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Idris Elba's Marriage Ruined When He Became Homeless

February 11, 2010 04:38:43 GMT

The former star of 'The Wire' shares his bitter experience when he struggled to find a job and ended being homeless which then cost him his marriage.


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Former "The Wire" star Idris Elba was left homeless during the breakdown of his marriage. The British actor was wed to Dormowa Sherman and they have a seven-year-old daughter, Isan, together. 37-year-old Elba admits the relationship unraveled while he was struggling to find work, and he ended up sleeping in his car while he attempted to land an acting job.

He tells Britain's Now magazine, "I was going through a really tough time some years ago. I couldn't get an acting job and my marriage was in a horrible place, so I ended up homeless. I slept rough in my brown Chevrolet Astro van for eight weeks."

And Idris Elba recently kicked start his acting career by documenting troubles which are faced by youth of modern Britain. On his project, he shared, "I grew up around people who have gone through hardship and crime and I knew people who were criminals. My character in The Wire harvests kids who have come out of school and into crime. But there are a lot of talented kids out there who just need a foot in the door."


 




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posted by sleepless in kuala l on Aug 15, 2013
Dear Idris... Pacific Rim.... Awesome! Future 007....Absolutely
posted by Rakeem on Jan 22, 2013
Itres Elba should divorce. Kim Elba.
posted by sweet pea on Nov 28, 2012
They might as well give u their bra size lol since they selling themselves lol how's your ego since u have women falling at your feet I pray u have discernment most r after the money and looks people need to learn to discern and realize what they need not want going after what u want will only leave u lonely in the long run flesh is fading but the spirit is everlasting stay humble God will bring down the ones whom exalt themselves and exalt the.humble just wanted to share some word with u I'm on my way to drake hospital for therapy had a massive stroke due to a on the job accident gotta go for rehab one love Idris
posted by sweet pea on Nov 28, 2012
Sorry my keyboard didn't put the b in your name my apologies b encouraged Mr Elbaim not gonna b the easy type and sale myself like the rest of these women I can't and won't money isn't important to me just how I'm treated and if he's saved that's most important in life and death keep up the good work where can your music b purchased like the style slight reggae nice nice voicetoo
posted by sweet pea on Nov 28, 2012
That's awful that she left she wasn't really for u if she was she would have stayed when I marry it's for life I'm saved in Christ no matter what I'm gonna stay and support my husband as long as he's saved I won't marry none that's not saved in Christ no matter who it is or how good they look including u idris stay up Mr el a
posted by lola on Sep 18, 2012
I'm from Argentina and I want to be Mrs Idris Elba :) love him, he's so sexy ....
posted by TEE on Aug 29, 2012
OH IDRIS ELDA U ARE SUPER GORGEOUS IM AVAILABLE FOR U
posted by black Proud on Jul 30, 2012
I've seen Luther and I'am proud.Untill now never seen a black leader-actor on BBC. Wish you good luck.
posted by CeeJay on Jul 11, 2012
Mr. Elba is an awesome actor - even in roles that you dont't like to see him play [Stringer] he still captures you and draws you in. Hope to see more of him on the big screen. See is Luther series - he is dynamic! Mr. Elba puts me in the mind of a man I once loved dearly.
posted by younan on Jul 05, 2012
JE T ADORE
posted by Miss Y on Feb 01, 2012
Idris man, you are so handsome. You are great at what you do, i first saw you on that No1 Woman Detective series with Jill Scott. i hope you play James Bond:-)
posted by LuCky on Oct 16, 2011
I think this Kim Elba is a liar. He wasn't married to her.
posted by doodoobrown on Oct 10, 2011
I tell you women dont understand a thing...all they want to see is success but they dont know a damn thing about getting there
posted by JOSIE A on Jul 16, 2011
hi
posted by lee on Jul 11, 2011
U r the best actor n damn sexy
posted by lisa lisa on Jun 12, 2011
Hi Idris i just wanted to let you know what a great actor you are and how much i adore you i think that what ever woman let you go is a fool you are a beautiful person far as i can see and i wish you all the success in the world..hugs and kisses sweetheart.
posted by McDONALDS on May 09, 2011
TRUE TALENT IS SEEN WHEN IT IS REAL, WE CAN ALL CONFIRM THAT THE HANSON AND TALENTED AFRICAN AMERICAN ACTOR DESERVES MORE THAN JUST A PASSIVE PART IN HIS ACTING CAREER, WHAT A LOST FOR THE BRITISH MOVIE INDUSTRY, IDRIS DESERVES MORE,,,,,,,BRAVO ELBA
posted by nelly on Jan 16, 2011
im from south africa and i just think ure a versitile actor and u should definately do sometin about wat i said.. we luv u here.
posted by Ebony on Jan 04, 2011
Well she sure was a f00l t0 leave y0u!!!! i kn0w l00ks aren't everything but DAMN can y0u say FINE t0 the tenth p0wer!!!! Call me anyday ill marry y0u :) l0lllll
posted by tootie on Dec 15, 2010
idris elba you is one sex man i love to see all your movies so i would like to know is you marrage or not have you fine ms right i just wont to know
posted by kitty on Nov 22, 2010
It's not Dormowa Sherman, it was Kim Elba.
posted by jenny on Sep 14, 2010
May u find true love idris and God bless ue little lady.
posted by tee218 on Sep 09, 2010
I love u I love ur wk i think u r the sexiest man alive and yes ladies im a groupie loved him since The Wire as Stringer Bell
posted by MissLouisiana on Sep 06, 2010
HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. ELBA.....WISHING U A BLESSED DAY...ENJOY!
posted by Kortes on Sep 02, 2010
I love u n I love ur acting, its tops man keep on doing the grt work! God bless n grant u with more! Ur just brilliant!
posted by MissLouisiana on Sep 01, 2010
You are a very talented man, and good things come to good people; with that being said, I wish you nothing but success and happiness in your endeavors.
posted by Obsessed Myself! LOL on Aug 03, 2010
I am a Latina woman and have never dated men other than Latin men but boy oh boy does Idris do something for me, he is a hottie! I LOVED him in the movie Daddy's Girls and Obsessed, now I am going to have to check him out in the other movies he stars in, you are a great actor and I pray for your continued success! Muay!
posted by babygirl on Jul 24, 2010
hmmmm marriage is for better or worst look now you are a great success congrats to you continue to be the greates father god bless!
posted by Shelia on Jul 24, 2010
Idris is sure to exceed higher than his own expectations. I can definitely relate to his experience somewhat, as I went through a similiar ordeal. Although, I believed in someone more than himself, and when everything moved in a positive direction, more problems came with more money. I'm praying for Idris and his daughter, for their happiness and his success.

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