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, producer, director, and musician. His roles include The Wire, Luther, Beasts of No Nation, and Pacific Rim, among many other series and films. Idris is the son of Eve (White) and Winston Elba. His parents are both African. His father is from Bonthe District, in Sierra Leone, and in 2019 Idris was given Sierra Leonean citizenship. His mother is from Ghana. His father is said to have Krio ancestry. Idris is also known as DJ Big Driis, Big Driis the Londoner, Big Driis, 7 Dub, and Me Innit.

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-white 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, John Legend, in 2018, and Michael B. Jordan, in 2020, 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

30 Responses

  1. Oaken05 says:

    Apparently, his father was Creole Sierra Leonean (, which I kind of assumed since he has spoken Krio a few times.

    • Oaken05 says:

      So, like a lot of countries, Sierra Leone is mult-ethnic. Please change “Sierra Leonean” to “Creole Sierra Leonean,” a distinct ethnic group in the country, that is unless the source I cited isn’t deemed reliable enough. I feel like we have at least two documentations, now, that his father is very likely of Creole ethnic background.

  2. Oaken05 says:

    I’ve been able to find that his father was from Bonthe District in the south of Sierra Leone. This district’s largest ethnicites are the Mende and then the Sherbro. “Idrissa” strikes me as a Muslim name, which would point towards Mende ethnicity, but that’s just a guess.

    Still can’t find where in Ghana his mother is from. I kind of doubt that Elba and White weren’t the original surnames for either parent, or that Eve and Winston are their actual given names since I’ve been able to find absolutely no additional background on either of them than what’s been publicly known.

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