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Idris Elba Ex Wife Sonya Nicole Hamlin: 5 Facts About English Actor’s Former Wife

Idris Elba and Sonya Nicole Hamlin

Who is Idris Elba’s Ex Wife?

Renowned English actor, producer and musician Idris Elba, is best recognized for playing the role of DCI John Luther in BBC One’s “Luther” and drug kingpin Stringer Bell in HBO’s “The Wire”. Other important roles of the talented actor are in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”, “American Gangster”, “Thor” and “Thor: Ragnarok”. The personal life has been rather unstable and controversial for this successful actor and DJ. He married Soya Nicole Hamlin in 2006, which didn’t last for a very long period of time.

Idris married Sonya Nicole secretly and they got separated in the same year of marriage. Though the marriage didn’t last long, Sonya was madly in love with this handsome actor
(Well, she might have moved on by now). Idris recently got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre.

Personal Information about Idris Elba Ex Wife Sonya Nicole Hamlin

Full Name: Sonya Nicole Hamlin

Birthdate: 1972

Age: 46 years

Birthplace: Notting Hill, London

Nationality: American

Occupation: Businesswoman, Lawyer
Idris Elba Ex Wife Sonya Nicole Hamlin

Idris Elba and Naiyana Garth at BAFTA Awards (Source: Articlebio)

Short Bio of Sonya Nicole Hamlin

Sonya Nicole Hamlin, who is now in her mid-40s, was born in Notting Hill, London. She is a lawyer, who received her education in London and Washington. She is a graduate in Property Law. Earlier, Sonya used to run a real estate office with 10 employees.

Talking about her hobby, she is a die-hard fan of boxing. She loves to spend time in the seaside, listening to songs. However, Nicole likes to maintain a very low profile life and isn’t active on social media sites as well. So not much information is actually known about her.

5 Facts about Sonya Nicole Hamlin

1. Idris’ secret wife

Sonya is probably the wife of Idris, whom no one knew. They married in complete secret and Idris never mentioned her name out to the public. So she was kind of “secret wife” of Idris, about whom nobody had any idea.

Idris Elba Secret WIfe Sonya Nicole Hamlin

Idris Elba and Secret WIfe Sonya Nicole Hamlin(Source: Articlebio)

2. They got divorced in 4 months

The marriage that took place in secret also ended secretly in just four months of marriage. Though Sonya claimed that they had ‘pure chemistry’ and were ‘madly in love’ before splitting, this fact suggests something else.

3. Idris felt the marriage would ruin his career

Now, this sounds quite crazy, but Idris claimed that he divorced Sonya because he was told that she would ruin his career. He believed that getting married at that point would have ruined his career.

4. She talked about her marriage after 10 years

Well, back then, no one knew about Idris’ marriage and divorce. And after 10 long years, Sonya came out open in the media, claiming her marriage with Idris. Now, both of them have agreed to “talk” to media about their decade-old relationship.

5. Sonya loves chocolates

Well, who doesn’t? But the passion of Sonya towards chocolate is at a totally different level. She claimed that she literally lived on it, while she was studying in London.

How did Idris Elba first meet Sonya Nicole Hamlin?

The couple had ‘love at first sight’ when a mutual friend of both introduced the couple to one another, in 2006. They got married in the same year. Though the two were in ‘mad love’ for some time, Idris moved out just a few weeks after the marriage.

He felt that ‘marriage’ would ruin his pathway towards success at that time. The two got separated after around four months of marriage. Sonya now lives in Maryland, on the Eastern Seaboard.

James Barkley

Born in California, James holds a Bachelor's degree in Arts from University of California, Los Angeles. An avid reader, he has written across multiple entertainment websites on the web. His interests are in filmmaking and traveling.

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