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Tom Hardy Biography

Birth Name:
Edward Thomas Hardy
Birth Place:
Hammersmith, London, England

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 2018National Television Awards-Drama Performance: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2015Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2014European Film Awards-European Actor: nominated
  • 2014Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2010London Film Critics Association-Best British Supporting Actor: nominated