Tom Hardy

  • 22 February 2005

Date of birth

15th September, 1977







Tom Hardy (born Edward Thomas Hardy, 15.9.1977)
Tom Hardy is a British actor, best known for his roles in Bronson and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Childhood & Early Career: Tom Hardy was born in Hammersmith, London, to Elizabeth and Edward Hardy. His mother is an artist and his father is a writer. Tom attended Reed's School and Tower House School, before studying drama at Richmond Drama School and then the Drama Centre, London.

Hardy's career started out with him appearing in war dramas such as the HBO and BBC miniseries Band of Brothers. The series, produced by Steven Spielberg, starred Tom Hanks, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.

He then made his feature film debut in Ridley Scott's thriller Black Hawk Down, starring Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana and Ewan McGregor.

Acting Career: Tom Hardy landed a role in the 2002 independent film Dot the I, alongside Gael Garcia Bernal. Following that, he travelled to North Africa to film Simon: An English Legionnaire. International recognition followed, when he played the role of Shinzon (a clone of Patrick Stewart's Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek Nemesis.

After returning to London and appearing in the 2003 thriller LD 50 Lethal Dose, Tom Hardy was awarded the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer, largely for his stage performances in Blood and In Arabia We'd All Be Kings.

In 2005, Tom Hardy appeared in the 2005 miniseries The Virgin Queen for the BBC, playing the role of Robert Dudley. He then went on to appear in the BBC Four adaptation of the 1960s sci-fi series A For Andromeda.

2008 saw the actor appearing in Guy Ritchie's UK gangster film RocknRolla, alongside Gerard Butler, Idris Elba and Thandie Newton. The following year, he took the lead role in Bronson, a film about Charles Bronson, a real-life prisoner who has spent much of his adult life in solitary confinement. Hardy had to gain three stone in weight for his performance, which gained him many positive reviews.

Later that year, Hardy returned to TV work, starring in a Sky One adaptation of The Take, a Martina Cole drama, again playing the role of a gangster. He also appeared in a TV serial adaptation of Wuthering Heights, playing the role of Heathcliff alongside Charlotte Riley's Cathy.

Hardy then travelled to USA to star in the Philip Seymour Hoffman-directed The Long Red Road in Chicago.

2010 was a pivotal year for Tom Hardy. It was a year in which he won a BAFTA Rising Star award, for his role in Christopher Nolan's Inception. His appearance in the film saw him sharing screen time with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Ellen Page.

Later that year, he announced - during an appearance on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross - that he would be playing the title role in a new version of Mad Max. Tom Hardy then replaced Michael Fassbender in the 2011 adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which also starred Gary Oldman and Colin Firth. This was followed by landing a role in John Hillcoat's The Wettest Country in the World, in which he plays a bootlegger. The film was written by Nick Cave and also stars Shia LeBeouf and Jessica Chastain.

Hardy was then cast as one of the protagonists in Warrior, with Nick Nolte playing his father and also featuring Joel Edgerton.

The role that has perhaps attracted the most global attention for Tom Hardy, though, is his role as Bane, the villain in the 2012 Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. It's the final film in Christopher Nolan's trilogy and stars Christian Bale as Batman, as well as Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway.

He is due to play Elton John in the upcoming film Rocketman, set for 2015.

Personal Life: Tom Hardy married Sarah Ward in 1999. The pair then divorced in 2004. Hardy has a son with former girlfriend Rachael Speed. After a year of dating, he then proposed to his Wuthering Heights co-star Charlotte Riley.

During his twenties, Hardy is known to have struggled with an alcohol and crack cocaine addiction. He has been clean and sober since 2003.

Tough Man Tom Hardy Gets Recognised For Services To Drama

By Charlotte Court in Movies / TV / Theatre on 16 November 2018

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The actor was given a CBE by Prince Charles

Movie tough man Tom Hardy was overcome with emotion when he received a CBE for his services to drama at Buckingham Palace from Prince Charles. The actor is known for hardman roles but proved quite the softie as he beamed from ear-to-ear with his accolade.

Image caption Tom Hardy recieved a CBE at Buckingham Palace 

Hardy, 41, became an ambassador for The Prince's Trust in 2010 and is rumoured to be good friends with the Prince of Wales’ son Harry, once calling him a ‘legend’.

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Ruben Fleischer, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Tom Hardy and Reid Scott at the world premiere of 'Venom' held at Regency Village Theater in Westwood. The new Marvel flick has been directed by Ruben Fleischer and stars Tom Hardy in the titular role - Westwood, California, United States - Monday 1st October 2018

Music News Round-Up: New Smashing Pumpkins, Jack White Film, Tom Hardy Rap Album

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 16 September 2018

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All the latest music news rounded up, including new Smashing Pumpkins music, Massive Attack re-issues and a possible Tom Hardy rap album!


After announcing the reunion of (most of) the band’s classic Nineties line-up earlier this year, Smashing Pumpkins will be releasing a new studio album by the end of 2018.

Billy Corgan, who rounded up Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha (but not D’Arcy Wretzky) for a wide-ranging Pumpkins reunion tour earlier this year, revealed that an album is on its way. Given a typically Corgan-esque turn of phrase for its title, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. will be released on November 16th.

