Sorry, ladies. British heartthrob Idris Elba is now officially off the market.
Last Friday, Elba dropped to one knee and popped the question to girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre during a screening for his upcoming movie Yardie. The film was directed by Elba and tells the story of Jamaican crime syndicates. The word “Yardie” is actually a derogatory term created by British expats to describe Jamaican gangs.
The screening had a full house of cast, crew, and friends at the Rio Cinema in Dalston, London. The theatre even confirmed the proposal via their Twitter early Saturday morning.
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
“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,” wrote Rio Cinema.
Not to keep anyone in suspense, Rio Cinema quickly followed up with "she said yes and there was much clapping and cheering."
And of course the whole thing was filmed, with the video reaching Instagram moments later.
You can see that Dhowre is initially floored by the proposal as the audience goes wild. After taking a moment to compose herself, she eventually nods her assent while Elba turns to the crowd in mock relief. The two embrace and share a brief kiss before turning to the screaming crowd.
With that many people in the audience it’s no surprise that the proposal got people tweeting, with one Twitter user writing, “#Yardie screening was amazing 👏🏾 to top it off @idriselba pops the big question infront of the cast and crew 🙌🏾”
Dionne Grant, social media editor at Buzzfeed UK, had this to say: “Idris Elba proposes to girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre during London screening of his new film #Yardie at the longstanding (and one of the last men standing in the area) Rio Cinema in Dalston. Congrats!🖤”
Elba and Dhowre initially met on the set of The Mountain Between Us in Canada last year. Since then, it’s been a whirlwind romance culminating in Friday night’s proposal.
This will be Elba’s third marriage.
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