Idris Elba - Famous Television Producer

Idris Elba Net Worth


Idris Elba’s net worth is $40 million. The British actor, producer, singer, rapper, and DJ has an impressive career and is considered one of the highest-grossing actors in the entertainment world.

Key facts:

  • Idris Elba is a British actor, producer, singer, rapper, and DJ with a net worth of $40 million.
  • He has appeared in a range of television series, films, and theater productions, as well as voice acted and directed.
  • Elba is one of the highest-grossing actors in the entertainment world, with his films cumulatively generating almost $10 billion as of 2019.
  • He has won several awards, including a Golden Globe for his lead role in Luther, and has been nominated for countless others.
  • Elba is frequently featured in publications' lists of most beautiful people in the world and has earned a spot on Time's list of 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Basic Information About Idris Elba

Full NameIdris Elba
CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Actors
ProfessionsActor, Television producer, Singer, Rapper, Disc jockey, Film Producer
Net worth$40,000,000
Date of birth1972-09-06 (51 years old)
Place of birthLondon Borough of Hackney
NationalityUnited Kingdom
EducationNational Youth Music Theatre
Curiosities and TrademarksDeep baritone voice
Strong London accent
Kids(Two)Winston, Isan
Height6 ft 2 in (1.898 m)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ Instagram β†—οΈŽ Twitter β†—οΈŽ Facebook β†—οΈŽ Imdb

What Movie Awards did Idris Elba win?


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Idris Elba awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
Image Award - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureWinnerThor: Ragnarok2018
BET Award - Best ActorNomineeZootopia2016
Black Reel - Outstanding Voice PerformanceNomineeZootopia2017
BET Award - Best ActorNomineeDaddy's Little Girls2007
BET Award - Best ActorWinnerTakers2011
Image Award - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureNomineeTakers2011
BET Award - Best ActorNomineeThor2012
BET Award - Best ActorNominee28 Weeks Later2008
Black Reel - Outstanding Supporting Actor, Motion PictureNomineeMolly's Game2018
Blimp Award - Favorite VillainNomineeStar Trek Beyond2017
Hollywood Award - Artist of the YearNomineeThor: The Dark World2014
BET Award - Best ActorNomineeThor: The Dark World2014
Black Reel - Outstanding Voice PerformanceNomineeFinding Dory2017
Image Award - Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film)NomineeFinding Dory2017
Hollywood Award - Artist of the YearNomineePacific Rim2014
Jupiter Award - Best International ActorNomineePacific Rim2014
Black Reel - Outstanding Voice PerformanceWinnerThe Jungle Book2017
Image Award - Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film)WinnerThe Jungle Book2017
BET Award - Best ActorNomineeRocknRolla2009
BET Award - Best ActorWinnerThe Losers2010
Image Award - Outstanding Actor in a Motion PictureNomineeThe Mountain Between Us2018
BAFTA Film Award - Best Supporting ActorNomineeBeasts of No Nation2016
Actor - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleWinnerBeasts of No Nation2016
AFCA Award - Best Supporting ActorNomineeBeasts of No Nation2015
BET Award - Best ActorNomineeBeasts of No Nation2016
Black Reel - Outstanding Supporting Actor, Motion PictureWinnerBeasts of No Nation2016
Chlotrudis Award - Best Supporting ActorNomineeBeasts of No Nation2016
DFWFCA Award - Best Supporting ActorNomineeBeasts of No Nation2015
DFCS Award - Best Supporting ActorNomineeBeasts of No Nation2016
Evening Standard British Film Award - Best ActorWinnerBeasts of No Nation2016
Gold Derby Award - Supporting ActorNomineeBeasts of No Nation2016
Golden Globe - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureNomineeBeasts of No Nation2016
IFJA Award - Best Supporting ActorNomineeBeasts of No Nation2015
ICP Award - Best Supporting ActorNomineeBeasts of No Nation2015
INOCA - Best Supporting ActorNomineeBeasts of No Nation2016
ALFS Award - British/Irish Actor of the YearNomineeBeasts of No Nation2016
NTFCA Award - Best Supporting ActorWinnerBeasts of No Nation2016
Odyssey Award - Best Support ActorNomineeBeasts of No Nation2016
Screen Nation Film and Television Award - Favourite International FilmWinnerBeasts of No Nation2016
WAFCA Award - Best Supporting ActorWinnerBeasts of No Nation2015
Image Award - Outstanding Actor in a Motion PictureNomineeObsessed2010
BET Award - Best ActorNomineeGhost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance2012
BET Award - Best ActorNomineeThe Unborn2009
Hollywood Award - Artist of the YearNomineeMandela: Long Walk to Freedom2014
BET Award - Best ActorNomineeMandela: Long Walk to Freedom2014
Capri Actor Award - WinnerMandela: Long Walk to Freedom2013
WFCC Award - Best Male Images in a MovieNomineeMandela: Long Walk to Freedom2013
Vision Award - Best Dramatic PerformanceNomineeThe Wire2005
Primetime Emmy - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a MovieNomineeLuther2016
Primetime Emmy - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieNomineeLuther2014

