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Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy
Hardy at the premiere of Locke in 2014.
Born Edward Thomas Hardy
(1977-09-15) 15 September 1977
Hammersmith, London, England
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, producer
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Sarah Ward (m. 1999; div. 2004)
Charlotte Riley (m. 2014)
Children 2

Edward Thomas "Tom" Hardy[1] (born 15 September 1977)[2] is an English actor, screenwriter, and producer. He made his debut in the war film Black Hawk Down (2001). His other notable films include the science fiction film Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), the crime film RocknRolla (2008), the biographical psychological drama Bronson (2008), the science fiction thriller Inception (2010), the sports drama Warrior (2011), the Cold War espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), the crime drama Lawless (2012), the drama Locke (2013), and the mobster film The Drop (2014). He also portrayed Bane in the superhero film The Dark Knight Rises (2012), "Mad" Max Rockatansky in the post-apocalyptic film Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), and both Kray twins in the crime thriller Legend (2015).

Hardy's television roles include the HBO war drama miniseries Band of Brothers (2001), the BBC historical drama miniseries The Virgin Queen (2005), ITV's Wuthering Heights (2008), the BBC British historical crime drama television series Peaky Blinders (2013), and the Sky 1 drama series The Take (2009).

Hardy has also performed on British and American stages. He was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his role as Skank in the 2003 production of In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, and was awarded the 2003 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for his performances in both In Arabia We'd All be Kings and for his role as Luca in Blood. He starred in the 2007 production of The Man of Mode and received positive reviews for his role in the 2010 Philip Seymour Hoffman-directed play The Long Red Road.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • 1998–2009 2.1
    • 2010–present 2.2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • Stage 4.3
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Hardy was born in Hammersmith, London,[3] the only child of Anne (née Barrett), an artist and painter whose family was of Irish descent,[4] and Edward "Chips" Hardy,[5] a novelist and comedy writer.[6][7] He was raised in East Sheen, London.[8] He studied at Tower House School and Reed's School, then at Richmond Drama School, and subsequently at the Drama Centre London.[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).[10] 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.[11] He made his feature film debut in Ridley Scott's 2001 war thriller Black Hawk Down.[12] 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.[13] He then returned to England to feature in the 2003 film LD 50 Lethal Dose.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] Hardy featured in the BBC Four adaptation of the 1960s sci-fi series A for Andromeda.[18]

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 a suicide.[19] In February 2008, he played a drug-addicted rapist in the British horror-thriller WΔZ.[20] In September 2008, he appeared in Guy Ritchie's London gangster film, RocknRolla; Hardy played the role of gay gangster Handsome Bob.[21] 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.[22] 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).[23]

In June 2009, Hardy starred in Martina Cole's 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.[24] 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.[25][26]


In early 2010, Hardy starred in The Long Red Road at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.[27] 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.[28][29] In 2010, he starred as Eames in Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller Inception for which he won a BAFTA Rising Star award. Hardy replaced Michael Fassbender in the 2011 adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,[30] released on 5 September 2011 at the 68th edition of the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica in Venice. In March 2010, Hardy signed a first look deal at Warner Bros.[31]

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 supervillain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, the final film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, released on 20 July 2012.[32] He played a bootlegger in John Hillcoat's Lawless (2012).[33] 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.[34][35] He also appeared in Riz Mc's music video for the song "Sour Times".[36]

Hardy played the title character, Max Rockatansky, in 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road.[37] His performance was praised by critics[38][39] and overall the film received critical acclaim and became a box office success.[40] As of July 2015, it has grossed $366 million against a $150 million budget, becoming the highest grossing film in the Mad Max franchise.[41]

In 2015, Hardy is appearing in the BBC One series Taboo, which is set in 19th century England. Hardy plays an adventurer who wants justice after the death of his father. FX series will air the series in the US in 2016.[42] In 2015, he starred in a dual role as London gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray in the crime thriller Legend.[43]

Personal life

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

Hardy married Sarah Ward in 1999, but the marriage ended in divorce in 2004. He has a son, Louis Thomas (born 2008),[44] with then-girlfriend Rachael Speed, whom he dated from 2004 to 2009.[45]

In 2009, Hardy began a relationship with actress Charlotte Riley, whom he met on the set of Wuthering Heights. The couple became engaged in 2010 and married in July 2014.[46][47] They have two dogs, both rescues, one of which Hardy appeared with in a PETA advert to promote pet adoption.[48] In October 2015, the couple welcomed their first child together[49].[50]

In 2010, Hardy became an ambassador for the Prince's Trust, a leading UK youth charity which provides training, personal development, business start up support, mentoring and advice.[51] In 2012, he and Riley became patrons of Bowel Cancer UK.[52]

