Sonya Nicole Hamlin | Ex-Wife Of Idris Elba, Biography, Age, Career, Marriage

Sonya Nicole is an American lawyer and former wife of an English actor Idrissa Akuna Elba. Sonya came into the spotlight in 2006 after marrying Idris Elba, but unfortunately, their marriage fell apart in weeks.

Who Is Sonya Nicole?

Sonya Nicole is an experienced property lawyer; she was born on 1 January 1974 in Glenn Dale, USA. As of 2022, Sonya Nicole is 48 years old.

Sonya spent her childhood days in Maryland and finished her high school education. 

After her secondary education, her parents moved to Notting Hill, London, where she attended law school and went on to the American University Washington College Of Law.

She majored in property law and pursued her studies in the US and the UK.


Sonya has been a property lawyer since 2005. Since that time, Sonya has successfully built a career for herself as a real estate lawyer, and she is currently doing exceptionally well. 

Body Measurements 

Nicole Hamlin is 149 pounds and 5 feet 5 inches tall (165 centimeters) (68 kilograms). She has brown eyes and black hair.

Idris Elba And Sonya Nicole Relationship

Sonya and Idris met each other through a mutual friend. They both met and soon started dating each other after discovering that they had a lot in common.

They both Love cooking, boxing, and other things, they both dated for a while and decided to get married in 2006, but unfortunately, they got separated just after four months of their marriage.

Why did Idris Elba And Sonya’s Marriage Fall Apart?

Their marriage’s demise was mostly attributed to Elba’s emerging Hollywood popularity. Sonya discussed why her marriage to the actor ended in an interview with The Mail on Sunday.

Sonya said they were both madly in love with each other, but Idris was getting a lot of flak for being married.

 “People were telling him he was going to ruin his career ‘, He was being told it was an important part of his image to be a single sex symbol in Hollywood, and being married would damage that.”

Idris Elba Previous Marriage

Idris Elba also had one previous marriage that had ended in divorce.

Elba first married Hanne Kim Norgaard from 1999-2003. He has a son with his ex-girlfriend Naiyana Garth and a daughter, Isan, with Norgaard. Early in 2017, Elba started dating Somali-Canadian model Sabrina Dhowre. On February 10, 2018, they engaged while screening his movie Yardie in an East London cinema. On April 26th, 2019, they were married in Marrakech.

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