Idris Elba roles

Movie / Series Role
Concrete CowboyHarp
The Suicide SquadBloodsport
Avengers: Infinity WarHeimdall
Thor: RagnarokHeimdall
Avengers: Age of UltronHeimdall
Thor: The Dark WorldHeimdall
ZootopiaChief Bogo (voice)
TakersGordon Jennings
Daddy's Little GirlsMonty
28 Weeks LaterStone
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & ShawBrixton
Molly's GameCharlie Jaffey
Star Trek BeyondKrall
The Dark TowerRoland
Finding DoryFluke (voice)
Pacific RimStacker Pentecost
American GangsterTango
The Jungle BookShere Khan (voice)
The LosersRoque
The GunmanBarnes
No Good DeedColin
Bastille DaySean Briar
Prom NightDetective Winn
Beasts of No NationCommandant
The Mountain Between UsBen Bass
Ghost Rider: Spirit of VengeanceMoreau
The UnbornArthur Wyndham
The Harder They Fall
Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomNelson Mandela
The ReapingBen
Buffalo SoldiersKimborough
The OfficeCharles Miner 7 episodes, 2009
The WireRussell 'Stringer' Bell 37 episodes, 2002-2004
GirlfriendsPaul Raymond 1 episode, 2005
LutherDCI John Luther 21 episodes, 2010-2019
Made in HollywoodSelf 8 episodes, 2010-2017
Aqua Teen Hunger ForcePolice Officer 1 episode, 2011
CSI: MiamiAngelo Sedaris 1 episode, 2003
Law & OrderLonnie Liston 1 episode, 2001
Saturday Night LiveSelf - Host / ... 1 episode, 2019
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres ShowSelf 2 episodes, 2017-2019
Silent WitnessCharlie 2 episodes, 1997
The BillAlex Mason / ... 2 episodes, 1994-1995
A World of CalmNarrator 1 episode, 2020
2point4 Childrenthe Parachute Instructor 1 episode, 1994

Idris Elba's Movie/Shows Salary

Movie / Series Salary
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & ShawΒ (2019)$8,000,000

