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The Untold Truth of Idris Elba’s Ex-Wife

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Early life, family, educational background

American lawyer, Sonya Nicole Hamlin was born in 1974 of mixed ethnicity. She is best known as the second wife of British actor Idris Elba. She studied law in Washington and London and specializes in property law.

Who is Idris Elba?

English actor, producer, singer, rapper, songwriter, producer, writer and DJ, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born on September 6, 1972 in Hackney, London, England, to parents who emigrated from Sierra Leone and Ghana. His list of famous roles includes that of Stringer Bella in the HBO series ‘The Wire’, Nelson Mandela in the 2013 biographical film ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ and DCI John Luther in the BBC One series ‘Luther’.

He has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, all for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film, and five Primetime Emmy Awards. He won a Golden Globe in 2012 for ‘Luther’.

Idris appeared in 2007 in ‘American Gangster’ directed by Ridley Scot and in 2012 in ‘Prometheus’. He played Heimdall in several Marvel movies, including ‘Thor’ in 2011, its sequels in 2013 and 2017; “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in 2015 and “Avengers: Infinity War” in 2018. Some of his non-Marvel movies include starring in “Pacific Rim” in 2013 and 2015’s “Beasts of No Nation” for which he has a BAFTA won. , and was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Supporting Actor category.

He has also lent his voice to several animated films such as Chief Bogo in 2016’s ‘Zootopia’, Shere Khan in ‘The Jungle Book’ and Fluke in ‘Finding Dory’.

Idris’ directorial debut was in 2018 in the adaptation of Victor Headley’s 1992 novel, ‘Yardie’.

As of May 2019, Idris’ films have grossed over $9.8 billion at the box office worldwide. In North America, he has earned over $3.6 billion at the box office, and is also listed as one of the top 20 highest-grossing actors in North America.

Apart from his acting career, he performs as an R&B musician and as a DJ under the stage name DJ Big Driis or Big Driis the Londoner. He was on Time’s 100 list of the most influential people in the world in 2016 – he has been ranked as one of the sexiest men in the world several times.

His first wife was the Danish make-up artist Hanne Nørgaard (1999-2003).

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Their daughter, Isan, was born in 2002. After his divorce from Hanne, he dated pole dancer, Desiree Newberry, and the couple were together for ten years before she cheated on Idris, and they broke up. After his divorce from Sonya, he started dating make-up artist Naiyana Garth in 2013, in 2014 she gave birth to their son Winston. After several infidelities from Idris, they broke up in 2016.

He is now married to American model Sabrina Dhowre – they got engaged in 2018 and married on April 26, 2019. In his interview with People magazine for Sexiest Man Alive, he talked about proposing to Sabrina. He said it was the “most nerve-racking” moment of his life. He continued, “In terms of wanting to make someone feel super special and feel my love, that was pretty romantic for me.”

On March 16, 2020, he posted a video to his Twitter account of him testing positive for COVID-19/Coronavirus. As of early 2020, he has an estimated net worth of $20 million.


After graduating from law school, Sonya opened a law firm. In addition to being a lawyer and legal adviser, she also runs a real estate agency. She manages ten employees at the agency. She filed for bankruptcy in 2009, but appears to be returning.

Private life

Sonya met Idris in 2005 through a mutual friend at a party. At the party, they shared a few drinks and quickly fell in love. On April 16, 2016, Sonya said in an interview with the “Daily Mail”: ‘I didn’t really know who he was. My friend just said he was a really nice guy.’ She said he wasn’t super famous when they met. “When I lived in Maryland, I was vaguely familiar with ‘The Wire,’ but I didn’t know who he was.” At the time of their meeting, Idris was auditioning for a movie and had just completed a three-year run on ‘The Wire’.

She said that even though they met at a crowded, well-attended party, they still got along. Sonya added that they hit it off right away, neither of them are shy people, and their outgoing, bubbly personalities drew them together.

