Early life, family, educational background
American lawyer Sonya Nicole Hamlin was born in 1974 of mixed ethnicity. She is best known as the second wife of British actor Idris Elba. She studied law in Washington and London and specializes in real estate law.
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Who is Idris Elba?
English actor, producer, singer, rapper, songwriter, producer, writer and DJ, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born on September 6, 1972 in Hackney, London, England, to parents who emigrated from Sierra Leone and Ghana. His list of famous roles includes as Stringer Bella in the HBO series ‘The Wire’, Nelson Mandela in the 2013 biographical film ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ and DCI John Luther in the BBC One series ‘Luther’.
He has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, all for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, and five Primetime Emmy Awards. He won a Golden Globe in 2012 for ‘Luther’.
Idris appeared in 2007’s “American Gangster” directed by Ridley Scot and 2012’s “Prometheus.” He played Heimdall in several Marvel films, including “Thor” in 2011, its sequels in 2013 and 2017; “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in 2015 and “Avengers: Infinity War” in 2018. Some of his non-Marvel films included starring in 2013’s “Pacific Rim” and 2015’s “Beasts of No Nation” for which he won a BAFTA. , and was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Supporting Actor category.
He has also voiced several animated films such as Chief Bogo in 2016’s ‘Zootopia’, Shere Khan in ‘The Jungle Book’ and Fluke in ‘Finding Dory’.
Idris’ directorial debut was in the 2018 adaptation of Victor Headley’s 1992 novel, “Yardie”.
As of May 2019, Idris’ films have grossed more than $9.8 billion at the box office worldwide. In North America, he has made more than $3.6 billion at the box office, and he is also listed as one of the top 20 grossing actors in North America.
Apart from his acting career, he performs as an R&B musician and as a DJ under the stage name DJ Big Driis or Big Driis the Londoner. He was in Time’s 100 list of the most influential people in the world in 2016 – he has been ranked several times as one of the sexiest men in the world.
His first wife was the Danish makeup artist, Hanne Nørgaard (1999-2003).
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Their daughter, Isan, was born in 2002. After his divorce from Hanne, he dated pole dancer, Desiree Newberry, and the couple were together for ten years before cheating on Idris, and they broke up. After his divorce from Sonya, he began dating makeup artist Naiyana Garth in 2013, in 2014 she gave birth to their son Winston. After several infidelities from Idris, they broke up in 2016.
He is now married to American model Sabrina Dhowre – they got engaged in 2018 and tied the knot on April 26, 2019. In his interview with People magazine for Sexiest Man Alive, he talked about proposing to Sabrina. He said it was the “most nerve-wracking” moment of his life. He went on to say, “In terms of wanting someone to feel super special and feel my love, that was pretty romantic for me.”
On March 16, 2020, he posted a video to his Twitter account in which he tested positive for COVID-19/Coronavirus. As of early 2020, he has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
After receiving a law degree, Sonya opened a law firm. In addition to being a lawyer and legal advisor, she also runs a real estate business. At the office she manages ten employees. She filed for bankruptcy in 2009 but has seemingly bounced back.
Sonya met Idris in 2005 through a mutual friend at a party. At the party, they had a few drinks and soon fell in love. On April 16, 2016, Sonya said in an interview with the Daily Mail, “I didn’t really know who he was. My friend just said he was a really nice guy.’ She said he wasn’t super famous when they met. “When I lived in Maryland I knew ‘The Wire’ vaguely, but I didn’t know who it was.” At the time of their meeting, Idris was auditioning for a movie and had just completed a three-year run on “The Wire.”
She said that even though they met at a busy, busy party, they were still able to “get it right.” Sonya added that they clicked right away, neither of them are shy people, and their outgoing, bubbly personalities are what drew them to each other.
