Tom Hardy

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Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy Locke Premiere.jpg
Hardy at the Birmingham premiere of Locke in April 2014
BornEdward Thomas Hardy
(1977-09-15) 15 September 1977 (age 37)
Hammersmith, London, England
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Sarah Ward
Charlotte Riley
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Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy Locke Premiere.jpg
Hardy at the Birmingham premiere of Locke in April 2014
BornEdward Thomas Hardy
(1977-09-15) 15 September 1977 (age 37)
Hammersmith, London, England
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Sarah Ward
Charlotte Riley

Edward Thomas "Tom" Hardy[1] (born 15 September 1977)[2] is an English actor. His most notable film roles include Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), RocknRolla (2008), Bronson (2008), Inception (2010), Warrior (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), This Means War (2012), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Lawless (2012) and Locke (2013).

Hardy's television roles include the BBC miniseries The Virgin Queen, ITV's Wuthering Heights (in which he played Heathcliff), Stuart: A Life Backwards, and Martina Cole's The Take. He will star as Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth installment of the Mad Max franchise, scheduled for release in 2015.

Early years

Hardy was born in Hammersmith, London,[3] the only child of Anne (née Barrett) and Edward "Chips" Hardy.[4] He was brought up in East Sheen.[5] His mother is an artist and painter and his father is a writer of comedy and novels.[6][7] Hardy studied at Reed's School and Tower House School, then at Richmond Drama School, and subsequently at the Drama Centre London. He has named Gary Oldman as his "absolute complete and utter hero"[8] and "the greatest actor that's ever lived".[9]



Hardy at the London premiere of Inception in 2010

In 1998, Hardy won The Big Breakfast '​s Find Me a Supermodel competition at age 21 (and with it a brief contract with Models One). Hardy joined Drama Centre London in September 1998, and was taken out early after winning the part of US Army Private John Janovec in the award-winning HBO-BBC miniseries Band of Brothers. He made his feature film debut in Ridley Scott's 2001 war thriller Black Hawk Down. In 2003, Hardy appeared in the film dot the i, and then travelled to North Africa for Simon: An English Legionnaire, a story of the French Foreign Legion. In the same year, he gained some heavy international exposure as the Reman Praetor Shinzon, a clone of USS Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek Nemesis. He then returned to England to feature in the 2003 film LD 50 Lethal Dose.

Hardy was awarded the 2003 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his performances in Blood and In Arabia We'd All Be Kings performed at the Royal Court Theatre and Hampstead Theatre. He was also nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer of 2003 in a Society of London Theatre Affiliate for his performance as Skank in the aforementioned production of In Arabia We'd All Be Kings. Hardy appeared in the 2005 BBC miniseries The Virgin Queen as Robert Dudley, a childhood friend of Elizabeth I. The miniseries portrays them as having a platonic, though highly romantic, affair throughout her reign over England during the 16th century. Hardy featured in the BBC Four adaptation of the 1960s sci-fi series A for Andromeda.

In 2007, he appeared in the BBC Two drama based on a true story, Stuart: A Life Backwards. He played the lead role of Stuart Shorter, a homeless man who had been subjected to years of abuse and whose death was possibly suicide. In February 2008, he played a drug-addicted rapist in the British horror-thriller WΔZ. In September 2008, he appeared in Guy Ritchie's London gangster film, RocknRolla. He played the role of gay gangster Handsome Bob. Though a sequel to RocknRolla titled the "The Real RocknRolla" has been rumoured to be in production, in which Hardy will reprise the role of Handsome Bob, filming has yet to commence on the project. In early 2009, Hardy starred in the film Bronson, about the real-life English prisoner Charles Bronson, who has spent most of his adult life in solitary confinement. For the film, he put on three stone (19 kg/42 pounds).[10]

In June 2009, Hardy starred in the Martina Cole written four-part TV drama The Take on Sky One as a drugs and alcohol fuelled gangster. The role gained him a Best Actor nomination at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards.[11] In August 2009, he appeared in ITV's Wuthering Heights, playing the part of Heathcliff, the classic love character who falls in love with his childhood friend Cathy.


Hardy at the London Premiere of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. September 2011.

In early 2010, Hardy starred in The Long Red Road at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.[12] The play was written by Brett C. Leonard and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hardy won some good reviews for his portrayal of Sam, an alcoholic trying to drink away his past.[13][14] In 2010, he starred as Eames in Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller Inception for which he won a BAFTA Rising Star award. In June 2010, Hardy announced on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross that he will play the title role in a new version of Mad Max.[15] Hardy replaced Michael Fassbender in the 2011 adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,[16] released on 5 September 2011 at the 68th edition of the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica in Venice.

