Desmond Elliot is a seasoned actor and politician who rose to prominence as a result of his roles in the Nigerian movie industry. Considered as one of the greatest Nigerian actors of all time, he is an international celebrity with over 200 hundred film appearances as well as an impressive number of soap operas and television series to his name.
The Nollywood hunk began his career in the movie industry after he was inspired by a friend. He landed his first acting role in a soap opera, after which he began to star in a handful of other soap operas like Saints and Sinners, One Too Much, Everyday People, among others. Following a successful stint on the small screen, Desmond began to act on the big screen, appearing in movies like Jesu Mushin, Atlanta, Yahoo Million, Men Who Cheat, and many others.
Desmond Elliot Biography
Desmond Elliot born Desmond Oluwashola Elliot is a Nigerian actor, director, and politician. He was born on 4 February 1974, in Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria. His father hails from Olowogbowo in Lagos Island and his mother is an indigene of Illah in Oshimili North, Delta State. He rose to fame as a result of the hundreds of movies he has acted in the Nollywood industry. Elliot has starred in over two hundred films and a number of television shows and soap operas.
Elliot was raised in Jos, a fast-growing city in the Middle Belt of Nigeria along with his four siblings whose names are Chinedu Elliot, Femi Elliot, Funmilola Elliot, and Shegun Elliot.
The actor attended Air Force Primary School and St John’s College, both in Jos. He studied at the Lagos State University, where he majored in Economics. Desmond graduated with a degree in Economics.
According to unverified sources, the film boy as he is fondly called by his colleagues was raised in a polygamous home, as his father married two wives who gave birth to eleven children. However, it is not known if Elliot’s mother is the first or second wife.
Apart from the information provided above, further details about the Lagos State Assembly honorable member’s early life, parents, siblings are yet to be uncovered.
In addition to acting, the actor also has a deep knowledge of film production. One of the projects he co-produced and co-directed title Reloaded stands out as one of the successful projects in Hollywood. The film which was released in 2008 earned him 3 nominations at the 2009 African Movie Academy Awards. Similarly, at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards held in 2009 and 2010, Desmond was nominated for the Best Actor category, making him one of Nigeria’s most acclaimed actors of all time.
As someone who is already in the spotlight, it didn’t take the respected actor much sweat to make it to the Nigerian political arena, where he contested and emerged the winner of the Surulere Constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly. The actor-turned-politician declared his intentions to run for the political office in September 2014 and eventually won the race on April 11, 2015, under the All Progressives Congress.
Prior to his political career, the Lagos-born screen lord took part in a competition to become the Face of Hope Projects ambassador. The actor also has an NGO called Desmond Elliot Foundation. The organization basically deals with disseminating information on hygiene, sanitation, and other health-related issues in the country.
The name of Desmond’s wife is Victoria Elliot. The couple tied the knot on December 25, 2003, in Akwa Ibom, after courting for eight years. Victoria and Desmond met for the first time as university students. As gathered, the veteran actor’s wife is a graduate of Mathematics from the University of Jos. After she graduated from the university, she worked briefly as a banker and later resigned to focus on the sales and distribution of Nollywood movies. Today, she stands out as one of the leading distributors in the Nigerian movie industry. Together with her husband, Victoria manages their video production company called Denziot Productions.
The hunk and his wife are parents to two sets of twins. The couple had their first twins shortly after their marriage. They are boys named Denzel Elliot and Desmond Elliot Jr. The second set arrived in 2010. Their names are Donald Elliot (boy) and Dawn Elliot (girl).
The actor’s other family members are not known to the public and this makes it difficult to tell who they are and what they are up to.
Desmond Elliot Net Worth
Desmond Elliot who spent most of his time as a Nollywood actor before forraying into politics reportedly has an estimated net worth of $5 million.