Reminiscing about their early relationship, Sonya said they would coordinate their outfits and go on set dates, such as going to the movies and dinner. They sometimes stayed home for their date, as Idris is a good cook. He “cooked Jamaican food: he liked aki and salt fish,” he often made porridge and eggs for breakfast. She added that although he is outgoing, he is still a “housemate” and really enjoyed staying home with Sonya to listen to music and watch television while lounging around in jeans and a T-shirt .

On their first date, they bonded over their love of London, as Idris grew up there and Sonya attended a university in London to get her law degree. After falling in love and becoming a couple, they moved into an apartment in Maryland together.

On April 8, 2006, they attended a boxing match in Las Vegas between Zeb Judah and Floyd Mayweather, and it was in Las Vegas that they decided to get married. She recalled their decision in her “Daily Mail” interview, saying that they didn’t go to Las Vegas to get married, but that one day they were lazing in the sun, drinking mimosas, chatting and being in a good mood. They had been dating for a few months by then and knew it was time to take their relationship to the next level.

Idris Elba and Sonya Nicole Hamlin

They both excitedly exclaimed, “Let’s just do it! … As far as we were concerned, we would spend the rest of our lives together.”

They visited the hotel jewelry store and Idris bought a diamond wedding ring for Sonya and then went to the courthouse to get their marriage certificate. On April 9, 2006 at sunset, they were married at the Little White Wedding Chapel. The only witness at their ceremony was Daniel Krastev, a stranger to the couple who works as a real estate agent. Daniel also took the couple’s wedding photos. Soon after, they left for Jamaica for their honeymoon. During their honeymoon, they kept their marriage a secret. However, problems arose and their marriage did not last long.

In her interview with ‘Daily Mail’, Sonya spoke about what contributed to their marital problems.

She said that when Idris was working towards getting into the film industry, she thrived in her career as a real estate agent and lawyer. She noted that times were tough, and although she was the main breadwinner, he was too proud to accept it. No matter what, he would always pay for meals. “He took out his wallet and paid for everything. He would spend his last penny on me. He’s a man’s man.’

She explained that he wanted to end the marriage after six weeks. People would ask why he chose her, and their comments upset Idris. He would reply with, “Why don’t people just let me be happy?” Sonya did not understand how their relationship would “damage” his career, while other actors, such as Denzel Washington, had a happy marriage for a long time. “But I don’t think those actors’ wives run law firms.”

Idris has said that actors generally marry actresses or models. Still, he wanted to “date someone who’s a regular,” but choosing Sonya got her negative comments and would be dubbed “Miss Ordinary.” He said that time, “…wasn’t easy for either of us.” Under Maryland law, they could only divorce after a year of marriage. To get around this problem, Sonya hired a Las Vegas attorney who claimed she was drunk on their wedding day and the marriage was eventually annulled.

She said the divorce was heartbreaking because they were genuinely in love at the time of their split, but it was clear that things between them would not work out on their own. Idris’ industry friends told him marriage would hurt his career because people would want him to be single.

Idris Elba

Although he was sad about their breakup, he felt his job was more important and decided to focus on it.

Sonya thinks the timing wasn’t right for their relationship; she couldn’t give up her career and follow Idris to Los Angeles. Travel wouldn’t have worked well for them, because Sonya’s law firm wouldn’t have been able to survive if she always moved between Maryland and Los Angeles. Not only that, but Idris often traveled abroad to film movies, and that would take several months.

Thinking back to the day they decided to break up, Sonya and Idris were in Maryland. She especially remembers the moment when he hugged her, and they both said how sad they were. “He was protective of me, but he listened to people in his ear. He was the love of my life.’

Sonya currently lives in Maryland on the East Coast of the US. As far as the public knows, Sonya has no children, and at 46 she is unlikely to give birth now.

Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts

Sonya is a big fan of boxing.


She has brown hair and brown eyes. She is 1.65 m tall and weighs about 78 kg.

Wealth and salary

According to sources, she earns close to $10,000 a month, rounded up to a total of $120,000 a year. She has an estimated net worth of $1.6 million, as of early 2020.

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