Isan Elba Biography

Isan Elba, the daughter of renowned English actor Idris Elba and makeup artist Hanne ‘Kim’ Nørgaard, is an American celebrity kid and philanthropist. She gained recognition as the ‘2019 Golden Globe Ambassador’ for the ‘Golden Globe Awards’ ceremony, where she represented the philanthropic arm of the organization. Inspired by Taraji P. Henson, Isan became involved with the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, working towards eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health issues in the African-American community. Alongside her role as a mental health advocate, Isan, who celebrated her 17th birthday during the awards ceremony, aspires to pursue a career in the entertainment industry as a filmmaker, actor, and musician.

Quick Facts

  • Nick Name: Issy
  • Age: 21 Years, 21 Year Old Females
  • Family: father: Idris Elba, mother: Hanne Norgaard
  • Born Country: United States
  • Family Members
  • American Women

Rise to Stardom

Isan Elba first gained public attention when she accompanied her father to the red carpet premiere of Tyler Perry’s film ‘Daddy’s Little Girls’ in 2007. Over the years, she often appeared as her father’s ‘plus one’ at various events. However, it was her 16th birthday celebration party in January 2018 that brought her significant media exposure. Her father threw a lavish party for her close friends in Atlanta, and both before and after the event, she and her parents shared details on social media, capturing the attention of fans.

In January 2019, Isan gained international media attention for her role as a mental health advocate at the 76th Annual Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) had named her the ‘2019 Golden Globe Ambassador’, a rebranded gender-neutral role for the former ‘Miss or Mister Golden Globe’. This role is typically given to a celebrity child involved in philanthropic initiatives. As the ambassador, Isan not only presented awards to the winners but also had the opportunity to raise awareness about mental illness, a cause close to her heart as her mother also suffers from it. At the event, she stole the spotlight from her father, who had recently been named the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by ‘People’ magazine.

Philanthropic Activities

Isan Elba is passionate about being a mental health advocate. Having witnessed mental health issues firsthand, she is determined to raise awareness, particularly within the African-American community and among teenagers, where such issues are often considered taboo. Isan wants to encourage open conversations about mental health, emphasizing that it should not be something people feel awkward about. Her mother, who has been diagnosed with bipolar depression, depression, and chronic anxiety, opened up to Isan a few years ago, which she believes made a positive impact. Isan has also partnered with the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, established by Taraji P. Henson in honor of her late father who suffered from mental illness. In recognition of her efforts, the HFPA president announced a $50,000 donation to the foundation on Isan’s behalf.

Future Goals

As a child, Isan Elba aspired to follow in her father’s footsteps and pursued acting training. However, as she grew older, her goals shifted from being in front of the camera to behind it. After witnessing the filmmaking process up close during her father’s directorial debut ‘Yardie’ in 2018, Isan became inspired to pursue a career in filmmaking. Nevertheless, she has not ruled out the possibility of becoming an all-rounder like her father, who is not only an actor but also a director, producer, musician, and DJ.

Family & Personal Life

Isan Elba was born on January 5th, 2002, in the United States, to Idris Elba and Kim Nørgaard. Her father is of English, Sierra Leonean, and Ghanaian descent, while her mother is of Danish origin. Her parents were married from 1999 to 2003. At the time of her birth, her father was struggling as an actor in the US. However, her father’s career took off when he was cast in a starring role in the crime drama series ‘The Wire’. Unfortunately, her parents divorced soon after her birth. Isan was raised by her mother in Atlanta, Georgia. Despite her parents’ separation, Isan has a close relationship with her father and often accompanies him to red carpet events. Interestingly, Isan was unaware that her parents had submitted her name for consideration as the ‘Golden Globe Ambassador’. She only found out about her selection when her father texted her the news, after which her mother explained everything to her. Her father affectionately calls her ‘Issy’.

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