Hanne Norgaard is mostly recognized for being the ex-wife of popular English actor Idris Elba. Idris is widely popular for playing in the series called The Wire where the actor portrayed the role of Stringer Bell. Aside from this, Elba has played in countless movies and TV shows.
Besides, Norgaard is a makeup artist who has worked for many companies. She has also opened her own business. Well did you know that Hanne was adopted when she was just a kid? Similarly, we will also learn the reason behind her divorce from her former husband The Fast & Furious actor. Likewise, did they share any kids? Is she in any sort of relationship in 2023?
So, what are we waiting for, let’s get started right away!
Hanne Norgaard Hasn’t Met Her Biological Mother: She Was Adopted Early
Hanne was born Nam Hee Kim on April 5, 1977, in Korea. She is currently 45 years of age. Her biological mother’s name is Kyue Nam Kim. Norgaard was adopted from an orphanage in Korea at a young age.
Following her adoption, Hanne found out who her father was and also met him. But unfortunately, she still hasn’t met her biological mother. Moreover, she even tried to visit the orphanage from where she was adopted but still couldn’t find any information on her mom Kyue.
As for her ethnicity, Norgaard is of Afro-Asian descent and her nationality is Korean. On the other hand, her biological mother is South Korean whereas her biological father is African-American. Similarly, her adoptive parents are Danish.
Her Education and College
Talking about her education, Hanne has two diplomas. She graduated with top honors from International Makeup Academy. During that time, she studied about makeup, hair, nails, and special effects.
Similarly, in 2004, Norgaard joined S.C. Institute situated in Washington DC. There, she learned about makeup artistry and also studied esthetics. After learning the course for about 2 years, she graduated from the institution in 2006.
What Does Hanne Norgaard Do For a Living? Her Career Details
Idris Elba’s ex-wife first started her career in a company named Finesse International Modeling Agency situated in London in 1991. She worked as a talent director and was responsible for managing national and international models. Moreover, Norgaard was also responsible for image development.
Later down the road, she joined BBC where she worked as an assistant makeup artist. Hanne was responsible for applying makeup to the news host which included basic haircutting and styling. She worked there for 8 years before leaving in the year 2000.
While she was working for BBC, the talented makeup artist also worked a second job at Columbia Tristar. She was hired for the position of key makeup artist where she was assigned to work on multiple movie projects.
A few years back before quitting Columbia Tristar, she joined another company named C.S International Photography Studio. At the company, she worked as a creative makeup director. There, Hanne handled a whole makeup department that had almost 98 professional makeup artists.
Hanne Norgaard Is An Entrepreneur And Owns Multiple Businesses
After working for a lot of famous companies, Idris Elba’s ex-wife Hanne Norgaard gained a lot of experience. Likewise, using the knowledge from her previous jobs, the makeup artist decided to start her own business. She named her company Kim Elba Makeup Artistry in New York. Her business focused on providing services to people who were involved in the fashion industry. But, due to some circumstances, she decided to close her business in 2007.
Nevertheless, Norgaard didn’t lose hope and in the same year started her second makeup service called Makeup Your Mind, Inc. Similar to the one before, the business also provides makeup services to the people from fashion and entertainment industries. Her business is running pretty well, and we hope that she keeps achieving the same success for years to come.
Hanne Norgaard And Her Husband Idris Elba Marriage Details
The ex-couple Hanne and her former spouse Idris met each other for the first time in London. Back then, Idris was just becoming a name in the entertainment industry and she used to work as a makeup artist. Both of them fell head over heels in love with each other and started dating.
Likewise, after dating for quite some time, they took it up a notch and became husband and wife in 1999. After their wedding, the former pair decided to shift to New York.
The ex-flames were together for 4 years and during that time, they welcomed their only daughter, Isan Elba in 2002. Isan is currently 20 years old and shares a great bond with both of her parents.
The Pair Were Together For Only Four Years; The Reason Behind Their Separation
As we said earlier, Norgaard And her former husband Idris had a great love for one another initially. However, their love couldn’t last forever and the former duo decided to walk their separate ways in 2003.
It all began when the Fast And Furious star moved to New York with his newlywed wife to start his acting career. Little did he know that he would have difficulty mastering the American accent and thus be rejected. Hence to support his family, Norgaard’s former hubby started working as a nightclub bouncer and a laborer.
Money was short and it soon began hampering Hanne and Idris’s relationship. Despite all of the problems, the former pair were trying to save their marriage. However, their relationship ended in a divorce.
The former partner in crime despite their separation has remained good friends. They have since been co-parenting their daughter. Likewise, the duo was also seen together during their daughter’s 16th birthday
Is Hanne Norgaard Currently Married? If So, Who Is Her New Husband?
As of 2023, Hanne Norgaard is married to Pastor Andrew L. Friar II. The couple decided to walk down the aisle in 2013. Moreover, Hanne married Pastor ten years after her divorce from Idris Elba.
Talking about their marriage, the lovers had their wedding ceremony held on a yacht cruise at Treasure island. In an interview, Norgaard described her husband,
“God couldn’t have given me more. Andrew’s vision for himself and his ministry really spoke to my spirit. I have always been a woman of conviction and finding a man who shared that outlook was something I had yet to imagine,”
The duo is currently living in their beautiful home in Atlanta, Georgia with Hanne’s daughter, Isan. Similarly, talking about children, Hanne and Pastor don’t seem to share any kids together. But, we have to wait and see if they decide to in the near future.
On the other hand, her former spouse Idris has been married twice since his divorce from Hanne. He was married to Sonya Nicole Hamlin. However, it only lasted for about 4 months as the pair decided to part ways in 2006. At present, he is in a marital relationship with Sabrina Dhowre Elba. The couple has been together since 2017 and walked down the aisle in 2019.
Hanne Norgaard Suffered From Depression
In an interview, Hanne’s daughter revealed that her mother had suffered from chronic depression. Isan expressed her sadness and said it was hard for her to know what her mother was going through. Likewise, she shared that she has been close to her mother ever since the incident.
In addition, Norgaard’s daughter has also been raising awareness for people going through depression in the Afro-American communities. Besides speaking up, she is also said to have joined many mental illness awareness programs.
Hanne Norgaard’s Net Worth
As for her net worth, she is estimated to have a wealth of $900,000. She has earned most of her money from her career in the makeup industry.
On the other hand, her ex-husband Idris Elba has an estimated net worth of $40 million.