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. andrew says:

    Or “from the Sinai villages”…

  2. dlxzvs says:

    correction the word caucasian should be changed to white or european

    • Oaken05 says:

      Stop spamming multiple pages with this comment.

      • jackson9 says:

        @dlxzvs In this case what are you talking about? Where is Idris Elba’s Caucasian/white/European ancestry? btw if you don’t like the word Caucasian we are very open minded on this website and are willing to hear you out. I personally think all ethnic Jewish celebrities should have their ethnicity change to “children of Israel”

  3. 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.

  4. Samiiraa says:

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

  5. madman says:

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

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