Sonya Nicole Hamlin biography: Who is Idris Elba's ex wife?

Sonya Nicole Hamlin biography: Who is Idris Elba's ex wife?

Sonya Nicole Hamlin is an American lawyer and former wife of English actor, producer, and musician Idris Elba. Hamlin and Elba got married in 2006, but their union fell apart in weeks.

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Even though she was married to Elba for a short time, she described him as the love of her life. Sonya leads a very private life and details about her are not readily accessible.

Profile summary

  • Name: Sonya Nicole Hamlin
  • Age: 46 years
  • Date of birth: 1974
  • Place of birth: United States of America
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity: African American
  • Eye colour: Brown
  • Hair colour: Brown
  • Relationship status: Divorced
  • Occupation: Real estate lawyer
  • Net worth: $2 million

Sonya Nicole Hamlin bio

Sonya Hamlin is an accomplished property lawyer born in the USA in 1974. She was formerly married to Hollywood star Idris Elba. Sonya Nicole Hamlin age is 46 years.

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The property lawyer is a very private person. She rarely grants interviews about herself or her marriage to the actor. Also, information about her early life and family is unknown.


After her high school education, she majored in property law, and she studied law both in the United States and in the United Kingdom.


Sonya Nicole Hamlin is a successful property lawyer. She practices in Maryland, and her law firm is also located in Maryland.

Marriage and divorce

Idris and Sonya met in 2006 through the actor's manager. Their whirlwind romance began not long after they met. Sonya stated that they quickly realized how much they had in common.

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They both loved cooking, were both dedicated to their families, struggled before making it in their respective careers, and they loved boxing.

On 8th April 2006, the lovebirds travelled to Las Vegas to watch Floyd Mayweather Junior and Zab Judah's boxing match. For the pair, the boxing event was not the only thing that happened in Vegas.

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While back in their hotel room after the fight, they decided to get married the next day. Idris bought a diamond ring from the jewellery store in their hotel, the two picked up a marriage license and went to the Little White Wedding Chapel to exchange their vows.

None of their family or friends was present at the wedding. They had to persuade Daniel Krastev, a Las Vegas estate agent whom they met a few hours before their emergency nuptial, to be their witness. Within a few hours, Sonya Nicole went from being the girlfriend to becoming Idris Elba spouse.

The newlyweds informed their parents about their marital status but kept the information from the public. They had a honeymoon in Jamaica.

Unfortunately, their beautiful marriage ended almost as fast as it started. The couple filed for a divorce six weeks into their marriage.

The collapse of their marriage was blamed mostly on Elba's rising Hollywood fame.

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In an interview, Sonya told The Mail on Sunday about why her marriage to the actor ended. She said,

It was very sad. Idris and I were madly in love, but he was getting a lot of flak for being married. 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.

For Sonya Hamlin, being divorced was not easy. Her business also took a deep plunge during the recession, which made it a double hit for her at that time.

However, she managed to make a complete comeback both in terms of her happiness and her business ventures. Today, her business is thriving once again, and she is in a good relationship.

Sonya and Elba have remained friends and they communicate now and then.

Nicole Hamlin is not the only Idris Elba ex wife. The actor was first married to makeup artist Hanne Norgaard. He moved to the United States with Norgaard to pursue his acting career.

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Norgaard is Idris Elba first wife and the mother of his 18-year-old daughter Isan Elba.

Currently, Idris Elba wife is beauty queen Sabrina Dhowre.

Sonya Nicole Hamlin net worth

The lawyer's net worth is estimated to be about $2million.

Sonya Nicole Hamlin was married to actor Idris Elba for only six weeks, but the divorce took a toll on her emotionally. She has since gotten back on her feet, her business is doing well and she is now in a good relationship.

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