• Sonya Nicole Hamlin is a lawyer with an estimated net worth of over $2 million
• She grew up in London and returned to the US to pursue her studies in law
• She met Idris Elba while she was practicing law in Washington, and they married in 2006
• They divorced four months later due to differences in their career paths
• She currently supports Idris' endeavors and enjoys watching boxing, eating chocolate, and listening to music
Who is Sonya Nicole Hamlin?
Sonya Nicole Hamlin was born in 1974, in the United States of America, and is a lawyer, but probably better known for being the former wife of English actor Idris Elba. Her former husband has been known for his portrayal of the character “Thor” in several Marvel Cinematic Universe films. He also starred in “The Jungle Book”, “Molly’s Game”, and “Pacific Rim”.
View this post on Instagram
REPORT: #IdrisElba Splits From Longtime Girlfriend Naiyana Garth Via #CloserWeekly "The 43-year-old actor recently split from his longtime girlfriend, #NaiyanaGarth, according to #TheSun. Following their breakup, the Luther star reportedly moved out of their shared London home and has relocated to a nearby apartment in an effort to remain close to the couple's 22-month-old son, Winston. The unfortunate split comes just days after Idris was allegedly spotted partying with 45-year-old supermodel #NaomiCampbell in NYC. “It ended very recently and it’s too soon for her to talk about it," a source close to Naiyana told the publication of their separation. The former duo began dating in early 2013, shortly before the 28-year-old makeup artist became pregnant with the couple's only child. Idris was previously married to Sonya Nicole Hamlin for just a year in 2006 and to Hanne "Kim" Norgaard — with whom he has a daughter, Isan, 14 — from 1999 until 2003."
The Net Worth of Sonya Nicole Hamlin
How rich is Sonya Nicole Hamlin? As of early-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $2 million, earned through a successful career in law. Her wealth has also been elevated thanks to her association with Idris Elba, who has a net worth estimated to be over $20 million. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
While Sonya Nicole was born in the United States, her family later moved to London and settled in Notting Hill, where she would grow up, and studied in the country before returning to the US to pursue her studies in law. She settled in Washington and began specializing in property law.
This form of law focuses on ownership and tenancy within a real estate property. There are several classifications within property law. Cases that involve property lawyers often have to do with ownership conflicts, land rights, transfer of property, proper possession, leasing, and many others. After completing her education, she began practicing law in Washington, and was only starting to get established in her career when she met Idris Elba. During this time he had already established himself as an actor in various English and American projects, though had yet to make his big breakthrough in the industry.
Ex-Husband Idris Elba
Aside from Acting, Idris is known for his work as a director, producer, rapper and DJ. He initially earned fame in the HBO series entitled “The Wire”, in which he played drug trafficker Stringer Bell. He also worked on the show “Luther” as the titular character, and portrayed Nelson Mandela in the biographical film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”. His tenured career has seen him nominated several times for his work, including a Golden Globe Award win. In recent years, he’s appeared in films such as “American Gangster”, and “Prometheus”.
He’s also known for his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as the character Heimdall, who first appeared in 2011’s “Thor”. The character is based on the Norse deity Heimdall and is portrayed as an all-seeing all-hearing protector of the Bifrost in Asgard. Some of the films he worked on as Heimdall include various Thor sequels, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, and “Avenger: Infinity War”. He also gained nominations for his work in “Molly’s Game” and “Beasts of No Nation”. Aside from his acting work, he also performs as a DJ under the moniker DJ Big Driis or Big Driis the Londoner.
Relationship and Marriage
Prior to meeting Hamlin, Elba was married to Hanne “Kim” Norgaard, and had a child during that marriage which eventually ended in 2003. He then had a relationship with pole dancer Desiree Newberry. In 2005, Sonya and Idriss met through a mutual friend at a time when she was at the starting phase of her law career, working in a small office with around 10 employees. The two started dating shortly afterwards, and even started living together in Maryland. The two were known to frequent Las Vegas during their relationship.
It was during this period that the two decided to marry, and the ceremony was held at the Kittie White Wedding Chapel in 2006 with an estate agent as the only witness. However, they stayed together for just four months before separating – according to reports, Idris was struggling to find a job while Sonya was doing well with her career, leading to some problems within their relationship leading to divorce. Reports later clarified that the two decided on separating because Sonya spent more time in her work leading to a rift in their relationship. She could also not join Idris in Los Angeles as he was pursuing acting work there, furthering the problems they had.
Divorce Finalized and Recent Endeavors
Hamlin was intent on staying in Nevada where her career was flourishing while Elba wanted them to stay in Los Angeles to be closer to the entertainment industry. She added that Elba’s friends convinced him that she was a bad omen in his life and that his past relationships also interfered with their marriage. However, other sources stated that the downfall of his marriage to Hamlin was that Elba wanted to retain his status as a sex symbol, and marriage wasn’t helping.
Their divorce was initially filed in Maryland in 2006, but state law dictated that the two had to be married for a year before getting a divorce. Their papers were then filed in Las Vegas. Despite being divorced, she still supports his endeavors from time to time, though rarely makes any public appearances. Several sources state that she is single, and during her free time enjoys watching boxing matches. She also loves chocolate and music. She owns a house in Maryland valued at over $500,000, located near the ocean as she enjoys being near the beach. Idris on the other hand has moved forward with his relationships, and recently became engaged to Sabrina Dowhre.