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Tom Hardy

Birth Name: 
Edward Thomas Hardy
Birthday: 
Thursday, September 15, 1977
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Birth Place: 
Hammersmith, London, England
Height: 
5' 10"

With his breakthrough performance as "Eames" in Christopher Nolan's 2010 science fiction thriller, Inception (2010), English actor Tom Hardy has been brought to the attention of mainstream audiences worldwide. But the versatile actor has been steadily working on both stage and screen since his television debut in the 2001 miniseries "Band of Brothers" (2001). After being cast in the WWII drama, Hardy left his studies at the prestigious Drama Centre in London and was subsequently cast in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down (2001) and as the villain "Shinzon" in 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).

As an only child to a writer father, Edward, and an artist mother, Anne, Hardy won a modeling competition when he was 19, but he spent his teens and early twenties battling delinquency, alcoholism and drug addiction. After completing his work on "Nemesis", he sought treatment and has also admitted that his battles with addiction ended his five-year marriage. Returning to work in 2003, Hardy was awarded the Evening Standard Most Promising Newcomer Award for his theatre performances in the productions of "In Arabia We'd All Be Kings" and "Blood".

During the next five years, Hardy worked consistently in film, television and theatre, playing parts as varied as "Robert Dudley" in the BBC's "The Virgin Queen" (2005), "Bill Sikes" in "Oliver Twist" (2007), and starring in "The Man of Mode" at the National Theatre. In 2006, Hardy created "Shotgun", an underground theatre company along with director Robert Delamere, and directed a play, penned by his father for the company, called "Blue on Blue".

In 2007, Hardy received a best actor BAFTA nomination for his touching performance as "Stuart Shorter" in the BBC adaptation of Alexander Masters' bestselling biography, Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007) (TV). Hardy, hailed for his transformative character acting, was lauded for his emotionally and physically convincing portrayal in the ill-fated and warm-hearted tale of "Shorter", a homeless and occasionally violent man suffering from addiction and muscular dystrophy.

The following year, he appeared as gay hoodlum "Handsome Bob" in the 'Guy Ritchie' film, RocknRolla (2008), but it would be his next transformation that would prove his extensive range and stun critics. In the film Bronson (2008), Hardy played the notorious "Charles Bronson" (given name, Michael Peterson), the "most violent prisoner in Britain". Bald, bulked-up, and outfitted with Bronson's signature strong-man moustache, Hardy is unrecognizable and gives a harrowing performance that is physically fearless and psychologically unsettling. Director Nicolas Winding Refn breaks down the fourth wall with Hardy retelling his tales directly to viewers as well as performing them outright before an audience of his own imagining. The performance mixes terrifying brutality, vaudevillian showmanship, wry humor, and an alarming amount of commitment, and won Hardy a British Independent Film Award for best actor. The performance got Hollywood's attention and, in 2009, Hardy was named one of Variety's "10 actors to watch". That year, he continued to garner praise for his starring role in "The Take" (2009), a 4-part adaptation of Martina Cole's bestselling crime novel, as well as for his performance as "Heathcliff" in a 2009 version of Wuthering Heights (2009) (TV).

Sober since 2003, Hardy has dedicated himself to assisting others who struggle. His theatre company, "Shotgun", has an outreach program which helps disadvantaged people write their own material for stage and screen. Hardy is also the patron for the charity "Flack", which is an organization to aid the recovery of the homeless in Cambridge. And, in 2010, Hardy was named an Ambassador for The Prince's Trust, which helps disadvantaged youth.

In early 2010, he starred in the Brett C. Leonard play, "The Long Red Road". Written for Hardy and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, the play was staged at Chicago's Goodman Theater.

With a history of accomplished performances, and a scene-stealing turn in the blockbuster Inception (2010), Hardy has become one of the most exciting and in-demand actors in Hollywood. He has been cast as the iconic "Mad Max" in George Miller's reboot of his franchise, and has reportedly been drafted by Christopher Nolan once more for a major part in the finale to his Batman trilogy. In 2010, Hardy became engaged to fellow English actress, Charlotte Riley, whom he starred with in "The Take" (2009) and Wuthering Heights (2009) (TV), and is raising a young son, Louis, with ex-girlfriend Rachael Speed. (IMDb)

News

Doug Liman in Final Talks to Direct 'Splinter Cell'

Doug Liman is in final negotiations to direct Splinter Cell, the adaptation of the Ubisoft video game that the company is developing with New Regency.... Read more
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Tom Hardy Confirmed As Elton John

Elton John biopic Rocketman has been in the works for a couple of years now, and Tom Hardy’s name has often been bandied about as a possible choice for the main man, most recently by the team at Hitfix.... Read more
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Tom Hardy to Star in Action-Thriller 'Locke'

Filmmaker Steven Knight will shoot the film in real time over the course of 90 minutes; production gets underway later this month in London.... Read more
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Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace in Talks for 'Child 44'

Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace are in negotiations to team up to star in Child 44, a Soviet-era thriller being produced by Ridley Scott and Michael Costigan via the Scott Free banner.... Read more
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Tom Hardy Enters Splinter Cell

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Reviews

Lawless (BLU-RAY)

John Hillcoat (The Road) and Nick Cave (The Proposition) team up for the third time to bring Matt Bondurant’s novel “The Wettest County In The World” to life on the big screen.... Read more
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Lawless

 Once in a while, theater-goers get lucky. Usually, bodies shuffle into the loudest theater in the Cineplex as it's the best shot they have at enjoying themselves. Some CGI-filled movie about saving the world, no doubt.... Read more
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The Dark Knight Rises

For the past seven years Christopher Nolan has given fans a much darker and realistic version of the Batman. In Batman Begins he introduced us to the hallucinogenic toxins of the Scarecrow and followed it up with the psychotic Joker in The Dark Knight.... Read more
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This Means War

Working in the CIA gives a person access to the latest and greatest technology around. Normally, it’s used to find the most dangerous wanted criminals in the world but for operatives Tuck (Tom Hardy) and FDR (Chris Pine), it’s more for a personal issue.... Read more
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Like in any good spy thriller, there is always a mole within the system. In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the system is the British Intelligence aka “the Circus,” and the supposed mole is a high ranking double agent within the agency.... Read more
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Videos

The Drop (Rocco The Dog Featurette)

The Drop (Rocco The Dog Featurette)

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The Drop (You Know What You're Gonna Do?)

The Drop (You Know What You're Gonna Do?)

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The Drop (International Trailer)

The Drop (International Trailer)

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Locke (Featurette)

Locke (Featurette)

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Locke (Trailer #2)

Locke (Trailer #2)

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