Idris Elba Girlfriends 2021: Who Is He Dating Now?

Idris Elba is 2018’s Sexiest Man Alive, but is he single? Taken? Married? The actor doesn’t like to date fellow actors and typically keep a low profile on his relationships.

Elba has been married twice and has two kids from past relationships. Take a look at his full dating history below.

Hanne Norgaard 1999-2003

It’s unsure when Elba and makeup artist, Hanne Norgaard began dating but the two got married in 1999. The former couple has one child together, a daughter named Isan (pictured below), who was born in 2002. The couple split a year later in 2003.

Idris Elba and his daughter Isan Elba on the red carpet at the 2016 SAG Awards

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Norgaard hinted that Elba’s career got in the way in their relationship, but there are no hard feelings between the exes.

“I knew that what Idris wanted to achieve would take major sacrifices, so I held on for the ride,” she said. “But I must say, I am very happy with how things have turned out for us all.”

Norgaard is happily remarried.

Sonya Hamlin 2006

Elba and property lawyer Sonya Hamlin met in 2006 through mutual friends. The two fell fast and got eloped soon after. But their whirlwind romance came crashing down when they split six months later.

In an interview with Daily Mail, Hamlin revealed that people in the industry were telling him that being married would ruin his sex symbol status.

“It was very sad. Idris and I were madly in love, but he was getting a lot of flak for being married,” Hamlin said. “Everyone was like, ‘Dude, you’re the hottest sex symbol!'”

“‘It wasn’t the right look,’ that’s what they were telling him. I wanted to save the marriage,” Hamlin added.

Naiyana Garth 2013-2016

Idris Elba and girlfriend Naiyana Garth at the 2016 BAFTA awards

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After his second divorce, Elba took a break from dating for six years. He stepped back out in the dating scene with makeup artist Naiyana Garth. They made their relationship public at the Harper’s Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards in March 2013. The couple welcomed a baby boy, Winston, in 2014.

The couple split two years later in 2016. They briefly got back together and walked the BAFTA red carpet together in May 2016.

Sabrina Dhowre 2017-Present

Idris Elba and girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

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The actor began dating model and former Miss Vancouver, Sabrina Dhowre. The two met while he was up in Canada filming The Mountain Between Us. The two had their first red carpet appearance at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of Molly’s Game.

A few months later in February 2018, Elba popped the question and proposed to Dhowre. Elba told People magazine that he was originally going to propose on Valentine’s Day but ultimately proposed at a cast and crew screening of his film Yardie. The proposal was filmed and went viral.

The couple seems to be happy and Dhowre gets along well with his two kids.

There is no wedding date set yet but third times a charm, right?


Idris Elba is happily engaged to beauty queen Sabrina Dhowre but no date for a marriage has been declared.

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