Edward Thomas Hardy, born September 15, 1977, is the talented British bad boy that has been captivating us in movies for several years now. Hardy’s life got off to a tumultuous start, but this only prepared him for his brilliant future career: model, actor, philanthropist, and sportsman. Tom Hardy is the renowned actor we never tire of seeing in the new classics of our era. He is committed to his children, his family, his work, and his fans. So celebrate with us the life of the superhuman that is Tom Hardy!
Hardy was born in Hammersmith, London, England, as Edward Thomas Hardy. When he was a child, he moved with his parents Edward John “Chips” Hardy, who is a screenwriter, playwright, novelist, and creative director, and Ann Hardy, who is a painter of Irish descent, to East Sheen. He spent his early years at Reed’s School and continued his education at Tower House School and Richmond Drama School. These years were tough for Hardy due to his overconsumption of alcohol and crack. He has opened up about the horrors he lived through from 12 to 19 years of age due to his addictions. However, he managed to overcome them after hitting rock bottom. He rehabilitated himself and found the motivation to follow his dreams. As soon as he finished high school, he decided on the path the rest of his life will take.
He chose to study acting at the Drama Center in London. After this, he was ready to start his professional career. Thus came his first performance in “Band of Brothers” with great talents of the time and the future: Michael Fassbender, David Schwimmer, Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Colin Hanks, Neil Mcdonough, etc., all under the coordination of the greats Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. After this outstanding performance, Hardy gained the recognition that allowed him to be involved with other industry greats such as Ridley Scott in the film production “Black Hawk Down,” Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoniette,” Guy Ritchie’s “RocknRolla,” and Stuart Baird’s “Star Trek,” etc. Shortly after, he found international stardom with his interpretation of Bane in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” Speaking of T.V. series, Hardy starred in “Taboo” by Steven Knight and Ridley Scott. Most recently, he took on the role of Alfie Solomons in Steven Knight’s B.B.C. series “Peaky Blinders.” His performance as Al Capone in Josh Trank’s “Fonzo” is another must-see. Hardy’s most recent international success is his portrayal of Eddie Brock in the Marvel movie “Venom.”
He has won acting union awards and BAFTA awards, thanks to his performances, and was even named a member of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Between 1999 and 2004, he was married to Sarah Ward. 10 years later, he married Charlotte Riley, an actress he met on the set of “Wuthering Heights.” The couple has three children.
His breakthrough in the acting world is a debut beside former classmate Michael Fassbender.
He plays Raumont in Sofia Coppola's classic, sharing credits with Kirsten Dunst.
Directed by Christopher Nolan, Hardy is a part of an excellent film that will be a classic for generations to come.
Bane is the role that establishes Hardy as the planet's favorite villain.
He plays Max Rockatansky alongside the famed Charlize Theron.
Eddie Brock is the troubled journalist protagonist of this superhero film released on October 4.
Why We Love Tom Hardy
“Watch and reflect”
This is his life motto. That's why it is forever written on his skin. Hardy has been sober since 2003, so there is no doubt that he follows his motto to the letter.
He’s a full athlete
He practices boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and capoeira. We love how he takes his health seriously.
He’s a dedicated philanthropist
He is the ambassador for The Prince's Trust since 2010, Bowel Cancer U.K., and the REORG Charity Foundation. He is part of campaigns for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), produced and starred in "Poaching Wars with Tom Hardy" for the Animal Planet channel, and created the "Decembeard" campaign for bowel cancer, to name a few of his charitable projects.
5 Surprising Facts
He has been named the most beloved British actor of the 21st century by audiences, and we have no objection.
As a young man, he suffered an accident with a knife while cooking, mistakenly severing a flexor tendon in his right hand, as a result of which his little finger has been left permanently bent.
Hardy is fluent in French, in addition to English and Irish, due to living in France for his father's work.
His first tattoo came at the age of 15, “a leprechaun, in honor of my grandmother, and because I liked her feisty attitude," he said.
A lost bet for life
"Leo knows all" is tattooed on one of his biceps because he lost a bet with his friend Leonardo DiCaprio.
Tom Hardy FAQs
Is Tom Hardy vegan?
No, he is a vegetarian.
Who is Tom Hardy's current partner?
He is married to the British actress Charlotte Riley.
What is Tom Hardy's favorite movie he has been in?
His favorite movie is “Bronson.” According to him, the violence and craziness of the character was the most fun challenge he’s ever faced.
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