Hailing from South West London, dashing and luscious-lipped young actor Tom Hardy started off his career in war dramas alongside other hunky newcomers. He began his studies at the prestigious Drama Centre, but left early for a part in the award-winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. He made his feature film debut in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, with Josh Hartnett. He then appeared with Paul Bettany in The Reckoning, a British film based on the novel Morality Play. In 2002, he remained in the U.K. for the independent film Dot the I, sharing the bill with the handsome Gael García Bernal. He then traveled to North Africa for Simon: An English Legionnarie, a story of the French Foreign Legion. In the same year, he gained some heavy international exposure as Shinzon, a clone of Captain Picard in Star Trek: Nemesis. He returned to England for the 2003 thriller LD 50. He was in the 2004 crime film Layer Cake, but scored prime roles in a number of 2005 films including Minotaur and Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen. Sofia Coppola cast him in Marie Antoinette in 2006, and two years later he had a crucial role in the international hit Bronson. He scored his biggest American hit to that point in 2010 when he was part of the crew in Christopher Nolan's Inception. He played one of two battling brothers in 2011's Warrior, and had a major part in the Oscar nominated remake of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy. He enjoyed is highest profile role to date playing the bad guy Bane in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises in the summer of 2012. Hardy had a monster 2015, taking over the title role in the hugely successful Mad Max: Fury Road and scoring his first Oscar nomination for his turn in Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant.
Biography by Andrea LeVasseur
- 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.