories for his different movies.

Social Media Instagram

Idris has a huge fan following on her social media accounts.

There are more than 4.7 million followers on his Instagram account.

Voiced for Video Games

Year of ReleaseVideo Game Title
2011Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
2014FIFA 15
2016Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
2019NBA 2K20

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In Music Videos

Idris has appeared and featured in music videos of the following music artists and bands.

Year of ReleaseSinger / Artist / Musical Band
2012Mumford and Sons
2012Giggs – Hustle On
2014K Michelle – Maybe I Should Call
2019Wiley, Sean Paul, & Stefflon Don

Kickboxing career

Idris Elba has a 12-month-long kickboxing and marital arts training history. He had his first professional kickboxing match against Lionel Graves in 2016, which he won. Discovery Channel even produced a documentary on this “Idris Elba: Fighter”. 

Idris and his wife Sabrina Elba, along with many international celebrities, were also seen together at a campaign “One World: Together at Home”, intended to promote social distancing as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 epidemic.

Some Other Facts

  • In 2007, he was selected as 1 of the People’s most 100 beautiful People in the world.
  • Has been offered citizenship of Sierra Leone on his maiden visit in 2019.
  • was nominated as the sexiest man of the year in 2013.
  • was honored with the MOBO inspiration award in 2014.
  • In 2016, he was appointed as an officer of the “Order of the British Empire” (OBE).
  • won the title for the “Rear of the Year” in 2017.
  • was nominated as Sexiest Man Alive by People’s magazine in 2018.
  • aired the series “Journey Dot Africa with Idris Elbaon BBC radio in 2014.
  • In 2014, he collaborated with UK Government in their Ebola eradication movement from West Africa.
  • Listed in the top 100 most influential people in the UK of African/African-Caribbean descent in 2020 as well as 2021 editions of the power list respectively.
  • Featured in “Long Tailed Winter Bird (Idris Elba Remix” in 2021.