Idris Elba is taken

By Drum Digital
08 November 2013

British actor and hunk Idris Elba is now officially dating hair and make-up artist Naiyana Garth.

The 41-year-old actor was pictured getting cosy with Naiyana at this week's Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year awards at Claridge's Hotel in London. And despite the pair only just going public, a source close to the star said the couple have actually been together for several months. The source told The Sun: 'They've been together for a few monthsbut it's really ramped up recently. They get on brilliantlyand she's a real hit with his family and friends. 'Idris is known as a ladies' manbut he's really not at all. He'd rather have banter at the bar than spend all night grafting on women. Although he doesn't have to try anyway, women flock to him.' The UK’s Dailymail is reporting that as soon as news broke of their romance Naiyana's Twitter feed disappeared from the site while her personal web page,, is now listed as being 'under construction'. It's still listed on Google however, describing Naiyana as 'a London-based professional hair and make-up artist with extensive experience in Fashion, Film, special effects/prosthetics, Body Painting and Bridal.' After starring in two of the hottest TV series on TV, The Wire and Luther, he is now being tipped for an Oscar for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in the new biopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.  Speaking previously about getting into character for the movie, Elba told the Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye's he spent a night on Robben Island, locked in a cell next to the one where Mandela was jailed for 18 years. He said: 'I wanted the audience to know what it was like once Mandela and his colleagues were jailedand the crowds dissipated.'  The actor travelled around South Africa researching the role and wrote to the authorities on Robben Island (now a heritage site) to ask if he could stay in the jail. Initially, they turned him down, but later they recanted. 'Look, we turn the keyand you’ll be here till we let you out again at eight in the morning,’ a security man told him. ‘It was a s***hole,’ Elba said. ‘I had a thin blanket for a mattress and that’s all there was between me and the concrete floor. They gave me a bowl. I had no water, nothing to drink at all. I was wearing my sweats and what not. I had two iPads to document myself and a cell phone.'

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