Idrissa Elba’s Journey to the Top

Abu Mubarik September 06, 2022
Idris 'Luther' Elba. Photo: Boss Hunting

Idris Elba is a British actor, singer and film producer with a net worth of $40 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Known for his roles in the movie “Beat of No Nation” and shows like ‘The Wire’ and ‘Luther’, Elba was born in 1972 in London to African parents. His father comes from Sierra Leone while his mother comes from Ghana, all in West Africa.

He became interested in acting and music at an early age. He first started with music and 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. In addition, he often appears in music videos for other artists, and he sometimes directs them as well.

However, his journey to fame started on the back of a stage play he auditioned for in 1986. Although he won a £1,500 ($1,845) Prince’s Trust grant in 1988, Idris had to support himself between roles in his early years. In doing so, he worked odd jobs, including tire-fitting, cold-calling, and night shifts at Ford Dagenham.

Having recognized his talent in DJing, he began helping an uncle with his wedding DJ business and, within a year, he had started his own DJ company with some of his friends.

His acting career started in 1994, with roles in British television series such as Crimewatch, Bramwell, Absolutely Fabulous, The Bill, and Family Affairs, according to celebrity net worth. Elba relocated to New York City after appearing in Ultraviolet and Dangerfield.

His career in movies continued to grow as he landed major roles. He took a major role in the film Sometimes in April, a film about the Rwandan genocide. He also starred in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, which was filmed in Botswana among other major series and movies.

Besides appearing in movies, he also has many voice-acting credits. Since 2016, he has landed major voice acting credits. Elba he voiced the character of Chief Bogo in Zootopia, Shere Khan in The Jungle Book, and Fluke the sea lion in Finding Dory.

The TV and film star has been nominated four times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, winning one and was nominated five times for a Primetime Emmy Award.

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.

In 2019, Elba made headlines when he married his fiancée, Sabrina Dhowre, in a three-day ceremony in Morocco. The two, who got engaged in 2018, exchanged vows at the Ksar Char Bagh hotel in Marrakesh on Friday, April 26.

Last Edited by:Sedem Ofori Updated: September 13, 2022

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