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The Untold Truth of Idris Elba’s Ex-Wife – Hanne Norgaard

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Who is Hanne Norgaard?

Born on April 5, 1977 in London, England, Hanne Norgaard is a professional makeup artist, but best known as the ex-wife of actor Idris Elba. Her husband is known for several prominent film projects such as “Star Trek Beyond”, “Zootopia”, “The Jungle Book” American Gangster” and “Nelson Mandela”. He was also part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as the character Heimdall.

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Hanne Norgaard’s fortune

As of early 2020, Hanne Norgaard’s net worth is estimated to be over $250,000, largely earned through success as a makeup artist and in business.

After her divorce from Elba, she resumed her career by starting solo business projects that were fruitful for her. She probably also benefited from her former husband’s success, with Idris’ net worth reportedly exceeding $25 million.

Early life, education and career start

Growing up, Hanne lived in different parts of the world and spent some time in South Korea because of her mother’s lineage, as well as in England. Her father is of African American and Danish descent. The family then settled in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where she developed an interest in modeling.

Her dream was quickly realized at a young age when she started taking professional modeling projects as a teenager. To increase her chances, she moved from home to London to continue her career. However, her parents wanted her to continue her education as modeling was not a lifelong career. As a result, she enrolled at the International Artist Make Up Academy in London, as her parents agreed that she could take this course to stay in the world of beauty even if her modeling career was on the back burner.

Makeup career and business

After graduating, she quickly transitioned into a career in makeup as she was offered a permanent position with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) shortly after graduating.

The company is the UK’s oldest national broadcaster and has an established presence around the world, with its global coverage through numerous sister companies and subsidiaries. She stayed there for a year and then got hired by Columbia TriStar in London when the company wasn’t yet purchased by Sony Pictures. During her time there, she worked on several film projects.

She eventually met and married Idris Elba in 1999, following him as his career blossomed in the country. When he moved to the US for greater Hollywood opportunities, she followed suit and the couple stayed in New York, doing numerous projects there.

She got involved in working for fashion shows, television shows, magazines and movies, eventually becoming the makeup artist for several well-known celebrities such as Robin Williams, Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie. She also worked for major fashion brands such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren – to help market herself, she went by the name Kim Elba to make it easier for people to remember her.

Recent projects

Finally, as Idris found more work, Hanne took a step back from hers and focused on family life and supporting her husband. Things eventually came to a head with their relationship, and the two broke up in 2003, leading to a divorce.

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A few years after the divorce, she recovered and started her career again, returning to the makeup industry with the project “Make a decision”. For the program, she collaborated with other hairstylists and makeup artists to provide numerous services to potential clients. The group quickly became known and was hired for parties, especially during holidays.

After a few years, her expertise became widely sought after and she was hired as a consultant and makeup artist for the event”My black is beautiful”, which aimed to show beauty by showing numerous black women and help change the ‘normal’ perception of what is beautiful.

She also started earning a more sustainable form of income through a business and launched a cosmetics line called Kim Elba Cosmetics. The main selling point of her products is that no animals were harmed in their creation, and they were also sold without parabens, a type of preservative. She was also a guest on several television programs.

Ex-husband – Idris Elba

Idris got his start in acting in the UK when he was part of numerous BBC hits including the show “Luther” where he played the titular character. Ultimately, his prowess led to him being cast in projects in the US, including the show “The Wire” where he played the character Stringer Bell.

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After his work there, he then had a series of high profile projects, including collaborations with director Ridley Scott in “American Gangster” and “Prometheus”.

In 2011, he became part of the MCU when he was cast in “Thor”. He resumed his role in subsequent “Thor” films, which also appeared in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Avengers: Infinity War”. Other notable projects he has had include “Molly’s Game,” “Pacific Rim,” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” in which he portrayed political leader Nelson Mandela. In addition to acting, he also works as a radio personality, under the name DJ Big Riis or Big Driis the Londoner.

He is one of the world’s most profitable actors, with his projects earning $9.8 billion internationally.

Private life

Hanne met Idris while working on a project together in the UK. During their marriage, they had two children, both of whom remain in Kim’s tutelage – she now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She never spoke about the reason for their divorce, but the two remain friends even after their breakup, meeting occasionally, usually before the big events in their children’s lives. In the 2010s, she met and began a relationship with Andrew L. Friar II, a preacher. The two married in 2013 in a wedding held on a yacht. She is a Christian and the two run a ministry together.


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