Hardy starred as Tommy Riordan in the film Warrior, who is trained by his father to fight in a mixed martial arts tournament against his brother, for which he gained critical acclaim. It was released on 9 September 2011 by Lionsgate Films. Hardy also starred in This Means War, a 2012 romantic comedy film directed by McG. He played the villain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, the final film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, released on 20 July 2012.[17] He played a bootlegger in John Hillcoat's Lawless (2012).[18] He stated in January 2012 that he had been watching gangster films in preparation for his role as Al Capone in David Yates' Cicero trilogy, which is expected to begin filming in 2013.[19] In March 2010, Hardy signed a first look deal at Warner Bros.[20] Hardy has signed up to play the lead role of Sam Fisher in Ubisoft's upcoming film adaptation of their video game series Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell.[21][22] He has also appeared in Riz Mc's music video for the song "Sour Times". He is also scheduled to portray Elton John in a biopic, Rocketman, that will start shooting in late 2014.[23]

Personal life

Hardy married Sarah Ward in 1999, but the marriage ended in divorce in 2004. He has a son, Louis Thomas (born 2008),[24] with ex-girlfriend Rachael Speed.[25] In 2008, he began a relationship with actress Charlotte Riley, whom he met on the set of The Take and Wuthering Heights. The couple became engaged in 2010 and married in July 2014.[26][27]

In 2008, when asked by Attitude magazine if he had had sexual relations with men, Hardy stated, "As a boy? Of course I have. I'm an actor for fuck's sake. I'm an artist. I've played with everything and everyone. But I'm not into men sexually. I love the form and the physicality but the gay sex bit does nothing for me. To me it just doesn't compute now I'm into my 30s and it doesn't do it for me and I'm done experimenting."[28][29]

Hardy battled addictions to alcohol and crack cocaine in his early-to-mid-20s. He entered rehab and has been sober since 2003.[30]



2001Black Hawk DownSpc. Lance TwomblyCredited as Thomas Hardy
2002Star Trek: NemesisShinzon
2003Reckoning, TheThe ReckoningStraw
2003dot the iTom
2003LD 50 Lethal DoseMatt
2004Layer CakeClarkie
2005Gideon's DaughterAndrewTelevision film
2005Batter UpShort film
2006A for AndromedaJohn Fleming
2006Marie AntoinetteRaumont
2006Scenes of a Sexual NatureNoel
2006Sweeney ToddMatthewTelevision film
2007WΔZPierre Jackson
2007Stuart: A Life BackwardsStuart Shorter
2007Inheritance, TheThe InheritanceDadShort film
2008Sucker PunchRodders
2008RocknRollaHandsome Bob
2008BronsonCharles Bronson / Michael Peterson
2009Thick as ThievesDet. Michaels
2011Sergeant Slaughter, My Big BrotherDanShort film
2011Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyRicki Tarr
2011WarriorTommy Riordan / Conlon
2012This Means WarTuck Hansen
2012Dark Knight Rises, TheThe Dark Knight RisesBane
2012LawlessForrest Bondurant
2013LockeIvan Locke
2014The DropBob Saginowski
2015Child 44Leo DemidovPost-production
2015Mad Max: Fury RoadMax RockatanskyPost-production
2015LegendRonald Kray / Reginald KrayPost-production
2015The RevenantJohn FitzgeraldFilming


2001Band of BrothersPfc. John Janovec2 episodes
2005Colditz2nd Lt. Jack Rose2 episodes
2005Virgin Queen, TheThe Virgin QueenRobert Dudley, Earl of Leicester4 episodes
2007Cape WrathJack Donnelly5 episodes
2007Oliver TwistBill Sikes5 episodes
2008Wuthering HeightsHeathcliff2 episodes
2009Take, TheThe TakeFreddie4 episodes
2013Aquabats! Super Show!, TheThe Aquabats! Super Show!Silver Skull (voice)Episode: "Anti-bats"
2014Peaky BlindersAlfie Solomons5 episodes


2003In Arabia We'd All Be KingsSkankHampstead Theatre[31]
2003BloodLucaRoyal Court Theatre[32]
2007The Man of ModeDorimantNational Theatre[33]
2010The Long Red RoadSammyGoodman Theatre

Awards and nominations

2002Star Trek NemesisSaturn Award for Best Supporting ActorNominated
2007Stuart: A Life BackwardsBritish Academy Television Award for Best ActorNominated
2009BronsonBritish Independent Film Award for Best ActorWon
2011InceptionBAFTA Rising Star AwardWon
2011InceptionMTV Movie Award for Best Line From a MovieNominated
2011InceptionPeople's Choice Award for Favorite On-Screen TeamNominated
2011InceptionSaturn Award for Best Supporting ActorNominated
2012WarriorMTV Movie Award for Best Fight (Shared with Joel Edgerton)Nominated
2012WarriorSatellite Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture DramaNominated
2012WarriorTeen Choice Award Best Choice Movie Actor - ActionNominated
2012The Dark Knight RisesTeen Choice Award Choice Movie VillainNominated
2013The Dark Knight RisesMTV Movie Award for Best VillainNominated
2013The Dark Knight RisesMTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Christian Bale)Nominated
2013LockeBritish Independent Film Award for Best ActorNominated


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