Hanne Norgaard was present in the early years of the professional career of actor Idris Elba as his first wife from 1999 to 2003. It is as such that she has garnered fame. On her own, however, she has achieved success as a British-American businesswoman, writer, and professional makeup artist.
On the part of her ex-husband Idris Elba who has been married 3 times, he has an enormously successful career as an English actor, producer, director, and musician who is also a DJ. His works have earned him a deserving space in many nations. In his home in Britain, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) as well as listed among the Top 100 Most Influential People in the UK of African/African-Caribean descent in the 2020 and 2021 editions of the Powerlist.
With all of these being said, here are the 10 most interesting facts about Hanne Norgard, Idris Elba’s first wife.
Things To Know About Hanne Norgaard
1. How Old is Hanne Norgaard?
Previously known as Hanne Kim Elba, she was born Hanne Kim Norgaard on April 5, 1977, and is currently 46 years old.
The African-Asian keeps a low profile thereby making it difficult for the media to get across her life before fame.
2. Her Marriage With Idris Elba and Why They Divorced
Although there is no certainty as to when Idris Elba and Hanne had met or started dating, she was part of his life when he was struggling to make it is his professional acting career which began in 1994 in The Boot Street Band. 5 years later, he walked down the aisle with Hanne Norgaard while he was 27 years old and Hanne, 22.
A little after they tied the knot according to reports, they moved to the United States. However, things did not fall into place as expected and so, he began to work as a club bouncer while working on perfecting his American accent.
A few years into the marriage and with Hanne becoming pregnant in 2001, the marriage had already started sailing the wrong boat claim sources. Their divorce came in 2003 with a reason not specified. However, there are speculations that could not be far-fetched from Elba’s limited finances at that time. As much as there are guesses, the makeup artist and Elba prefer to have their marriage shielded from the pages of media.
3. She is the Mother of Idris Elba’s First Child and Only Daughter, Isan Elba
Idris Elba was 30 years old while Hanne was 25 when they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Isan Elba in 2002. It was a year later that they divorced but still found a way to both have their daughter in their lives. Isan is a known face who shows up many times with her father in public spaces.
Although her mother, Hanne Kim seals her lips when it comes to her private life and relationship with her daughter and former husband, she would go on to say that what was with Elba was priceless as it gave her Isan.
In addition, Idris had gone to have another child, a son from another relationship with Naiyath Garth, it remains unknown If Hanne Norgaard has any other child.
4. Idris Elba Married 2 Times After Hanne Norgaards
Three years after they parted ways matrimonially, Idris in 2006 married a legal practitioner, Sonya Nicole Hamlin for 4 months before they became divorced.
Following that, he started dating Naiyash Garth from 2013 to 2016 before he became married Somali-Canadian model Sabrina Dhowre and became married in 2009 in Marrakesh, Morrocco.
5. Hanne is Married to Pastor Andrew L. Friar II
Regarding moving on, the ex-wife of Idris Elba went on to become married to Pastor Andrew L. Friar II. Although there is little information about him, Hanne opened up to being blessed to have him as a husband. She further added that he loves God, has patience, understanding, and confidence in their relationship.
6. She is Affiliated to Africa through birth and marriage
Through birth, she was born as an African-Asian. Apart from this, she became married to an African Briton, Elba who was born Idrissa Akuna Elba to a Sierra Leonean father and a Ghanaian mother.
7. She has been battling mental illness
Ushering into 2019, Norgaard’s daughter Isan opened up to her mother’s case having being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, chronic anxiety, and depression.
As part of dealing with her mother’s difficult condition, working in line with mental illness as the Golden Globes Ambassador, Isan had donated $50,000 to the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in 2019. She further works towards changing the perception of mental illness as found in African-American communities.
8. Hanne Norgaard Career as a Makeup Artist and Business Owner
She obtained a diploma in makeup, hair, nails, and special effects from International Makeup Artistry Academy. Afterward, she began building herself in the line of professional makeup artistry with many years put into her work.
At present, she is an owner of the cosmetic brand Kim Elba Cosmetics. She also founded Makeup Your Mind Inc.
In her career, she has worked with many brands that include Columbia, BCC, Sean Combs, BET, Rolling Out, and Calvin Klein to mention a few.
9. Her Net worth
Hanne clearly has a successful career but her earning is not as popular as her name and business. This results in an unknown net worth even though rumors juggle around the media that she may be worth almost $1 million.
Nonetheless, her ex-husband’s career is mainly as an entertainer who has made appearances in blockbuster movies, had a kickboxing career, is a rapper, and is a DJ. He nonetheless makes much of his money from acting where his films have grossed more than $9.8 million at the global box office as well as makes it to the list of one of the highest-grossing actors.
Idris Elba’s net worth is estimated at about $30 million.
10. Her Height and Body Measurement
Hanne is above 5 feet and is shorter than her ex-husband Idris Elba who stands at a height of 6’2 feet (1.89 m).