Idris Elba

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Idris Elba is an English actor, writer, producer, musician, as well as a DJ. Likewise, Idris Elba is famous for his roles in The Wire, Luther as well as  Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Idris Elba tested positive for COVID-19!

Idris Elba has tested positive for COVID-19. It is an infectious disease caused by Coronavirus. In the current worldwide situation, it is the most discussed topic which has threatened individuals in several countries. He got the disease or contracted COVID-19 on March 4. Though he was okay and no symptoms were observed, he tested and the result was positive. As his new project was starting soon and engaging a lot of people, he tested the disease.

Likewise, he was suggested by the doctor for isolation. But his wife wants to isolate together, even after she was not infected. Supporting their decision to isolate together, he told that her wife wanted to be with him and asserted she felt ‘the instinct of a wife’ to take care of him. He also talked about it and said “people are possibly carrying this disease and are seemingly okay, but can spread it easily through his Twitter live. He seems to be connected with his fans. And he has also kept on updating his health condition.


As his fans are supporting him so much and wishing for his fastest recovery, he is also being criticized for isolating her healthy wife. However, after a week his wife Sabrina also got infected and tested positive results. He even posted a video pleading the ‘negative’ comments about choosing not to isolate himself from his wife.

Besides being a COVID patient, he along with his wife entertained each other during isolation and feels very good to have a special time together. The duo is concentrating on the ‘silver lining’ of spending quality time together and enjoying video games, chess, and ‘staying creative.’ His wife also seems very active on her Instagram handles and keeps on updating their activities through stories. She has also revealed that he started learning the guitar and has been comforting and entertaining her.


As of now, he is fine and fully recovered. And, he feels humbled to be alive after the recovery. Coronavirus has given him a new outlook on his life.

Idris Elba – Early Life and Childhood

Idris Elba is 50 years old as of 2022. He was born to Immigrant working-class parents on 6 September 1972 at Forest Gate Hospital in Hackney, London. His birth name is Idrissa Akuna Elba and his astrological sign is Virgo. His father’s name is Winston and His mother’s name is Eve. Likewise, his father is a Sierra Leonean man who worked at the Ford Dagenham plant. His mother is a Ghanaian woman. They were married in Sierra Leone and later moved to London. Similarly, he is the single child of his parents.

Likewise, he holds a British nationality but has not disclosed his ethnic background. He grew up in Hackney and East Ham. Moving toward his educational background, he did his schooling in Canning Town. He shortened his first name to “Idris” at his school. Likewise, he first became involved in acting during her schooling and had his first big break in acting with “The Stage.”

Idris Elba – Professional life

Talking about Idris Elba’s early professional life, he played for an advertisement during his school days. Likewise, he also auditioned and met his first agent while performing in the role. In 1986, he started supporting his uncle with the wedding DJ business. Within a year, he owned his own DJ company along with some of his friends. He left school in 1988 and attained a place in the National Youth Music Theatre thanks to a £1,500 Prince’s Trust grant. Besides his acting career, he did several jobs including tire-fitting, cold-calling, and night shifts at Ford Dagenham. Moreover, he was also working in nightclubs under the DJ nickname “Big Driis” during his adolescence but started auditioning for television roles in his early twenties. He lived in Brooklyn, New York, and Jersey City, New Jersey, serving as a doorman at the comedy club Carolines plus DJing while struggling to make ends meet.

Television and films

Elba debuted on Television through his acting role in Crimewatch and 1994 he made an appearance in a BBC children’s drama called The Boot Street Band. In 1995, he landed his first significant role in a series called Bramwell, a medical drama set in 1890s England. He got his major opportunity starring as crime boss “Stringer” Bell on many seasons of the highly acclaimed HBO drama The Wire. Other parts succeeded, later he lamented that he was resuming to get lots of offers for gangster roles during this time.

Likewise, he transitioned to a big-screen career as well, appearing in film roles in a variety of genres. He is portrayed as a machinist in director Tyler Perry’s features Daddy’s Little Girls (2007), zombie-laden 28 Weeks Later (2007), and Obsession (2009) as a devoted husband opposite Beyoncé Knowles. He was also cast as Norse god Heimdall in Marvel Comics’ Thor (2011), directed by Kenneth Branagh. Further, he played in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012, This Christmas (2007), and RocknRolla (2008).

Moreover, he appeared on Showtime’s The Big C in 2010. He has worked on different series The Office and The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. He portrayed the role of a driven tortured detective whose conduct brings up ethical issues in the series Luther. For that, he has received many Emmy Award nominations and won a 2012 Golden Globe Award for his lead role.


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Caption: Idris Elba captured in between his film shoot (Source:
AskMen India)


In the summertime of 2013, he appeared in Guillermo del Toro’s robotics-and-monsters flick Pacific Rim Stacker Pentecost. He also earned attention for his portrayal of South American President Nelson Mandela in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. He even earned Oscar buzz and was also nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as the famed South African activist.