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Tom Hardy Planning Possible Rap Album

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 14 September 2018

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Hardy is apparently crafting a set of hip-hop and grime tracks with the help of former Bowie producer Sam Williams.

Following up on one of the best headlines of 2018 regarding Tom Hardy’s retro rap album, there’s now news that the star is writing a brand new hip-hop record with the help of professional producer Sam Williams.

Yes, this really is happening apparently, with The Sun reporting on Friday (September 14th) that the 40 year old Legend and Dunkirk star is penning a collection of rap and grime tunes for a putative new album, enlisting the help of Sam Williams, a producer who has previously worked with David Bowie.

A source told the tabloid: “Tom has always had a huge passion for rapping ever since he was a young boy. In the past he's put song- writing on the backburner but just recently decided to pick things up again after building a friendship with producer Sam Williams.”

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Jamie Oliver And 8 Other Celebrities Who Risked Their Lives In The Name Of Heroism

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 10 September 2018

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These screen heroes became real life heroes when they put their lives on the line.

It's impressive enough when ordinary civilians put themselves on the front line in a dangerous situation to rescue their friends, familiy and even people they don't know. But when celebrities do it, it completely changes the way people view them. And heroism among the elite is not as uncommon as you might think.

Image caption Tom Hardy at the Prince's Trust Awards

To the distress of millions of fans, the 'Taboo' star could be set to call time on his acting career as he confesses that he's tired of his job and would prefer to turn his focus on to something else.

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The 7 Best Reactions To Tom Hardy In The New 'Venom' Trailer

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 31 July 2018

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Tom Hardy's version of Eddie Brock, aka Venom, looks to be out of this world.

Tom Hardy makes his return to the big screen a little later this year in 'Venom', playing investigative journalist Eddie Brock; a man who comes in contact with an alien symbiote and becomes one of the most destructive forces the world has ever seen.

This week, a brilliant new trailer dropped for the movie, showcasing some of the action we should expect when the film makes its debut. Serving as the foundation for Sony's own Marvel Universe, Sony Pictures will be hoping for huge success so that their planned future instalments can 100% go ahead.

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'Venom' Director Says Film Is Similar To A Werewolf Movie

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 14 July 2018

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'Venom' looks set to be unlike any other comic book movie we've seen to-date.

There's plenty to get excited for this year when it comes to blockbuster movies making their way to the big screen, but one of the films that is really being hyped up for comic book fans is the Tom Hardy-led 'Venom', from Sony. Not a part of the official Marvel Cinematic Universe, but rumoured to be featuring a cameo from the MCU's Spider-Man, it's going to be interesting to see just how Sony build up their own universe of Marvel characters.

Image caption Tom Hardy is tackling the role of Eddie Brock in 'Venom'

'Venom' will serve as the foundation for that universe, which means there's a lot riding on the shoulders of Hardy and the flick's director, Ruben Fleischer. Fans will find out more about the movie next week at San Diego Comic-Con, and then we're sure it'll be all guns blazing when it comes to promotion right up until release in October.

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Tom Hardy at the wedding of Prince Harry and former actress Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle. The couple have now been named the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - Windsor, United Kingdom - Saturday 19th May 2018

Tom Hardy Trades In His Good Looks To Play Al Capone

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 13 April 2018

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The actor's transformation for 'Fonzo' is truly remarkable.

Tom Hardy has always refused to be typecast by picking increasingly unusual roles, but he does seem to favour the criminal/gangster type. Still, he's unrecognisable in his new role as Al Capone, unveiling a make-up job that puts him some distance from that British heartthrob label.

Image caption Tom Hardy at the Princes Trust awards

With a face full of prosthetics, a bald cap and greasy greying hair, Tom Hardy is... Well, far from the double of the legendary Chicago gangster but he's certainly not far off. He's been having plenty of production fun for 'Fonzo' though with 'make-up legends' Audrey Doyle and Jay Wejebe.

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Stefano Sollima Wants Tom Hardy And Chris Pine If He Directs 'Call Of Duty' Movie

By Daniel Falconer in Movies / TV / Theatre on 19 February 2018

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Stefano Sollima has some major love for the two leading stars.

Stefano Sollima isn't afraid to aim high when it comes to casting for any potential 'Call Of Duty' movie he gets to work his magic on. Based on the video game series of the same name, the film is currently just rumoured to be going to Sollima when Activision Blizzard set their plans into motion, but that hasn't stopped the filmmaker from discussing the future if he does indeed get to jump on board.

Could Tom Hardy lead a 'Call of Duty' movie?

Though he didn't reference 'Call Of Duty' directly, the fact that both Tom Hardy and Chris Pine have played roles as soldiers or captains in the past, with 'Band of Brothers' and 'Wonder Woman' respectively, probably means that he has them in mind if he gets to bring the video game to the big screen.

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Tom Hardy at the world premiere of Alien: Covenant - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 4th May 2017

Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy filming on the Beach near Southport. 'Peaky Blinders' has started filming the new upcoming series in and around Liverpool - Friday 24th March 2017

Tom Hardy at the premiere of FX's 'Taboo' held at the Directors Guild of America Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 9th January 2017