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.
'Aladdin' is rumoured to be starring Tom Hardy as Jafar.
The people behind the forthcoming live action adaptation of Disney's 'Aladdin' have incited outrage on social media this week after it came out that Tom Hardy was in talks to play the villainous Jafar. Understandably, the actor is now in the midst of 'white-washing' accusations.
Tom Hardy on the set of 'Peaky Blinders'
While Tom Hardy would no doubt make an excellent nemesis of Aladdin, the point is that this is arguably yet another example of Hollywood snubbing diverse actors in favour of white stars despite the context of the actual story. It's still a rumour, however, and there may be Asian actors in talks yet - but Tom is a big favourite of 'Aladdin' director Guy Ritchie.
Hardy's beloved pet dog Woody (aka Woodstock) has passed away, and the actor posted a loving tribute to him.
Tom Hardy is heartbroken following the death of his beloved pet dog Woody (also called Woodstock), who has passed away after a short illness.
The 39 year old ‘Taboo’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’ star revealed that his dog, whom he described as a “shining example of man’s best friend” having rescued as a stray puppy from the roadside, had died. The two of them were frequently spotted on film sets, and Hardy had even been known to take Woody to film premieres, and he even appeared with Woody on the CBeebies 'bedtime story' episode that went viral at the end of last year.
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Hardy set up the page on Tuesday with a fundraising target of £15,000 - which has already been smashed.
Tom Hardy has set up a fundraising page online via JustGiving in order to support the victims of this week’s horrific terrorist attack in Manchester.
39 year old ‘Taboo’ actor Hardy set up the fundraising page at some point on Tuesday (May 24th) in order to “raise some funds as a gesture of goodwill and love” for The British Red Cross because “the families and children will need support”.
Titled ‘Tom Hardy’s Manchester Emergency Fund’, the page has already smashed its original target of £15,000 at the time of writing, passing £18,000 by Thursday morning (May 25th).
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In one of the biggest military disasters in British history, 400,000 soldiers found themselves stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk in France in 1940 in the midst of World War II. Their journey was about releasing the allied France from the grip of the Germans, but when they find themselves surrounded by enemy forces, with nowhere left to hide their options become limited. Determined not to surrender to the Nazis, an incredible emergency evacuation begins as bomb after bomb is dropped on the fleeing men. The Royal Air Force and British Navy vessels rush to the aid of their trapped troops, as well as boats from brave civilians, and together they manage to save over 300,000 men from the terrifying attack in Operation Dynamo.
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Tom Hardy placed a suspected thief under citizen's arrest in London over the weekend.
If Tom Hardy doesn't land the next big superhero role it's an opportunity missed; the actor turned into street vigilante this weekend when he chased down a moped thief and detained him until the police took over. An impressive feat that stunned onlookers.
Tom Hardy at 'Taboo' premiere
The 'Taboo' star was out walking near his home in Richmond, London on Sunday (April 23rd 2017) when he spotted a pair of young men on a stolen moped attempting to make a run for it after crashing into a luxury Mercedes. They fled through some gardens and a building site, but that didn't stop athletic Tom from chasing them down.
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The 35 year old actor will follow in Tom Hardy's footsteps and read a bedtime story on CBeebies in May.
Marvel Cinematic Universe star Chris Evans is taking a break from saving the world as Captain America to be the next massive name to read a bedtime story for children’s channel CBeebies, it has been confirmed.
As such, the Hollywood pin-up is set to follow in the footsteps of fellow actor Tom Hardy, after the British star was a massive hit with parents watching with their children over the last few months, after he read stories on New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day.
Chris Evans will be the latest big-name star to follow in Tom Hardy's footsteps
The long-awaited fourth season of 'Peaky Blinders' debuts later this year, with Tom Hardy now confirmed to reprise his role as Alfie Solomons.
'Peaky Blinders' fans rejoice, as Tom Hardy has been spotted on the set of the BBC series in full costume as London gangster Alfie Solomons. Though the actor is in high demand right now, it would appear he has found time to reprise his role in the fourth season of the critically-acclaimed show, as he shot scenes on location in Toxeth, Liverpool earlier this week.
Tom Hardy as Alfie Solomons in Peaky Blinders Season 2
Wearing Solomons' traditional unbuttoned shirt and waistcoat, Hardy was also seen driving home after filming, sporting a heavy beard along with several large gold rings, confirming his involvement in the upcoming batch of 'Peaky Blinders' episodes.
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'Taboo' will return for a second series in 2018, it has been confirmed today.
It’s been an extremely popular success since it first hit screens in January this year, so it can’t be much surprise to know that ‘Taboo’, starring Tom Hardy in the lead role, has been renewed for a second season on the BBC.
The eight-part series, on which 39 year old Hardy collaborated with his father, Edward “Chips” Hardy, in writing, co-stars Oona Chaplin, Mark Gatiss and Jonathan Pryce. It has become a slow-burning success in Britain and in America, where it is broadcast on FX, and fans will be delighted to know that the series is planned for a second instalment in 2018.
Tom Hardy attending an American premiere of 'Taboo' in 2017
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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
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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'.
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Date of birth
15th September, 1977
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