Tom Hardy

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Tom Hardy
CBE
Tom Hardy by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Hardy in 2018
Born Edward Thomas Hardy
(1977-09-15) 15 September 1977 (age 40)
Hammersmith, London, England
Occupation
  • Actor
  • producer
  • model
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s)
Sarah Ward
(m. 1999; div. 2004)

Charlotte Riley
(m. 2014)

Children 2
Parent(s) Chips Hardy

Edward Thomas Hardy, CBE (born 15 September 1977) is an English actor, producer, and former model. Hardy made his film debut in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down (2001), and has since had notable roles in films such as Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), RocknRolla (2008), Bronson (2008), Warrior (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Lawless (2012), Locke (2013), The Drop (2014), and The Revenant (2015), for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2015, Hardy portrayed "Mad" Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road and both Kray twins in Legend. He has also appeared in three Christopher Nolan films: Inception (2010), as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and Dunkirk (2017). In 2018, he will play Eddie Brock/Venom in a live-action film adaptation of the same name.

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 Sky 1 drama series The Take (2009), and the BBC historical crime drama series Peaky Blinders (2013 –2017). He created, co-produced, and took the lead in the eight-part historical fiction series Taboo (2017) on BBC One and FX.[1]

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

Hardy is active in charity work and is an ambassador for the Prince's Trust.[2][3][4] He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to drama.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Edward Thomas Hardy[7] was born in Hammersmith, London,[8] on 15 September 1977,[9] the only child of artist and painter Anne (née Barrett) and novelist and comedy writer Edward "Chips" Hardy.[10][11][12] He is of Irish descent.[13] Hardy was brought up in East Sheen, London.[14] He studied at Tower House School, Reed's School, and Duff Miller Sixth Form College. To further his acting ambition, Hardy later studied at Richmond Drama School and the Drama Centre London.[15] He named Gary Oldman as his "hero", adding that he imitated scenes from the actor while at drama school.[16][17]

Career[edit]

1998–2010[edit]

In 1998, Hardy won The Big Guy's Breakfast's Find Me a Supermodel competition at age 21 (and with it a brief contract with Models One).[18] 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.[19] He made his feature film debut in Ridley Scott's war thriller Black Hawk Down (2001).[20] During this time, Hardy also had a brief stint as a rapper and hip hop producer with his friend Edward Tracy (under the name "Tommy No 1 + Eddie Too Tall"), with whom he recorded a mixtape called Falling On Your Arse In 1999 that remained unreleased until 2018.[21]

In 2002, Hardy gained some heavy international exposure as the Reman Praetor Shinzon, a clone of USS Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: Nemesis.[22]. The following year, he 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. He then returned to the United Kingdom to feature in the horror film LD 50 Lethal Dose (2003).[23]

Hardy at the London premiere of Inception in 2010

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.[24] 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.[25] Hardy appeared with Emilia Fox in the BBC miniseries The Virgin Queen (2005) as Robert Dudley, a childhood friend of Elizabeth I. Dudley's character has been described as an ambiguous young man who is torn between the affection of his wife (played by Fox), his love for Elizabeth and his own ambitions.[26] Hardy featured in the BBC Four adaptation of the 1960s science fiction series A for Andromeda.[27]

In 2007, he appeared in BBC Two's 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.[28] In February 2008, he played a drug-addicted rapist in the British horror-thriller WΔZ.[29] In September 2008, he appeared in Guy Ritchie's London gangster film, RocknRolla; Hardy played the role of gay gangster Handsome Bob.[30] Though a sequel to RocknRolla, titled 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.[31] In 2008, 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).[32]

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.[33] In August 2009, he appeared in ITV's Wuthering Heights, playing the role of Heathcliff, the classic love character who falls in love with his childhood friend Cathy.[34][35]

In early 2010, Hardy starred in The Long Red Road at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.[36] 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.[37][38] 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 film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,[39] 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.[40]

2011–present[edit]

Hardy at the premiere of The Drop, 2014 Toronto Film Festival

In 2011, Hardy starred in the film Warrior, which was released on 9 September 2011 by Lionsgate Films. His performance as Tommy Riordan, who is trained by his father to fight in a mixed martial arts tournament against his brother, gained praise from critics. Hardy also starred in This Means War (2012), a romantic comedy directed by McG. He played the supervillain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, the final film in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, released on 20 July 2012.[41] He played a bootlegger in John Hillcoat's crime drama Lawless (2012).[42] 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.[43][44] He also appeared in Riz Mc's music video for the song "Sour Times".[45]

In 2014, Hardy starred in the crime film The Drop alongside James Gandolfini, in what would be the latter's final appearance in a feature film before his death. Hardy also joined the cast of the BBC crime drama Peaky Blinders in its second series. He portrays Alfie Solomons, the head of a Jewish gang and runner of a distillery which disguises itself as a bakery.

