Idris Elba

Birth Name: Idrissa Akuna Elba

Place of Birth: Newham, Essex, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 6 September, 1972

*Sierra Leonean (father)
*Ghanaian (mother)

Idris Elba is a British actor, DJ, rapper, musician, and producer. Idris is the son of Eve (White) and Winston Elba. His parents are both African. His father is from Sierra Leone and his mother is from Ghana. He is also known as DJ Big Driis.

Idris is married to Sabrina Dhowre. He has two children.

Idris’s paternal grandfather was named Moses. Moses was a sailor and policeman.

Idris was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2018. He is the third non-caucasian man, and the third man of significant African ancestry, to have been given this title by the magazine (Denzel Washington, in 1996, is the first, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, in 2016, and John Legend, in 2018, are the others, fitting both criteria). Idris is also one of three English-born men to have thus far been given the title (Jude Law, in 2004, is the first, and David Beckham, in 2015, is the second).


Curious about ethnicity

21 Responses

  1. Oaken05 says:

    Is anyone able to find from which groups in each of Ghana and Sierra Leone he is from? Both of his parent’s surnames are European, so that doesn’t help in finding out except for maybe the father who could be from the Krio people in Sierra Leone, but that would just be a guess.

  2. Samiiraa says:

    Is one of his parents Muslim ? Idris/Idrissa is an Arab name.

  3. madman says:

    Idris is the son of Eve (White) and Winston Elba.

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