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6 companies owned by Idris Elba

by Feyisayo Ajayi
Idris Elba

In the vast tapestry of modern Hollywood, few threads shimmer as brightly as the multi-faceted career of Idrissa Akuna Elba OBE, widely recognized as Idris Elba.

Born in Hackney to parents of Sierra Leonean Creole and Ghanaian heritage, Idris’ journey from the modest streets of London to the glittering avenues of Tinseltown is a tale of sheer grit and unyielding talent. Notably celebrated for his role as the shrewd “Stringer” Bell in HBO’s The Wire, Elba’s career boasts an expansive 57 film credits, including powerhouse performances in “Beasts of No Nation” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” 

But beyond the marquees and award ceremonies, Elba wears many hats – that of a musician, DJ, philanthropist, and an astute businessman. As he strides forward, he’s cemented his legacy with ventures that mirror his diverse interests, from wine and music to movies and fashion. 

Join us as we delve into these six enterprises, each reflecting Elba’s unique brand of genius.

Porte Noire

Porte Noire is a restaurant and wine bar owned and run by Elba. Elba also has an exotic wine collection by the same name. Some of the reviews his wine line has gotten are such phrases as “thrillingly good,” “delicious,” and “lovely mellow.”

S’Able Labs 

S’able Labs was founded in 2020 by Elba and Sabrina Elba. S’ABLE Labs (Elba’s spelled backward) formulates unisex skincare formulated with natural extracts and activated complexes.

Silly Face 

Silly Face is a joint venture between Miroma founder Marc Boyan and Elba, launched in 2023. It is a marketing and content business based in London to help brands navigate the present day’s challenging climate and improve upon diverse representation in advertising. 

Green Door Pictures 

In 2013, Elba founded the production company Green Door Pictures to champion diversity of thought. Green Door Pictures exists to create a stimulating and thriving environment for talented film and TV series writers, actors, directors, and producers to bring the best of diverse storytelling to a global audience.

Eve of Winston 

Elba recently launched Eve of Winston — named after his mother and father — a menswear clothing line.


7Wallace is the record label founded by Elba in 2015 with the aim of breaking boundaries in dance and hip-hop music

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