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.
The actor is used to transforming his body for a character.
Tom Hardy says he has paid the price for transforming his body for film roles.
The actor, who bulked up for Bronson back in 2009 and again to play Bane in The Dark Knight Rises in 2012, says he fears he’s damaged his body too much by gaining weight for roles.
Tom Hardy has undergone many physical transformations in his career
Continue reading: Tom Hardy Says He's Damaged His Body For Film Roles
The 39 year old 'Taboo' actor none-too-subtly implied that he was running to be the next 007.
Tom Hardy made the critical mistake of expressing his interest in being the next James Bond actor by refusing to respond to a question about it.
Speaking to The Daily Beast, the 39 year old actor got himself into a line of questioning about the presumably vacant 007 spot when he responded to the interviewer’s suggestion that Inception director Christopher Nolan would be a good replacement as director for the Bond franchise.
“Oh, wow, Chris would be amazing!” said Hardy. “Wow, that would be cool. That would be so cool.”
Continue reading: Tom Hardy Stokes James Bond Rumours
Tom Hardy appeared alongside his 'Taboo' castmates and creators at the series premiere this week.
The screening for FX show 'Taboo' took place at the Directors Guild of America Theater yesterday (January 9th 2017); two days after the series premiered on BBC One with episode one on January 7th. Tom Hardy appeared alongside his castmates and co-creators at the US premiere.
Tom Hardy stars in 'Taboo'
Tom confessed on the red carpet, as he stood in his fancy three-piece suit and a groomed beard, that he had hoped that more naked scenes got into the final cut and that he had to be persuaded to wear the loincloth. He also appeared to negate rumours that he was to make a cameo in 'Star Wars: Episode VIII'.
Continue reading: Tom Hardy Smoulders On The Red Carpet At 'Taboo' Series Premiere
The ‘Taboo’ actor is rumoured to be playing a Stormtrooper in the next ‘Star Wars’ installment.
Tom Hardy has addressed rumours that he’ll be making an appearance in Star Wars Episode VIII, which hits cinemas this December.
The rumour that Hardy would appear in the next film began early last year, with the internet speculating he would be making a Daniel Craig-style cameo as a First Order stormtrooper.
Does Tom Hardy have a cameo in Star Wars Episode VII?
Continue reading: Tom Hardy Responds To 'Star Wars Episode VIII' Rumours
Rich Cline talks us through some of the most anticipated movies for release in 2017.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but hopefully they'll be better than 2016's lacklustre batch. (Release dates are subject to change.)
Star Wars: Episode Viii - Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill continue the saga (Dec). More sci-fi sequels worth waiting for: the gang reteams for more space antics in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (May), Michael Fassbender returns for Alien: Covenant (May), and Harrison Ford is back for Blade Runner 2049 (Oct).
Continue reading: The Ten Most Anticipated Films Of 2017
It's 1940 and World War II is in full swing. Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada and France at stationed at Dunkirk ready to pull France from the grip of the Germans. However, they soon discover that they are completely surrounded by enemy forces who have them so trapped that they no longer have use for tanks. Confined in the open space of the Dunkirk beaches with nowhere left to hide and definitely nowhere to run, the soldiers face almost certain death as the air strikes begin. Their only hope is to sail across the English Channel to safety, but with enemy planes showing no mercy their survival will be miraculous. But these are allied forces aren't about to surrender, no matter what happens. Their courage and determination is about to save more than 300,000 men.
Continue: Dunkirk Trailer
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').
Continue reading: Tom Hardy Teams Up With His Father On Gritty Period Drama 'Taboo'
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
Date of birth
15th September, 1977
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