Idris Elba's Quotes

  • [on the differences between him and his character Stringer Bell from The Wire (2002)] Stringer is very calculating and he has to be for so many reasons. He will calculate the next steps, shipments, inventory, pays workers... all that. But the wicked part is that he can plan murders because that's a part of his business. I'll tell you, if I, Idris, had to contract for murders as part of my job, I couldn't do it because I have a heart. I have no stomach for ordering other people's deaths. Stringer just gets in there, orders the deed and bam... that's it... it's done and he doesn't think twice about it. There's no way I could be that cold. I'm also a more lively kid out there, doing stuff and I can't just do one thing forever. Stringer is committed to his job and business so much so he doesn't have much of a personal life so he's more one dimensional. As for me I have a child, a life, thirst for travel, you know I'm curious... whereas Stringer is more interested in being the best business person and his interests don't go further than that.
  • [on why he uses his American accent when talking to fans of The Wire (2002)] Wherever I go, the real hardcore drug dealers come up to me and confide in me. I almost feel guilty turning around and saying: "Ello, mate. My name's Idris and I'm from London." I don't want to break the illusion.
  • [on the diversity of projects he's been involved with and if there's any kind of role that frightens him] I would never be fearful of any character. I think there's a tendency for actors like myself, and I don't mean to generalize myself, but I've played "men's men", if you will, characters that are simmering rage and calculated. There's a trend not to play anything that is opposed to that. I remember when I left Stringer [on HBO's The Wire (2002)], one of the films I did was Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls (2007), which was about a man doting over his three little girls. I remember there was talk "Why? Would would you do that? Play gangsters. Play ruthless." It's really funny because the same people who loved me as Stringer Bell were the same people that were watching Daddy's Little Girls literally in tears. Some people don't like the film, but some of the guys that came up to me and said "Yo, I want to see you play gangsters" were the same ones that were in tears because they had either strained relationships with their children, or they loved their children so much and they were watching a character that they could relate to. I don't mind playing characters that are opposite of what people think I am.
  • ... For me, it's entertainment. Every single film I've done, it's about the character. I chose these roles, whether it's Obsessed (2009), whether it's The Gospel (2005). Not everything is going to be as powerful as some of the more iconic roles. I mean, my two biggest performances to date: One film is called Sometimes in April (2005), which is a really important film about the Rwandan Genocide, and people don't ever speak about that role, or that film and what it meant to the people of Rwanda. And I have a film that's out now, a small film called Legacy (2010) [he stars as a former black-ops soldier who was captured and tortured, and returns home to struggle with his paranoia and anxiety and a political conspiracy], but not one bit of acclaim. We actually sent a screener to Roger Ebert this week because he expressed his wish to see it. Not to say he's given his iconic two thumbs up, yet. But I really hope that he does. Michael Moore saw it and loved it. It's a film that critically, in the festival world, has done really well, but again, it's a tiny film and no one wants to write about it because no one really wants to support small-timey films. This character holes himself up in a room for a week, and in this room, he starts to unravel who he is and where he's been. You start to understand that this is a man who's not very well. And then you realize that you're not sure if some of the things we're seeing are real, and in the end, there's a twist. I'm so proud of it, because we made it for no money. [He was also an executive producer on the film.] But I'm also proud of it because it actually does resonate for people who have someone like that in their family, someone who worked in the armed forces and the person that left and the soldier that came back are different. I get criticized for taking roles in films like Ghost Rider 2, but if you look at my rΓ©sumΓ©, dude, I've mixed it up as much as I can. [laughs] I love to play different roles. That's just the kind of actor I am.
  • I'd had three or four years of unemployment, not getting acting jobs. I was watching Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes and saying "I can do that. I can be right there with them." My wife was about eight and a half months pregnant by the time I got the news I was going to be on The Wire (2002). If I didn't get it, I was going to leave the US. We knew that if I didn't have acting work after my daughter was born, we would be up shit street.

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Idris Elba: From DJ Business to Hollywood

Idris Elba is a British entertainer whose talents range from acting to music and everything in between. He has made a name for himself on both sides of the pond, with achievements that include multiple awards and nominations, as well as being featured on Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people.

Early Life

Idris was born on September 6, 1972, in Hackney, London, to parents of Sierra Leonean and Ghanaian heritage. As a child, he discovered his love for acting and music and even started his own DJ business. His formal training began when he attended the National Youth Music Theater, transforming his passion into a potential career.

Acting Career

Elba’s acting career started with several minor roles in British TV shows, such as Absolutely Fabulous, The Bill and Family Affairs. In 1998, he got his break with his first big part in the medical drama, Dangerfield. However, his most memorable role is as Russell β€œStringer” Bell on HBO’s hit series The Wire. In addition to this standout role, the actor has done exceptionally well in other movie titles, including Marvel’s Thor movies and Officer Heimdall’s role.

Idris has acted in various genres –crime dramas, action films, and even musicals such as Cats. While he was passed over as James Bond, he was initially tipped to be the black James Bond after the adaptation from Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale. While playing John Luther in BBC One’s psychological crime drama series Luther, Elba won a Golden Globe Award; his portrayal of the homicide detective garnered critical acclaim.

The versatility of Idris’ skillset allows him to dive deep into his complex characters with ease, stealing the show effortlessly and earning him numerous accolades and much-deserved recognition.

Music Career

Aside from his acting gigs, Elba is an accomplished musician. He had a DJ business, which could be the foundation for his music-related thriving careers. As DJ Driis, he has performed at high-profile events and at a number of clubs across the UK. Since then, he has collaborated with musical artists such as Alicia Keys to produce popular compositions. In 2018, Elba released an EP called β€œKing Among Kings” under his own record label, 7Wallace. In addition, he has produced remixes on some well-known tracks like Skepta’s β€œShutdown” and Wiley’s β€œBoasty.”


