Idris Elba’s Son Winston, 10, ‘Loves Recognizing’ Dad’s Voice in ‘Knuckles’

Idris Elba’s new role is proving to be a hit with his son.

While speaking to Entertainment Tonight about his new movie Knuckles, a spinoff of the Sonic the Hedgehog films, the actor, 51, shared that his son Winston, 10, is a big fan of his animated character Knuckles.

“He loves seeing Knuckles. He loves Knuckles as a character, and I think he loves recognizing his dad’s voice and stuff,” Elba said of the role.

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The star shares his son Winston with ex-girlfriend Naiyana Garth. He is also dad to daughter Isan, 22, whom he shares with ex-wife Hanne “Kim” Nørgaard.

In 2022, Elba appeared on iHeart Radio’s The Breakfast Club morning show and spoke about how his daughter had auditioned to be in his film Beast.

“She auditioned and it came down to chemistry in the end. She’s great, but the relationship in the film and the relationship between my daughter was, the chemistry wasn’t right for the film, weirdly enough.”

Elba said his daughter didn’t speak to him “for about three weeks” after producer Will Packer informed her she didn’t get the role.

Idris Elba and daughter Isan at ‘Beast’ premiere.


“I called and talked to her, ’cause I’ve known her for a very long time,” Packer said of the moment. “I’m like ‘Uncle Will.'”

“He auditioned with her, he was very tough on her,” Packer recalled. “[Elba] said [to his daughter], ‘Listen, at the end of the day we’re going to make the best decision for the movie. I trust you, Will, trust the director,’ and she was very good, very close.”

Elba also praised his daughter for getting through the moment and accompanying him to the film’s premiere.

“She was very gracious about it and we got through that and I’m really proud of her to go through that, not get the role, but still come to the premiere,” the actor noted.

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