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.
Leonardo DiCaprio gets named Best Actor for 'The Revenant'.
'Mad Max: Fury Road' was a clear favourite at last night's Critics' Choice Awards (January 17th 2016), taking home no less than nine awards - though missed out on Best Picture. The results come ahead of the yet to be handed out Academy Awards, for which 'The Revenant' is a clear frontrunner.
Charlize Theron wins Best Actress for Mad Max
Both Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron received well-deserved Best Actor/Actress In An Action Movie accolades for 'Mad Max: Fury Road', with director George Miller also being recognised as Best Director. And while it served as this year's Best Action Movie, it missed out on the coveted Best Picture award which went to 'Spotlight'. Further prizes for 'Mad Max' were given for the following categories: Production Design, Editing, Costume Design, Hair & Makeup and Visual Effects.
Continue reading: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Storms 2016 Critics' Choice Awards With Nine Wins
With the announcement of the nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, also known as the Baftas, the awards season enters its more serious phase.
This is the point where the industry weighs in on the conversation that has been limited mainly to critics so far. Unsurprisingly, Carol and The Revenant feature heavily in the BAFTA race. But unlike the awards season to date, genre films like Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian were virtually locked out of the major categories. (The Martian managed nods for actor Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott.)
Also unexpected for Bafta was the absence of local favourites like Tom Hardy, Charlotte Rampling and Carey Mulligan, and not even one craft nomination for Spectre. Bafta voters also failed to nominate two other current favourites: Creed and Joy.
Continue reading: Awards Season Shifts Up A Gear With BAFTA Nominations
A wrenching saga of survival and revenge, Alejandro G. Inarritu's new epic is just as technically astounding as his Oscar-winning previous film Birdman. But it's a much muddier and bloodier, set in a a snowy, mountainous Wild West in which everything is a potentially fatal hazard. There may be some human villains on hand, but it's Mother Nature who holds the cards.
At the edge of civilisation in the 1820s, a group of fur trappers led by Henry (Domhnall Gleeson) is ambushed by a ferocious mob of Native Americans led by Chief Elk Dog (Duane Howard), who is looking for his kidnapped daughter. As the trappers flee from the attack, they are assisted by the guide Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), who knows these mountains because he has gone native, adopting an orphaned teen boy named Hawk (Forrest Goodluck), who now accompanies him. But as the survivors make their escape, Glass is badly mauled by a grizzly bear. Henry assigns the compassionate Bridger (Will Poulter) and the more cynical Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) to take care of him. But Fitzgerald snaps, leaving Glass for dead. Against the odds, Glass recovers and sets out to get vengeance.
The title refers to someone who comes back from the grave, which is literally what happens to Glass. And DiCaprio plays him with fire-eyed intensity that vividly shows his tenacious will to survive. Moody flashbacks reveal his back-story, and why living means so much to him. It's one of DiCaprio's most viscerally moving performances. Opposite him, Hardy is a bundle of unpredictable, terrifying rage, thankfully balanced by the expressively sympathetic Poulter and Gleeson's alert commander, the only person who takes the time to measure his thoughts. They're surrounded by a terrific supporting cast of sparky actors who appear briefly but memorably.
Continue reading: The Revenant Review
The action flick starring Tom Hardy has picked up 13 nominations.
Mad Max Fury Road leads this year’s Critics' Choice Awards nominations, picking up a massive 13 nods. It follows an already long list of nominations the action film has so far received, including from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Max Mad Fury Road has been nominated for 13 Critics Choice Awards.
In the Critics Choice Awards Mad Max has been nominated for Best Picture while Charlize Theron has picked up a nod for Best Actress and Best Actress in an Action Movie and Tom Hardy is also in the running for Best Actor in an Action Movie.
Continue reading: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Leads Critics Choice Awards Nominations
With the announcement of several critics groups awards this week, as well as the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominations, the awards season is finally beginning to take shape, although the emerging frontrunner is a bit of a surprise.
There are prestige movies featuring strongly across the board, including Spotlight, Carol, The Big Short, The Revenant and Bridge of Spies. But the surprise leader of the pack is the summer action blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road.
Tom Hardy plays Max Rockatansky
Coming into the season, George Miller's long-awaited reboot had already won two Australian Film Institute awards from 11 nominations. And this week it was also named Film of the Year by both the National Board of Review and Boston Online Film Critics. In the Golden Globes, it received top nominations for Best Director and Best Film - Drama.
Continue reading: Mad Max Is The Surprise Awards Front-Runner
This sci-fi drama won Best British Independent Film among others.
While the world is waiting with bated breath for the nominations for the Oscars and Golden Globes, the UK is celebrating their independent success as Alex Garland's sci-fi drama 'Ex Machina' takes home four awards at the Moët British Independent Film Awards.
Ex Machina wins big at the BIFAs
It's the innovative independent films that really shape the international film industry, and it's important that they're recognised for their efforts. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, 'Ex Machina' proved to be a huge hit and took home awards for Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Outstanding Achievement in Craft which went to visual effects artist Andrew Whitehurst. As part of a BIFA screening event, the film will be shown at selected cinemas on December 13th 2015.
DiCaprio stars as frontiersman Hugh Glass in the Western directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu.
Leonardo Dicaprio has revealed he slept in animal carcasses and ate raw bison on the set of new movie The Revenant. In the Western, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, DiCaprio plays frontiersman Hugh Glass, who sets out on a revenge mission against his hunting team after they leave him for dead and murder his young son, following a bear mauling.
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant.
Speaking to Yahoo Movies, DiCaprio said, "I can name 30 or 40 sequences that were some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. Whether it’s going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping in animal carcasses, or what I ate on set. (I was) enduring freezing cold and possible hypothermia constantly.”
Recent reports had suggested that Craig has reversed his position on playing 007, signing up for two more films.
With the release of the highly-anticipated Spectre now imminent, Daniel Craig seems to have changed his tune about the prospects of continuing to be James Bond after recently landing himself in hot water after saying rather “slash his wrists” than play 007 again.
That is to say, he now says he “doesn’t really care” about who will take over as the British spy when he eventually finishes. In the last fortnight, rumours have maintained that Craig has reversed his position and signed up for two more Bond films.
However, when interviewed by The Sun, the 47 year old actor refused to be drawn on what decision he had made. “I have the right to change my mind any time I want to, and sometimes I say things like I did two days after finishing shooting for eight months. I said what was on my mind. That’s the way I’ve always spoken,” he said matter-of-factly.
Continue reading: Daniel Craig Refuses To Be Drawn On James Bond Future
They welcome their new arrival only weeks after they announced the pregnancy.
A big congratulations to Tom Hardy and his wife Charlotte Riley, who have just welcomed their first child as a couple. The pair have only been married for just over a year and we've only known about the pregnancy for a few weeks, so it's a happy surprise for fans.
Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley show off the bump at Legend premiere
While the birth marks the British actors' first time becoming parents together, it sees Hardy become a father for the second time around, after his 7-year-old son Louis with whom he had with former girlfriend Rachel Speed.
Continue reading: Tom Hardy's Wife Charlotte Riley Has Given Birth To Their First Child
Giannini played Antonio Caponigro aka Tony Bananas in the biopic of the Kray twins.
Stage and screen actor Alex Giannini has died aged 52, his agent has announced. Giannini was last seen opposite Tom Hardy in Legend, the biopic of London gangsters the Krays, which was released in the UK last month.
Continue reading: Tom Hardy's 'Legend' Co-Star Alex Giannini Dies Aged 52
Date of birth
15th September, 1977