Sep. 15th, 1977
Hammersmith, London, England, UK
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Edward Thomas "Tom" Hardy (born 15 September 1977) is an English actor of stage and screen. He is perhaps best known for playing the title character in the 2009 British film Bronson, and for his roles in the films Star Trek Nemesis and Inception.
Hardy, an only child, was born in Hammersmith and raised in East Sheen, London. His mother, Anne, is an artist and painter of Irish Catholic descent, and his father, Edward "Chips" Hardy, is an ad and comedy writer.
Hardy studied at Reeds School, Tower House School, Richmond Drama School, and subsequently at the Drama Centre London. He began his career in war dramas, winning the part of United States Army Private John Janovec in the award-winning HBO and BBC miniseries "Band of Brothers". He made his feature film debut in Ridley Scott's 2001 war thriller "Black Hawk Down".
In 2002, Hardy appeared in the independent film "Dot the I", sharing the bill with 'Gael García Bernal'. He 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 (Patrick Stewart) in "Star Trek Nemesis". He returned to England to feature in the 2003 thriller "LD 50 Lethal Dose".
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 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". In September 2008, he appeared in director Guy Ritchie's London gangster film, "RocknRolla". He played the role of gay gangster Handsome Bob, one of the members of the criminal gang the Wild Bunch, led by One Two (Gerard Butler), whom Bob has a crush on. Hardy will reprise the role in Ritchie's sequel "The Real RocknRolla".
In early 2009, Hardy starred in the film "Bronson", about the real-life prisoner Charles Bronson, who has spent most of his adult life in solitary confinement. For the film, he put on three stone of muscle. In June 2009, Hardy starred in the Martina Cole written 4-part TV drama "The Take" as a drugs and alcohol fuelled gangster. The role gained him a Best Actor nomination at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards.
August 2009, he appeared in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights", playing the part of Heathcliff, the classic love character who falls in love with his childhood friend Cathy played by "Charlotte Riley', "the love that destroyed everything it touched". It was even suggested by tabloid paper The Sun that he began a relationship with 'Charlotte Riley' shortly after finishing work on "The Take", and that he left his partner of two years and mother of his infant son to be with Riley. Riley has disputed this rumour in interviews.
In early 2010, Hardy starred in "The Long Red Road" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. 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.
Hardy played the son of Paddy Conlon (Nick Nolte) in the as-yet-unreleased 2010 film "Warrior", about a washed-up mixed martial artist. He will be the main protagonist in the film. He starred as Eames in Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller "Inception".
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".
Hardy has replaced "Michael Fassbende'r in the 2012 adaptation of "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy", also featuring 'Gary Oldman' and 'Ralph Fiennes'.
As of October 2010, he has signed on to be a lead role in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises". It is currently rumored he will play the villain Dr. Hugo Strange.
Tom married Sarah Ward in 1999, but they divorced some time later. He has a son, Louis Hardy, with ex-girlfriend Rachael Speed. In July 2010, Hardy proposed to actress 'Charlotte Riley' after a year of dating.
Hardy also battled alcoholism and a crack addiction in his early- to mid-twenties, but has been sober since 2003.
- His father, Chips Hardy, was the first firefighter in the family to attend a university.
- Has a dog named Max
- His favorite films include Amadeus, Amelie, Big Lebowski, Bringing Out The Dead, Dog Day Afternoon, Dracula flicks, Full Metal Jacket, Irreversable, La Haine, Man Bites Dog, Meet Joe Black, Mr. Holland's Opus, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Platoon, Princess Bride, Silence Of The Lambs, The Piano, and Time Bandits. The movies, Meet Joe Black and Mr. Holland's Opus, made Tom cry when he watched it.
- Tom joined Drama Centre London in September 1998 and was taken out early to work on _"Band of Brothers" (2001)_ (qv).
- Trained under Sir Anthony Hopkin's former mentor at the London Drama Center.
- He loves to drink coffee, Coke, fizzy water, fruit drinks, Red Bull, and tea.
- Has written two television shows with Kelly Marcel, both of which have sold to production companies.
- He was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer of 2003 in a Society of London Theatre Affliate for his performance in Arabia, We'd All Be Kings performed at the Hampstead Theatre.