Idris Elba Net Worth

How much is Idris Elba worth?

Net Worth:$45 Million
Profession:Professional Actor
Date of Birth:September 6, 1972 (age 50)
Country:United Kingdom
6 ft 2 in (1.89 m )

About Idris Elba

Idris Elba is an English actor, rapper, and DJ who became acclaimed for his roles in famed crime drama television shows such as The Wire and, later, Luther. The actor has since earned his way up to being the lead role in several blockbuster movies with some of them being a part of billion dollar franchises, like his role as Brixton in Fast & Furious and Heimdall in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

From an early age Elba already knew what he wanted to do and credits The Stage for giving him his first big break. The Stage is a British weekly newspaper covering the entertainment industry, and particularly theatre. This is how he found his first auditions and met an agent. Always the worker, eager to learn new things and build his career. When he was just 14 years old, he began working with his uncle providing DJ entertainment for weddings. About a year later, Idris Elba joined with some friends to do their own DJ business.

After being an unknown for the better part of a decade, scoring random acting stints on UK television, including reenacting crime scenes for the documentary series Crimewatch, Elba scored a major role on HBO with the universally acclaimed The Wire. The show was a crime drama that was praised for its realistic sensibilities, thanks in part to being written by David Simon, a former police reporter.

English actor, writer, producer, rapper, singer, songwriter and DJ Idris Elba has an estimated net worth of $45 million dollars, as of 2023. Elba has appeared in the Fast & Furious franchise, The Suicide Squad and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The show has become iconic and remains in conversation as one of the greatest television dramas of all time along with Breaking Bad and fellow HBO show, The Sopranos. Elba played Stringer Bell, the ruthless second in command of a drug empire, and the role opened many doors for the actor in Hollywood.

As is the case with many actors, Elba has profited comfortably from having a role in a major movie franchise. First playing the role in Thor, the actor his played the role of Heimdall in five more movies since Thor’s release in 2011; Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War and Thor: Love and Thunder. The combined box office gross of these movies alone is over $5 billion.

Elba is not only a terrific actor but he is an incredible movie producer and businessman, too. He has produced several movies and TV shows. Most notably, the actor starred in and produced Beasts of No Nation, which was one of the very first Netflix original movies and one of the first movies to be produced by any streaming service, paving the way for Amazon Prime, AppleTV+, Disney+, and more to follow the business model.

After he was an established actor in Hollywood, having major roles in Pacific Rim, American Gangster, and Prometheus, Elba starred in six movies in one year. In 2016, which must have been the biggest year the actor ever had, he starred in Zootopia, The Jungle Book, Bastille Day, Finding Dory, 100 Streets, and Star Trek Beyond. Those six movies grossed over $3.5 billion, with both Zootopia and Finding Dory grossing over one billion dollars each.

Though Elba had appeared in several blockbuster movies previous to these, 2016 proved that Elba was a bankable movie star, and he would go on to be the lead in movies such as The Dark Tower and The Mountain Between Us.

Being a lover of most sports, Elba takes advantage of his hobbies be monetizing them and featuring in video games, most notably in the recent NBA 2K20, as he plays the role of the Coach. He has also promoted FIFA video games and voiced roles in the first person shooters, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege.

Elba’s Total Net Worth

Idris Elba has earned from his work as an actor and also as a producer, writer and a director. In total, including the appearances and his endorsement deals with the likes of Stella Artois, Squarespace, Toyota, and Ford, Idris Elba has earned an estimated $75 million dollars.

Of that amount, $5-9 million is expected to have been paid in business related costs. The remainder, $68 million, will have been taxed at around 44% as Elba has been residing between the state of Georgia, United States and in London, England, but mostly in London. After tax, it is estimated that his career earnings are at around $38.08 million dollars, having paid $29.92 million dollars in taxes.

Idris Elba married Hanne Norgaard in 1999 and they divorced four years later, in 2003. At the time Elba’s earnings at the time were still relatively low, despite appearing on The Wire. However, considering they have one child together, Isan Elba, it is likely that around $1-2 million dollars has gone in Hanne’s direction.

Elba later married Sonya Nicole Hamlin in 2006 but they divorced that same year and . Eventually Elba married Sabrina Dhowre Elba in 2019 and they remain together. He also has one child with make-up artist Naiyana Garth, Winston Elba.

In his personal life, Elba is estimated to have spent $3-4 million dollars of his career earnings but also probably possesses assets valued at around $1 million, not including investment assets. In his investments, he may have earned investment returns of $9-12 million dollars. Therefore, it is estimated that Idris Elba has a net worth of around $45 million dollars.


Elba hasn’t forgotten his roots as the actor continuously returns to television for cameos and guest appearances, most famously on season five of The Office: An American Workplace, in which he quickly became a fan favorite. He played Charles Miner a manager who found himself in a feud with Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell. It was an important role because it showed Elba with his guard down and proved that he has major comedy chops. More importantly, he returned to a crime drama on television, taking on the titular role of Luther on the BBC series, as well as be on board as an executive producer for the drama.

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