Hardy battled addictions to alcohol and crack cocaine in his early-to-mid-20s. He entered rehab and has been sober since 2003.[53] Hardy has referred to Gary Oldman as "the greatest actor that's ever lived",[54] and described Oldman as his hero, adding "everybody [at drama school] used to quote him in all of his films."[55] Hardy was named one of GQ magazine's 50 best dressed British men in 2015.[56]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Black Hawk Down Spc. Lance Twombly Credited as Thomas Hardy
2002 Star Trek: Nemesis Shinzon
2003 Reckoning, TheThe Reckoning Straw
2003 dot the i Tom
2003 LD 50 Lethal Dose Matt
2004 Layer Cake Clarkie
2006 Minotaur Theo
2006 Marie Antoinette Raumont
2006 Scenes of a Sexual Nature Noel
2007 Flood Zack
2007 WΔZ Pierre Jackson
2007 Inheritance, TheThe Inheritance Dad
2008 Sucker Punch Rodders
2008 RocknRolla Handsome Bob
2008 Bronson Charles Bronson/Michael Peterson
2009 Thick as Thieves Det. Michaels
2009 Perfect Doctor Short film
2010 Inception Eames
2011 Sergeant Slaughter, My Big Brother Dan Short film
2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Ricki Tarr
2011 Warrior Tommy Riordan Conlon
2012 This Means War Tuck Hansen
2012 Dark Knight Rises, TheThe Dark Knight Rises Bane
2012 Lawless Forrest Bondurant
2013 Locke Ivan Locke
2014 The Drop Bob Saginowski
2015 Child 44 Leo Demidov
2015 Mad Max: Fury Road Max Rockatansky
2015 London Road Mark
2015 Legend Ronald Kray / Reginald Kray
2015 The Revenant John Fitzgerald Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Band of Brothers Pfc. John Janovec 2 episodes
2005 Colditz 2nd Lt. Jack Rose 2 episodes
2005 Virgin Queen, TheThe Virgin Queen Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester 3 episodes
2005 Gideon's Daughter Andrew Television film
2006 A for Andromeda John Fleming Television film
2006 Sweeney Todd Matthew Television film
2007 Cape Wrath Jack Donnelly 5 episodes
2007 Oliver Twist Bill Sikes 5 episodes[57]
2007 Stuart: A Life Backwards Stuart Shorter Television film
2008 Wuthering Heights Heathcliff 2 episodes
2009 Take, TheThe Take Freddie 4 episodes
2013 Poaching Wars Himself 2 episodes; also executive producer
2014 Peaky Blinders Alfie Solomons 5 episodes
2016 Taboo James Keziah Delaney 8 episodes; also executive producer and writer


Year Title Role Notes
2003 In Arabia We'd All Be Kings Skank Hampstead Theatre[58]
2003 Blood Luca Royal Court Theatre[59]
2007 The Man of Mode Dorimant National Theatre[60]
2010 The Long Red Road Sammy Goodman Theatre

Awards and nominations

Year Work Award Result
2003 Star Trek: Nemesis Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2004 In Arabia We'd All Be Kings Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play Nominated
2008 Stuart: A Life Backwards British Academy Television Award for Best Actor Nominated
2009 The Take Crime Thriller Award for Best Leading Actor Nominated
2009 Bronson British Independent Film Award for Best Actor Won[61]
2010 Bronson Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor Nominated
2010 Bronson London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actor of the Year Nominated
2010 Bronson Village Voice Film Poll - Best Actor Nominated
2010 Inception Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble Nominated
2010 Inception Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast Nominated
2010 Inception Scream Award for Breakout Performance - Male Won[62]
2011 Inception BAFTA Rising Star Award Won[63]
2011 Inception MTV Movie Award for Best Line From a Movie Nominated
2011 Inception People Choice Award for Favorite On-Screen Team Nominated
2011 Inception Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2012 Warrior MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (Shared with Joel Edgerton) Nominated
2012 Warrior Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama Nominated
2012 Warrior Teen Choice Award Best Choice Movie Actor - Action Nominated
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Villain Nominated
2013 The Dark Knight Rises MTV Movie Award for Best Villain Nominated
2013 The Dark Knight Rises MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Christian Bale) Nominated
2013 Locke British Independent Film Award for Best Actor Nominated
2014 Locke Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Won[64]
2014 Locke European Film Award for Best Actor Nominated
2015 Locke and The Drop London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actor of the Year Nominated


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Further reading

  • Dempster, S (22 September 2007). "Tom Hardy tastes the hard life". The Times (UK). Retrieved 3 October 2007. 

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