Idris Elba, full name Idrissa Akuna Elba, was born on September 6, 1972, in London. He grew up in the Hackney district. He is the only son of Winston, a native of Sierra Leone (deceased in 2013), and Eve, a native of Ghana. Thanks to a Royal Scholarship, Idris left school at 16 and joined the National Youth Music Theatre, a theatre company that has also seen Jude Law, Jamie Bell, Orlando Bloom, Eddie Redmayne and Sally Hawkins among its students.that love my film and stuff, listen, I’m going to be making Luther: The Movie’.
His very first role? It was in Crimewatch, an English crimewatch show in which crimes are reconstructed: “I played a guy who had cut up his girlfriend before putting her in the freezer,” Idris said. And we filmed it at the real crime scene – they had to cover the walls because of the blood spatter. A great day’s work!”
Two roles in particular helped launch his career: that of Stringer Bell, a drug baron in The Wire – On Tap (2002-2004), then that of Luther, a tormented policeman in the series of the same name (5 seasons broadcast from 2010 to 2019). Thanks to this role, he received four Emmy Award nominations and won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in 2012 (in addition to three other nominations).
Idris Elba has been married three times. He is divorced from Hanne Kim Nørgaard, mother of his daughter Isan, born in 2002, and Sonya Hamlin (to whom he was married for only a few months in 2006); in April 2019, he married Sabrina Dhowre, model and ex-Miss Vancouver, whom he met on the sidelines of the filming of The Mountain Between Us. It was during a screening of Yardie, his first film as a director, that the actor proposed to her. He also had a relationship with Naiyana Garth, with whom he had a son, Winston (born in 2014).
Eager for thrills, he was in 2015 the hero, for the Discovery Channel, of Idris Elba: No Limits, a documentary series in four episodes during which he performed some aerial acrobatics, drove a rally car, piloted a dragster, and broke a land speed record: that of the “Flying Mile” (1 mile traveled at Pendine Sands, a Welsh beach), held since 1927 by Sir Malcolm Campbell. It was at the wheel of a Bentley Continental GT Speed that he made history, peaking at precisely 180.361 mph (just over 290 km/h) compared to 174.883 mph. “I like speed, and I guess I’m a little bit addicted to risk,” he admitted. Two years later, again for the Discovery Channel, he challenged himself to become a professional kickboxer within a year. The only fight he ever had, he won.