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.
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.
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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.
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Charlotte Riley , Tom Hardy - Charlotte Riley and Tom Hardy attend the screening of "Locke" at the BFI London Film Festival, Odeon Leicester Square at Leicester Square, Odeon Leicester Square - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 15th October 2013
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.
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The ‘Homeland’ star is emerging as the favourite to take over from Daniel Craig.
‘Homeland’ actor Damian Lewis looks set to be the one to take over the role of James Bond when Daniel Craig steps down as 007. According to the Sunday Mirror, Lewis has been given ‘an unofficial nod’ that he is producer's first choice, if Craig decides Spectre will be his last Bond outing.
Damian Lewis could be your new James Bond.
“If Daniel Craig leaves, it’s Damian Lewis who will be crowned the new Bond,” a ‘well placed source’ told the newspaper. “He is seen as an all-round international star who is perfect for the role. As he ages, he looks increasingly suave and sophisticated.”
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Brosnan, who played Bond between 1994 and 2005, believes that Idris Elba probably won't be the next 007 actor and that makers will opt for a white male.
Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan reckons that the next star to play 007 will be a white male. For months now, the rumour has been that ‘Luther’ actor Idris Elba would be the next actor cast as the suave British spy, but Brosnan doesn’t believe that the producers will be making that move yet.
“Anything is possible for sure, but I think he'll be male and he'll be white,” he told The Press Association in an interview on Wednesday (September 23rd). However, the 62 year old Irish star did add that “there's wonderful black actors out there who could be James Bond, and there's no reason why you cannot have a black James Bond.”
Pierce Brosnan reckons the next Bond actor will be a white male
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The legendary actress has not appeared on the big screen since 1968.
Doris Day had denied reports that she is set to come out of retirement and make a return to the big screen in Clint Eastwood’s new movie. The 91 year old Hollywood legend has not appeared in a film since 1968 and now devotes her time to charity, the Doris Day Animal Foundation.
Doris Day and Rod Taylor in The Birds (1963).
The rumours of Day’s return to the screen started when German tabloid, Blid reported that the former actress had been approached by Eastwood for a role in his new film. Eastwood was said to have given Day a script, as the pair are neighbours in Carmel Valley, California.
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The actor had been asked about his sexuality during a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival last week.
Earlier this week Legend actor Tom Hardy hit the headlines when he cut off a reporter asking about his sexuality during a Toronto International Film Festival press conference. The reporter, from LGBT news outlet Daily Xtra, had tried to ask Hardy about his sexuality, but was quickly shot down by the actor in a clip which soon went viral.
Tom Hardy plays both Kray twins in Legend.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Hardy has now explained why he was annoyed at the reporter's questions, calling the exchange ‘humiliating’. "That really, really annoyed me. It was just the inelegance of being asked in a room full of people,” Hardy said.
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It was one of the actor's most challenging roles yet - and that's saying something.
It's a filmmaking technique notoriously difficult to pull off, but Tom Hardy has nothing but fond recollections from facing the gruelling process of playing both the Kray twins in Brian Helgeland's explorative crime biopic 'Legend', even though he hadn't planned on landing both leads at the start.
Tom Hardy stars as Ronnie Kray and Reggie Kray in 'Legend'
Hardy admits that he only had eyes for the openly bisexual Ronnie Kray when he first read the script, confessing that he felt there was a lot more 'freedom' to playing that role. 'In hindsight, I had to be a bit more careful with Ron because there was a way of lambasting or being cartoonish to an extent where you miss the point of the clown effort', he says. 'It's not to joke about things but to create a certain level of humour whereby people laugh along and then don't realise that what they're laughing at is not something that's funny at all, it's incredibly serious.'
'Legend' star Tom Hardy opens up about the challenges and benefits of playing both of the Kray twins in his new crime biopic 'Legend', directed by Brian Helgeland. He admits that he was initially only interest in playing Ronnie Kray, while Brian wanted him to play Reggie, and so that's where the compromise arose.
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He was asked a slightly awkward question by a reporter at the Toronto International Film Festival during a press conference about his new film 'Legend'.
Legend actor Tom Hardy delivered an amusing put-down to a reporter who asked him a question about his sexuality during a press conference at Toronto International Film Festival.
The 37 year old English actor was fielding questions about his new movie, in which he plays the roles of both Ronnie and Reggie Kray, the East London gangsters who frequently made headlines in the ‘60s, when a reporter from LGBT site Daily Xtra asked him the following question.
“In the film, your character Ronnie is very open about his sexuality, but given interviews you’ve done in the past, your own sexuality seems a bit more ambiguous. Do you find it hard for celebrities to talk to media about their sexuality?”
The actor credits his stunt double with a lot of the work on 'Legend'.
The Kray twins are part of London lore, iconic gangsters who ran the city in the swinging 1960s. They've been portrayed on-screen before (by the Kemp brothers in the 1990 drama The Krays), and Oscar-winning writer turned director Brian Helgeland opted to cast Tom Hardy in both roles for his new film Legend.
Tom Hardy is double trouble in crime drama 'Legend'
Word has it that Helgeland wanted Hardy to play Reggie in the film, but when he read the script Hardy was drawn to the more colourful Ronnie. "There was a moment when I could have come away just playing Reggie," Hardy says of his first meeting with Helgeland. "We could have gone and found a superlative character actor to play Ronnie, and that would have been the best of everything. But I was like, 'Well, I feel Ronnie!' So which actor am I gonna give up Ronnie to if I play Reggie? I can't have that. Because that's all the fun there, and Reggie's so straight." By the end of their meeting, Helgeland said, "I'll give you Ron if you give me Reg."
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Date of birth
15th September, 1977