- Won The Big Breakfast's (a British morning show) Find Me A Supermodel competition at age 19 and briefly had a modeling contract.
- Attended Drama Centre London at the same time as Michael Fassbender.
- Got his start in two 2001 war dramas: the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers and the film Black Hawk Down (his film debut).
- Won the 2003 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his work in two plays, Blood and In Arabia We'd All Be Kings.
- After playing a gaunt homeless man in the 2007 made-for-TV film Stuart: A Life Backwards, he gained 35 lbs. to play a prisoner in the 2009 film Bronson.
- Met wife Charlotte Riley during the making of the 2009 TV adaptation of Wuthering Heights, in which Hardy and Riley played the leads, Heathcliff and Catherine.
- Starred in a 2015 PETA campaign promoting pet adoption.
- 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
- 2014, European Film Awards — European Actor: Nominee
- 2011, BAFTA Film Awards — Rising Star Award: Winner
- 2015, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 2018, National Television Awards — Drama Performance: Nominee
- 2004, Olivier Awards — Most Promising Newcomer in an Affiliate Theatre: Nominee
- 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor in an Action Movie: Winner
- Anne — Mother
- Charlotte Riley — Wife
- Louis Hardy — Son
- Rachael Speed — Ex-significant Other
- Edward "Chips" Hardy — Father
- Sarah Ward — Ex-wife
- Attended Drama Centre London, London, England