Valentine’s Day might be a few days away but love is already in the air for Idris Elba after he proposed to his girlfriend.
The 45-year-old East London born actor popped the question to Girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre during a special screening of his new film Yardie, which also happens to be his directorial debut.
Elba surprised Dhowre and those in attendance at the iconic Rio Cinema in Dalston, as the 42-year-old thespian was hosting the screening.
Another @riocinema first! Still 5 days to Valentines Day but @idriselba went down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend live on stage this morning before a preview of his film #Yardie pic.twitter.com/XRtca1xcv0
— Rio Cinema (@riocinema) February 10, 2018
The news was broken by the Rio Cinema’s official Twitter account who shared a picture of Elba, writing:
Another @riocinema first! Still 5 days to Valentines Day but @idriselba went down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend live on stage this morning before a preview of his film #Yardie.
People were anxious to find out whether Dhowre said ‘yes’, Rio Cinema confirmed on Twitter that she did, in fact, say ‘yes’ and ‘there was much clapping and cheering’.
Let’s be honest who would say ‘no’ to one of the coolest men walking on Earth?
Despite the significant age gap, the internationally acclaimed actor and 29-year-old Dhowre have been dating for last year after they met on the set of The Mountain Between Us in Canada.
According to The Metro Elba caught her while filming with co-star Kate Winslet.
Speaking about his relationship on The Jess Cagle Interview, Elba said:
Falling in love while making a movie about falling in love is pretty special.
Sabrina Dhowre is a former beauty queen turned model, she won Miss Vancouver back in 2014 and is of Somalian heritage.
The two made their relationship public at the premiere for Molly’s Game (starring Jessica Chastain) at the Toronto International Film Festival but according to a source close to the couple, who spoke to The Sun, the two had been dating secretly six months prior.
The unnamed source said:
It’s believed Idris and Sabrina have been dating for around seven months. They’re having a great time getting to know each other and Idris feels strongly enough about Sabrina for them to be talked about in public.
Having her on his arm on a red carpet shows how serious he is about her as he doesn’t do these things lightly.
He usually likes to keep that side of his life private but he’s proud to show Sabrina off on his arm. It’s been a different story for Sabrina, who has uploaded several pictures of Idris to her Snapchat account.
Idris Elba has been married twice in the past, first to Hanne ‘Kim’ Norgaard from 1999 until 2003, and then to Sonya Nicole Hanklin in 2006
He has a 15-year-old daughter named Isan with first wife Kim as well as a three-year-old son, Winston, with ex-girlfriend Naiyana Garth.