Elba has been married three times; his first marriage took place in 1999 when he tied the knot with Kim Norgaard who was his long-time partner. The couple has a daughter together called Isan Elba. In 2006 he moved on to tie another knot with property lawyer Sonya Hamlin, but the marriage collided just four months later.

Later in 2019, Idris Elba married Sabrina Dhowre, a former Miss Vancouver queen, in Morocco, adopting the country’s customs and celebrating with a three-day wedding ceremony. The two fell in love in 2017 and have been inseparable ever since.

What is Idris Elba’s Net Worth and Salary?

As of 2021, Idris Elba has an approximate net worth of $40 million. He is among the highest-paid actors worldwide, with most of his wealth coming from his diversified career across music, movie production, directing and casting, as well as voice acting. According to various reports, an average salary of actors in the US remains at $39.8 thousand per annum; compare that to the hefty offers that Elba receives which explains his enormous wealth.

Achievements and Awards

Elba’s significant successes include a Golden Globe award, a Screen Actors Guild award, and four Emmy nominations in addition to countless nominations in major movie and television award categories. Furthermore, he has managed to be included in many prestigious magazines’ lists of the most beautiful and influential people in the world. Along with his creative prowess and passion for the arts, charitable causes are an important part of Idris Elba’s life. In addition to donating extensive amounts to various charities such as Prince’s Trust, Elba also supports charities that invest in students’ mental health.

Elba’s portfolio and impact continue to grow robustly, with many more fantastic projects underway.. From his early days as a DJ to his current spanning career on stage and screen, Idris has attained iconic levels of fame inspiring others that believe their dreams can flourish if they remain passionate and persistent in their pursuit of success.

Interesting Facts about Idris Elba

  1. Disc jockey under the name "Big Driis the Londoner".
  2. Has appeared on the cover of Essence magazine's "Hot Hollywood Men" issue. [April 2004]
  3. Has one daughter with his ex-wife Hanne "Kim" Norgaard: Isan Elba (born 2002); Isan currently resides with her mother in Atlanta, Georgia.
  4. Is an only child of African immigrants to England. His father was from Sierra Leone and his mother was from Ghana. His name is of Krio African origin.
  5. He appeared on the Black Entertainment Television (BET) special Black Men: The Truth (2007).
  6. He co-produced and performed the intro on rapper Jay-Z's album "American Gangster" (2007).
  7. Former member of the National Youth Music Theatre.
  8. Has been a huge fan of Arsenal Football Club since age 15, although admits only to having gone to two matches. His father is a supporter of Manchester United Football Club (interview on website February 2010).
  9. Named one of People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in the World. [May 2007]
  10. Became a father for the second time at age 41 when his girlfriend Naiyana Garth gave birth to their son Winston Elba on April 17, 2014.
  11. In April 2009, The Prince's Trust, which Elba credits with helping to begin his career, appointed him their Anti-Crime Ambassador. In July 2010, he announced his support for Oona King in her campaign to become the Labour Party candidate for Mayor of London in 2012.
  12. He broke a land speed record, drove a dragster, and piloted an airplane in his miniseries Idris Elba: No Limits (2015). An avid rally fan, he competed in the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship as well as starred in the miniseries, where he races a rally car with help from Ari Vatanen.
  13. He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to drama. He is an actor in London, England.
  14. For his work in Beasts of No Nation (2015), he's the first (and, as 2016, the only) winner of the SAG award for Best Supporting Actor in a motion picture not to receive an Oscar nomination for the same performance.
  15. Has worked with Tom Hardy in the crime comedy RocknRolla (2008). Both stars appeared in the very popular Star Trek series. Tom appeared in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) and Idris appeared in Star Trek: Beyond (2016).
  16. Has played a spaceship commander in two sci-fi films: Captain Janek of the spaceship Prometheus in the movie Prometheus (2012), and Captain Balthazar Edison of the starship USS Franklin in Star Trek: Beyond (2016).
  17. Is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) since 2016.
  18. Named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. [April 2016]
  19. Is the only male that has ever appeared on the cover of Maxim magazine.
  20. Daniel Craig is the person who suggested that Idris could be the next James Bond, saying he would be fantastic.

Additional information of Idris Elba

Lucky Number7
Lucky StoneSapphire
Lucky ColorGreen
Best Match for MarriageTaurus, Capricorn
DivorceKim and Sonya Nicole Hamlin
Eye ColorDark brown
Hair ColorBlack

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