Hardy starred in five films in 2015. The first, Child 44, set in 1950s Soviet Union, saw him playing Leo Demidov, a Soviet secret police agent who investigates a series of child murders. Despite mild praise for his acting, Child 44 was reviewed negatively by critics and was a box office failure.[46] Hardy then played the title character, Max Rockatansky, in the action film Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).[47][48] His performance was praised by critics[49][50] and overall the film received critical acclaim and became a box office success,[51] grossing over $378 million against a $150 million budget, becoming the highest-grossing film in the Mad Max franchise.[52] He played a dual role as London gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray in the crime thriller Legend (2015).[53] On 7 December 2015, Hardy won Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards for his portrayal of the Kray twins, and on the same night attended the premiere of the biographical western thriller The Revenant, in which he co-stars with Leonardo DiCaprio, at Leicester Square, London.[54] On 14 January 2016, Hardy received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Revenant.[55]

Hardy co-starred in Christopher Nolan's action-thriller Dunkirk (2017), based on the British military evacuation of the French port of Dunkirk in 1940 during the Second World War. He appeared alongside Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and Harry Styles.[56] Hardy also co-produced and starred in the eight-part BBC One television drama series Taboo. It was created by Hardy, Steven Knight, and Hardy's father, Edward "Chips" Hardy. Taboo was aired in the United States by FX.[57]

Upcoming projects[edit]

In 2018, Hardy will star in Venom, as Eddie Brock / Venom, based on the Marvel Comics source material. The film will be released on 5 October 2018 and will be the start of "Sony's Marvel Universe" (along with Silver and Black) but will be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as an "adjunct" film.[58][59] In 2019, Hardy will star in Josh Trank's Al Capone biopic Fonzo.[60]

Hardy is also attached to star as iconic war photographer Don McCullin in a film based on McCullin's autobiography, Unreasonable Behaviour.[61]

Personal life[edit]

In 1999, Hardy and producer Sarah Ward married, divorcing in 2004.[62] From 2003 to 2004, he was in a relationship with actress Linda Park. They lived together in London and also co-starred in the play Roger and Vanessa in 2004. He has a son born in 2008[63] with his then-girlfriend, assistant director Rachael Speed, whom he met on set of The Virgin Queen in 2005. They separated in 2009 after four years together.[64] In 2009, Hardy began a relationship with actress Charlotte Riley, after they met on the set of Wuthering Heights. They were married in July 2014.[65][66] In October 2015, their first child was born.[67] They had two rescued dogs, Max and Woodstock, one of which Hardy appeared with in a PETA advert to promote pet adoption.[68] Woodstock died on 5 June 2017 due to an aggressive case of polymyositis.[69] 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.[70] In 2012, he and Riley became patrons of Bowel Cancer UK.[71] Prior to the inaugural Invictus Games held in London in September 2014, Hardy, along with other entertainers and athletes, read the poem "Invictus" in a promotional video.[72]

Hardy was named one of GQ magazine's 50 best dressed British men in 2015.[73] One of the highest profile actors in contemporary British popular culture, Hardy appeared on Debrett's 2016 list of the most influential people in the United Kingdom.[74]

Hardy was addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine until his mid-20s, after which he checked himself into rehab following a particular low point. He has said that he was 'out of control' on drink and drugs before he turned his life around, and was lucky that he did not contract HIV while he was at his lowest. [75][76]

During the filming of Bronson, Hardy met with Britain's most notorious prisoner several times and the two became good friends. Bronson was impressed with how Hardy managed to get just as muscular as he was and how well he could mimic his own personality and voice. Bronson has stated he believes Hardy was the only person who could play him.[77]

Hardy was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to drama.[78]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Black Hawk Down Lance Twombly Credited as Thomas Hardy
2002 Deserter Pascal Dupont
Star Trek: Nemesis Shinzon
2003 The Reckoning Straw
Dot the i Tom
LD 50 Lethal Dose Matt
2004 EMR Henry
Layer Cake Clarkie
2006 Marie Antoinette Raumont
Minotaur Theo
Scenes of a Sexual Nature Noel
2007 Flood Zack
WΔZ Pierre Jackson
The Inheritance Dad
2008 Sucker Punch Rodders
RocknRolla Handsome Bob
Bronson Charles Bronson / Michael Peterson
2009 Thick as Thieves Michaels
Perfect Doctor Short film
2010 Inception Eames
2011 Sergeant Slaughter, My Big Brother Dan Short film
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Ricki Tarr
Warrior Tommy Riordan Conlon
2012 This Means War Tuck Hansen
The Dark Knight Rises Bane
Lawless Forrest Bondurant
2013 Locke Ivan Locke
2014 The Drop Bob Saginowski
2015 Child 44 Leo Demidov
Mad Max: Fury Road Max Rockatansky
London Road Mark
Legend Ronald Kray and Reginald Kray
The Revenant John Fitzgerald
2017 Dunkirk Farrier
Star Wars: The Last Jedi FN-926 Deleted scene
2018 Venom Eddie Brock / Venom Post-production
2019 Fonzo Al Capone Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Band of Brothers John Janovec Episodes: "Why We Fight", "Points"
2005 Colditz Jack Rose 2 episodes
The Virgin Queen Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester 3 episodes
Gideon's Daughter Andrew Television film
2006 A for Andromeda John Fleming Television film
Sweeney Todd Matthew Television film
2007 Cape Wrath Jack Donnelly 5 episodes
Oliver Twist Bill Sikes 5 episodes[79]
Stuart: A Life Backwards Stuart Shorter Television film
2008 Wuthering Heights Heathcliff 2 episodes
2009 The Take Freddie 4 episodes
2013 Driven to Extremes Himself 1 episode
Poaching Wars Himself 2 episodes; also executive producer
2014–2017 Peaky Blinders Alfie Solomons 11 episodes
2017 CBeebies Bedtime Stories Himself 5 episodes
2017–present Taboo James Delaney 8 episodes; also co-creator and executive producer

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 In Arabia We'd All Be Kings Skank Hampstead Theatre, London[80]
The Modernists Vincent Crucible Theatre, Sheffield[81][82]
Blood Luca Royal Court Theatre, London[83]
2004 Festen Michael Almeida Theatre, London[84]
2007 The Man of Mode Dorimant National Theatre, London[85]
2010 The Long Red Road Sammy Goodman Theatre, Chicago[86]

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]

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