Reminiscing about their early relationship, Sonya said they would coordinate their outfits and go out regularly, such as to the movies and dinner. They sometimes stayed home for their date, because Idris is a good cook. He “cooked Jamaican food: he liked aki and salted fish,” he often made porridge and eggs for breakfast. She added that although he is outgoing, he is still a “roommate” and really enjoyed staying at home with Sonya to listen to music and watch television while lying in jeans and a T-shirt. .
On their first date, they bonded over their fondness for London, as Idris grew up there and Sonya attended a university in London to get her law degree. After falling in love and becoming a couple, they moved into an apartment in Maryland together.
On April 8, 2006, they attended a boxing match in Las Vegas between Zeb Judah and Floyd Mayweather, and in Las Vegas they decided to get married. She recalled their decision in her “Daily Mail” interview, in which she said they weren’t going to Las Vegas to get married, but that one day they were lounging in the sun, drinking Mimosas, chatting and in a good mood. . At that time, they had been dating for a few months and knew it was time to take their relationship to the next level.
They both exclaimed excitedly, “Let’s just do it!…As far as we’re concerned, we’d spend the rest of our lives together.”
They visited the hotel jewelry store and Idris bought Sonya a diamond wedding ring and then went to the courthouse to get their marriage license. They were married at the Little White Wedding Chapel on April 9, 2006 at sunset. The only witness at their ceremony was Daniel Krastev, a stranger to the couple who work as real estate agents. Daniel also took the couple’s wedding photos. Shortly after, they left for Jamaica for their honeymoon. During their honeymoon, they kept their marriage a secret. However, problems arose and their marriage did not last long.
In her interview with ‘Daily Mail’, Sonya spoke about what contributed to their marital problems.
She said that when Idris was in the process of getting into the film industry, she was doing well in her career as a real estate agent and lawyer. She noted that these were challenging times, and although she was the main provider, he was too proud to accept it. Whatever happened, he would always pay for the meals. “He would pull out his wallet and pay for everything. He would spend his last cent on me. He’s a man’s man.’
She explained that he wanted to end the marriage after six weeks. People asked why he chose her, and their comments upset Idris. He would respond with, “Why don’t people just let me be happy?” Sonya did not understand how their relationship would “damage” his career, while other actors such as Denzel Washington had long been in the happy marriage. “But I don’t think those actors’ wives run law firms.”
Idris has said that actors generally marry actresses or models. Still, he wanted to “go out with someone who is regular,” but by choosing Sonya, she got negative comments and would be called “Miss Ordinary.” He said that time, “…wasn’t easy for both of us.” Maryland law allowed them to divorce after one year of marriage. To get around this problem, Sonya hired a Las Vegas attorney who claimed she was drunk on their wedding day and that the marriage was ultimately annulled.
She said the divorce was heartbreaking as they were genuinely in love at the time of their breakup, but it was clear that things wouldn’t work out between them. Idris’ industry friends told him that marriage would hurt his career because people would want him to be single.
Although he was sad about their breakup, he felt his job was more important and decided to focus on that.
Sonya thinks the timing wasn’t right for their relationship; she was unable to give up her career and follow Idris to Los Angeles. Travel wouldn’t have been good for them, as Sonya’s law firm couldn’t have survived if she’d always moved between Maryland and Los Angeles. Not only that, but Idris would often travel abroad to film films, and that would be for several months.
Thinking back to the day they decided to split up, Sonya and Idris were in Maryland. She especially remembers the moment he hugged her, and they both said how sad they were. “He was protective of me, but he listened to people in his ear. He was the love of my life.’
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— Idris Elba (@idriselba) May 16, 2020
Sonya currently lives in Maryland on the east coast of the US. As far as the public knows, Sonya has no children and is unlikely to give birth at the age of 46.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Sonya is a huge fan of boxing.
She has brown hair and brown eyes. She is 1.65 m tall and weighs about 78 kg.
Wealth and salary
According to sources, she earns close to $10,000 a month, rounded up to a total of $120,000 a year. She has an estimated net worth of $1.6 million, as of early 2020.