In 2014, he played a role in the thriller No Good Deed co-starring Empire’s Taraji Henson directed by Sam Miller. The following year, he made an appearance as a military commandant on the acclaimed Netflix drama Beasts of No Nation and extended his starring role on Luther, receiving Golden Globe nominations for both.

During his busy schedule in 2016, he appeared in A Hundred Streets, Bastille Day, and Star Trek Beyond. He even voiced for the features Zootopia, The Jungle Book, and Finding Dory. In the same year, he was portrayed as Roland Deschain/The Gunslinger in The Dark Tower. The film was based on Stephen King’s series and co-worked with Kate Winslet in the survival tale The Mountain Between Us.

After featuring himself in the role of Heimdall for Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), he made his made debut in film directing with the crime drama Yardie (2018). In 2019, he also launched his Netflix series Turn Up Charlie, in which he portrayed a DJ, before returning to criminal roles for both the action-packed Hobbs & Shaw.  He produced and starred in the semi-autobiographical comedy In The Long Run. In 2019, he also starred as the villain in Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw, a spin-off of the Fast & Furious franchise.

Music Career

Besides his acting career, the actor has also enjoyed a successful music career as a DJ, rapper as well as producer, going by the name Big Driis. Likewise, he featured along with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s single “Dance Off,” in 2016 as well as the 2019 track “Boasty,” by Wiley, Stefflon Don, and Sean Paul.

Amongst his high-profile DJ gigs, he has also worked on the music at the May 2018 royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. He produced a set at Coachella 2019. He introduced his record label, 7Wallace Music in a London residence, with a greeting to Christopher Wallace, aka Biggie Smalls.

Idris Elba – Award and Nomination

Multi-talented Idris Elba has won several awards for his amazing work and acting skills. He is one of the finest men alive which is proved through his handful of awards. In May 2007, he title as one of People’s annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World. He got titled Essence’s annual Sexiest Man of the Year in 2013 and was ranked No. 2 in People’s annual Sexiest Man Alive. In October 2014, he won MOBO Inspiration Award. In 2015, he received a title as one of GQ magazine’s 50 best-dressed British men. He won the title of “Rear of the Year” in Britain.

In September 2018, Elba was one of 50 people named for “making London awesome.” Likewise, he was renowned for making London the most improved country and has actively volunteered to make London a place to explore. For his effort and volunteering, he was featured in “Time Out “on the auspicious and propitious event that marked the 50th anniversary of the popular online magazine. On 5 November 2018, he won the title of people’s Sexiest Man alive via The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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Caption: Idris Elba posing with his awards in a happy mood (Source:

Net worth

Talented and versatile Hollywood actor Idris Elba has a whooping net worth through his several works. His estimated net worth is around $25 million doing commercial and mainstay films with loads of success. Furthermore, he is living a lavish lifestyle with his good fortune. His main source of income is the entertainment industry where he worked and hard.

Relationship status

Reflecting on Idris Elba’s relationship status, he is a married man. He married Sabrina Dhowre on April 26, 3019 in Marrakesh, Morocco. She is a model. His wife Sabrina announced their wedding through her Instagram handles captioning the best day of her life and even thanked everyone who makeover her look more beautiful and glamorous on the day of the wedding.

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Caption: Idris Elba posing with his wife on the beach (Source: Instagram)

They met each other the first time while he was filming The Mountain Between Us which too starred Kate Winslet. They began dating in early 2017 and engaged on February 10, 2018. He proposed to her wife during the screening of his film Yardie at an East London Cinema.

As Elba has already married three times, he has already divorced her two wives previously. Firstly, he married Hanne “Kim” Nørgaard (from 1999 to 2003) and then Sonya Nicole Hamlin (for four months in 2006). Likewise, he has two children. His daughter Kim named Isan was born in 2002 and resides with Nørgaard in Atlanta, Georgia. Similarly, he has a son named Winston (born in 2014) with his ex-girlfriend, Naiyana Garth.

Body measurements

Goodlooking and handsome Idris Elba has a versatile and charming personality. He has a great height with fit body physiques that stands 6 feet 2 inches (190 cm) and weighs around 97 kg. His Chest size and Biceps measures 109 cm (43 in), and 38 cm (15 in) respectively. His shoe size is 10 US (43 EU).

Likewise, he has a pair of brown eyes color with black hair color. He is more concerned about fitness and work-out for a healthy and fit body.

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Caption: Idris Elba posing for a photo at an event (Source: Vogue)

Social media

Idris Elba is socially active on media sites like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. He has gained huge fan followings. On Instagram, he goes by the handle @idriselba which has amassed more than 4.7 million fan followers. He has gained around 2.9 million fan followers on his Twitter account and about 4.4 million fan followers on his Facebook account.