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Sonya Nicole Hamlin – Idris Elba’s ex-wife, bio, career, and net worth

Who is Sonya Nicole Hamlin?

Sonya Nicole Hamlin is a successful American lawyer. The diva is pretty renowned in the real estate law niche. However, most of us know her not because of her ability but due to her short-lived marriage with popular English actor Idris Elba.

Sonya and Idris’s relationship was a sensational topic of its time. The reason was the impulsive decision both had shown regarding a crucial matter in life, that is the marriage. They married within the short span of knowing each other and then the next thing we know is that Idris suggested divorce within the four months.

The media attention made Sonya’s life very public. There was too much going on in her life that it would be difficult for anyone to handle. On one hand, you are excelling in your dream career but on the other, you are losing your soulmate because of the growth. What’s worse is that it’s happening at the same time.

According to sources, the main reason for them splitting up was the lack of time they had for their marital relationship to grow. However, no matter how harsh the decision was, both were mature to understand the junction of life they were in and how crucial was for them to fully focus to achieve their professional goals. Even after the divorce, both Idris and Sonya have managed to maintain a cordial relationship.

Sonya Nicole Hamlin has been an idol to black women aspiring to be independent and pursue a career in law. Sonya has been able to inspire many by showing that with hard work comes great reward.

Quick facts

Full nameSonya Nicole Hamlin
Age48 years old
BirthplaceUnited States
EducationDegree in Law
SpouseIdris Elba (2006-2006)
Net worth$2 million
Social mediaNot Active

Sonya Nicole Hamlin birth, childhood, and education

Sonya was born in the US in 1974 but later moved to Notting Hill, London. She belongs to mixed ethnicity but holds American citizenship.

Sonya was a cheerful and active child. She participated in different school activities including sports. She was a brilliant child with a sharp memory. No doubt she is doing well as a lawyer. Sonya was born into a loving family who supported her every step and loved her.

Sonya Nicole Hamlin with Idris Elba

Sonya grew up in the 80s, a significant era of music. It was one of the best eras of music. Her family was supportive of her. It is obvious because she was intelligent and focused however it can’t be denied that she was lucky to have such parents, too.

Sonya was always interested in law, so she decided to get her degree and pursue a career in the law field. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government. Having completed that, she got her Doctor of Law from American University Washington College of Law.

Sonya Nicole Hamlin’s career and the road to success

Sonya has done pretty well in her field as a lawyer. With constant dedication and hard work, she got to where she is standing today.

Sonya Hamlin is a lawyer and runs a law firm specializing in real estate. She has gathered an excellent team that works with her in every case. Running an office with ten employees under her belt, Sonya is doing quite well in the real estate world.

When she moved from Notting Hill to the US, Sonya started searching for a legal counselor job. Working and gathering experience in the field, her hard work did pay off. Sonya is a very successful woman now running a real estate law firm in New York on her own.

According to sources, Sonya is doing great and earning herself a hefty sum of income. She is making approximately 9.9k per month.

She came into the spotlight after her marriage with her ex-husband Idris Elba. As a woman who was already doing good for herself, she became even more famous after the relationship. Despite her popularity, Sonya tries to live a humble life. She keeps most of her personal information hidden.

Sonya Nicole Hamlin relationship with Idris Elba

She met Idris through a mutual friend in 2005. At that time, Sonya was starting her law career. At the same time, Idris was struggling to overcome his failed relationship with Desiree Newberry.

It was not the first serious relationship of Idris. He was previously married to a makeup artist named Hanne Norgaard, with whom he even has a son.

The romance between Idris and Sonya took off very soon, and they started dating. The couple started dating a few weeks after their first meet.

They quickly found much about each other, their likes and dislikes. For example, they felt thrilled to find out their mutual interest in cooking and boxing.

On 6 April 2008, the couple flew to LA to see the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Junior and Zab Judah. After the fight, the couple took a hotel room and decided to crash for the night. It was there the couple decided to tie the knot the next day.

The following day, Idris bought a beautiful diamond ring for Sonya. Then, they got a marriage license heading straight for the ‘A Little White Wedding Chapel.’ Unfortunately, the only witness to the wedding was an LA real estate agent Daniel Krastav. The couple had met him a few hours before and persuaded him to witness. The couple called their parents immediately afterward to get their blessings.

This wedding was a secret from the eyes of the media. The happily wed decided to go on a honeymoon to Jamaica.

Sonya Nicole Hamlin divorce/ marriage annulment

Unfortunately, the marriage between Sonya and Idris wasn’t what they thought it to be. The romance soon fizzled out due to pressure from their respective career.

She was climbing the ladders as a real estate lawyer and her husband, Idris’ career grow by leaps and bounds from small screen fame to becoming a Hollywood star. As a result, the couple had difficulties spending time together as they were engulfed with their professional life.

Sonya Nicole Hamlin with ex-husband Idris Elba

Sources say Idris’s friends encouraged him to leave Sonya and build a sex-symbol image. So, he could thrive in the Hollywood industry. However, he was in a constant dilemma to choose between his wife and career. This became the ultimate reason for their separation.

The couple separated and filed divorced only four months after being together. The separation was in mutual understanding. They decided that it would be best for both to separate.

After the divorce, Sonya had a hard time bouncing back to her everyday life. In addition, she went through mental stress, which led her business to suffer as well. Sonya said that the breakup had taken a tremendous toll on her.

She struggled to move on and didn’t enter into another relationship for several years.

Some sources have suggested that Sonya is now happy and in another relationship. But we couldn’t say for sure. We hope and pray that she soon finds her soulmate.

Sonya’s ex-husband – Idris Elba

We all know of Idris Elba as an English actor, producer, writer, rapper, songwriter, and DJ. He is one of the very talented personalities in the entertainment world. Elba grew up in Hackney and East Ham.

Since school, Elba has had an interest in acting. The talented actor’s first big break came from his credits in ‘The Stage.’ Later on, he got cast in blockbusters such as ‘Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance, ‘ a sequel to the Ghost Rider.

Ebla bagged a marvel role as Heimdall in ‘Thor: The Dark World’ in 2013. Later in 2015, he appeared in the same role in the blockbuster ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ directed by Joss Whedon. In 2016 he appeared as the villainous Sher Khan in the ‘Jungle Book,’ an adaption of 1967 animation.

Idris Elba has bagged many accolades in his career. In May 2007, Elba got listed as one of the People’s annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World. In 2013, he got awarded Essence’s annual Sexiest Man of the Year. He was also in the Top 100 most influential people in the UK of African or African-Caribbean descent.

Sonya Nicole Hamlin net worth and social media

Being a successful lawyer, Sonya Nicole Hamlin has managed to earn a hefty amount of money. Her estimated net worth stands at a figure of $2 million. On top of that, her monthly income is around $9.9k.

Her ex-husband, Idris Elba, is also a millionaire himself. His net worth is estimated at around $20 million. We can also assume that some of his wealth went to Sonya as their divorce settlement.

Sonya Nicole Hamlin lives a lavish lifestyle in her beautiful home. She lives a private life away from social media.

And that is everything we have on Sonya Nicole Hamlin. Comment down below if you think we’ve missed any information.