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Hanne Norgaard’s Biography: All About Idris Elba’s Ex-Wife

Hanne Norgaard is a celebrity figure, who came into the limelight for her previous marriage to actor Idris Elba. Even after Hanne’s first marriage ended in divorce, she has continued to build a legacy for herself, thanks to her career as a makeup artist, and unmatched efforts in philanthropic work.

Hanne has come forward as a proud lady who empowers other ladies to take pride in their skin. Moreover, after she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and chronic anxiety, she has gone on to talk about the disorder and empower others to feel better about themselves.


Early Life and Education

The make-up artist was born on April 5, 1977, in the United Kingdom. She was brought up by her mother Kyue Nama Kim, although details about her father have been undisclosed.

Hanne’s mother hails from South Korea, where she also spent part of her childhood years. Since her teenage years, she has been interested in the beauty and fashion world. As a result, she began modeling, exposing herself to the entertainment industry through commercials and print ads.

Although she had begun to get modeling gigs, Norgaard preferred to further her studies. As a result, she relocated to London, where she majored as a makeup artist. Moreover, between 2004 and 2006, she joined the SC Institute in Washington, DC studying Makeup Artistry further.


Over the years, Hanne has established herself as one of the best and in-demand makeup artists. After she attained a diploma as a makeup artist, Hanne found success soon after she landed a gig to join the makeup team for BBC, a British television channel.

The artists specifically worked for shows like “Birds of a Feather” and “Absolutely Fabulous”. The early exposure placed Hanne as one of the best artists, which enabled her to get more gigs, and even start her own company.

Throughout her many years as a makeup artist, she has worked with prominent television shows, films, fashion shows, and advertisement campaigns. Due to her success as a makeup artist, she launched her cosmetics company, Kim Elba Cosmetics, entering the business world.

Who is Hanne Norgaard’s Husband?

Hanne Norgaard is a proud wife, who has been supportive of her husband. She walked down the aisle with pastor Andrew L. Riar II. The wedding took place in 2009, on a yacht and since then they have led a blissful marriage.

While Hanne is known to be married to Andrew, she was previously married to actor Idris Elba. Hanne and Elba met in 1998 at a party, and despite their background differences, they bonded and began dating. After a year of dating, they made their relationship official in Las Vegas, in 1999.

The couple settled in New York City, where Elba was working as an actor. In 2001, Norgaard and her husband welcomed their daughter Isan Elba. Even after they divorced, the duo agreed to stay friends for the sake of their daughter.

Isan Elba has grown into a beautiful young lady, who has proved useful in helping her mother fight bipolar disorder, depression, and chronic anxiety.