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Idris Elba Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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What is Idris Elba’s net worth? $25 Million

How did Idris Elba earn his money and wealth?

Born in the year 1972, Idris Elba is well known for his versatile talents that contribute to the entertainment industry. Born to Winston and Eve in Hackney, London, Idris was named Idrissa at birth. Brought up in Hackney and East Ham, Idris developed his interest in acting earlier when he was in High school. Idris Elba’s first break was in a play that was advertised ‘The Stage’. Idris was always known for his quick learning talents. In the year 1986, Idris was helping his uncle in his wedding DJ business when the idea of becoming a DJ struck him. He learned all the technicalities and was all set to start his very own DJ Company within a year with some of his friends.

After years of hard work and struggle as an actor, Idris landed his first remarkable role in the year 1995. It was a medical drama called Bramwell that had its plot set in the year 1890s. Following his excellent portrayal in Bramwell, Idris got many offers of supporting actor in a number of British television series. He played a supporting actor in series like Absolutely fabulous, The Bill, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries, Family Affairs, Ultraviolet etc. To give his acting career a better shot, Idris soon decided to move to the New York City. He started his work In NYC by playing the role of Achilles for Troilus and Cressida.

In the year 2007, Idris finally landed a lead role in a movie titles Daddy’s Little Girls. After the success of this movie, people started appreciating Idris Elba’s talent in acting. He appeared in movies like 28 weeks later and The Christmas which made over $50 million. Post these multi-millionaire movies; there was no looking back for Idris Elba. He signed a horror movie titled Prom Night which released in the year 2008 and The Unborn that released in 2009. In a thriller titled Obsessed, Idris was cast opposite Beyonce. The movie made millions in its very first weekend and Elba proved his acting worth yet again. Elba plays Heimdall in Marvel’s franchise of Thor and has so far appeared in Thor (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Avengers: Infinity War (2018). In the last movie, his character was shown to have died at the hands of Thanos. 

Elba owned a DJ Company earlier in his career and thus a part of him was always very drawn to the Music industry. Initially, in the year 2002, Elba made an appearance in Fat Joe’s Musical video lined by a couple more appearances in musical albums. He finally decided to co-produce Jay-Z’s music album titled American Gangster. Later in his music career, Elba also tried his hand in direction. He co-directed and performed in the video for ‘Lover of the Light’ by Mumford and Sons. He is one of the front-runners to play James Bond in the next James Bond movie after Daniel Craig’s last appearance in Spectre (2015).

Elba’s work and talent were recognized and appreciated by a mass audience. He was selected by People’s magazine as one of the 100 in the most beautiful people in the world in May 2007. He was named Essence’s annual Sexiest man of the year in the 2013 and in the same year he was ranked no. 2 in People’s annual magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive. In 2018, yet again, became People’s Sexiest Man Alive of 2018.

What are the highest grossing movies of Idris Elba?

  1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018): $2.048 billion
  2. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): $459,005,868
  3. The Jungle Book (2016) (Voice): $364,001,123
  4. Zootopia (2016) (Voice): $341,268,248
  5. Thor: Ragnarok (2017): $313,694,838
  6. Thor: The Dark World (2013): $206,362,14
  7. Thor (2011): $181,030,624
  8. Star Trek Beyond (2016): $158,848,340

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