Tom Hardy is a British actor born in London in 1977, who has had an extensive career in TV, film and theatre, and is currently one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors.
Following an early stint as model, Hardy broke into Hollywood with roles in films such as Black Hawk Down (2001) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) and starring in the World War II mini-series drama, Band of Brothers (2001).
Parts in Bronson (2008), Warrior (2011) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) succeeded time spent performing on stage. Notable theatre roles include Skank in In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, for which Hardy was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer in 2003, and Sammy in The Long Red Road, a play directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in Chicago, 2010.
As Hardy increased in notoriety he won roles in big-budget blockbusters. He has worked with Christopher Nolan on numerous projects: the 2010 sci-fi thriller Inception, 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises opposite Christian Bale as Batman villain Bane, and on Nolan’s upcoming World War II epic, Dunkirk, due out later in 2017.
2015 was arguably Hardy’s biggest and most fruitful year. He starred in various well-received and financially successful projects such as the titular Max Rockatansky in the Mad Max reboot, Mad Max: Fury Road. He starred as both Ronnie and Reggie Kray in Legend, the 2015 biopic about the infamous London gangster twins. The same year, he gave his most critically acclaimed performance to date, as John Fitzgerald in Alejandro Iñárritu’s The Revenant. For his role in the film, Hardy received his first Academy Award nomination, in the Best Supporting Actor category.
He recently worked on TV series Taboo, starring as the lead as well as co-creating and executive producing alongside his father Edward, and Steven Knight, with whom the actor has worked on Peaky Blinders. A widely-acclaimed success on the BBC, it’s set to be commissioned for a second series.
While reprising his part in Peaky Blinders for season 4 of the BBC period drama, he has also been cast as Al Capone in Josh Trank’s upcoming Fonzo. And he looks set to reclaim his bad guy status by playing the lead role in Venom, a Marvel Spiderman spin-off due in October 2018.