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.
Hardy and his pet dog Woodstock will read 'You Must Bring a Hat' on CBeebies on New Year's Eve.
The BBC has delighted stressed-out mothers up and down the land with the announcement that Tom Hardy will be reading a bedtime story on CBeebies this New Year’s Eve.
The 39 year old English actor is perhaps best known for physically imposing roles such as the Kray twins in Legend, and the strongman Bane in The Dark Knight Rises.
However, Hardy is also a father of two young children, and will be showing his caring side when he reads ‘You Must Bring a Hat’ by Simon Philip and Kate Hindley on CBeebies on December 31st. The story, aimed at children aged two upwards, tells of a little boy who is going to a party.
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‘Leo knows everything’, will be permanently inked on Hardy.
The two actors had a bet over wether or not Hardy would receive an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in the drama, with DiCaprio coming out the winner.
Tom Hardy lost a bet to Leonardo DiCaprio over his Oscar prospects
The series comes to BBC One and FX in 2017.
Tom Hardy seems to be enjoying the small screen at the moment following his 'Peaky Blinders' stint, because now he stars in another TV show entitled 'Taboo'. It's a period drama which he co-created with his father Chips Hardy and it's coming to you next year.
Tom Hardy stars in new series 'Taboo'
'Taboo' marks Tom's first collaboration with his father (real name Edward Hardy) who is a novellist and comedy writer. It has been co-written by the Oscar nominated Steven Knight; the man behind 'Peaky Blinders' and Robert Zemeckis' new World War II drama 'Allied' starring Brad Pitt; plus, Ridley Scott serves as an executive producer. Meanwhile, direction for the 8-part series has been split evenly between Anders Engström ('Thicker Than Water') and Kristoffer Nyholm ('The Enfield Haunting').
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Seriously? These guys have never been named Sexiest Man Alive?
So Dwayne Johnson was named People's Sexiest Man Alive this year; a decision that has been the source of both praise and confusion. Praise because he's an excellent role model with enormous muscles and because he's mixed race, and confusion because all the obvious choices haven't been exhausted yet.
Here are ten more Hollywood heartthrobs who deserve to be named 'Sexiest Man Alive' sooner rather than later.
Leonardo Dicaprio at the 2016 Oscars
But neither are Tom Hardy Mark Rylance, James D'Arcy, Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy.
On Friday the first trailer for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming WWII epic Dunkirk dropped, showing us our first glimpses of the Dark Knight director’s first film since 2014’s Interstellar. But for some, Dunkirk is about something else entirely, because the film features the acting debut of One Direction’s Harry Styles.
Harry Styles filming Dunkirk
As usual when anything vaguely One Direction-y happens, their army of fans were out in force on social media and on Friday they weren’t happy. After being teased with photos of Harry and his new short hair filming scenes from the movie, the heartthrob was nowhere to be found in the just under a minute long trailer.
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That means more Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy on our screens.
BBC gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’ has been renewed for another two series, Deadline has confirmed. The drama, which is currently airing its third season in the UK, received a double order from BBC Two thanks to its massive success at home and aboard.
‘Peaky Blinders’ has been renewed by the BBC for another two series.
‘Peaky Blinders’ also airs in the US on Netflix, with season three set to begin airing on May 31st. There’s currently no word on wether Netflix will also pick up seasons four and five, but it’s unlikely that the streaming service would let this big hit go.
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'Dunkirk' is slated for a July 21st, 2017 release, and features an impressive and growing cast list.
Esteemed filmmaker Christopher Nolan has confirmed more additions to the cast list for his upcoming epic Dunkirk, adding ‘Peaky Blinders’ stars Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy as well as One Direction’s Harry Styles to the project.
Nolan has already begun filming the World War II action thriller in the village of Dunkirk in France, the site of the massive military evacuation that signalled the end of Britain’s initial attempt to repel Nazi Germany in France. Filming will also take place in Holland and Los Angeles.
The three actors join Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Fionn Whitehead. The ensemble cast also includes Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Jack Lowden and Barry Keoghan.
The late musician was a big fan of the BBC series, which stars Cillian Murphy.
David Bowie’s music will feature on the third series of BBC crime drama ‘Peaky Blinders’, which is set to air next month. The late musician was a big fan of the show, which stars Cillian Murphy, and had asked for his music to be featured before his death in January.
David Bowie’s music will feature in series three of ‘Peaky Blinders’.
Speaking to the Radio Times, show creator Steven Knight said that the musician had sent a picture of himself wearing a cap with razor blades to Cillian Murphy last year, as a homage to the series, .
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He teams up with Ridley Scott for this period series.
Tom Hardy returns to the small screen in the thrilling period drama 'Taboo' co-produced by Ridley Scott. He'll be playing another hard-man role in the eight-part series that is set to arrive on FX soon, and the first trailer has just been released.
Tom Hardy on the set of his new series 'Taboo'
He's currently up for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role after his appearance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant', but now he's coming back to entertain us on television with this FX and BBC One collaborative series. 'Taboo' has been inspired by an original idea from Hardy himself, as well as his father Chips Hardy who is also a consulting producer on the show. Co-produced by Ridley Scott and Steven Knight in Hardy and Knight's third union after 2013's 'Locke' and TV drama 'Peaky Blinders', the series has been directed by Kristoffer Nyholm of 'The Enfield Haunting' and 'The Killing'.
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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.
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Date of birth
15th September, 1977
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