Tom Hardy is an English actor who has a net worth of $45 million dollars. Some notable works he has appeared in include the films “Inception” (2010), “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012), and “Dunkirk” (2017), as well as the BBC show “Peaky Blinders”.
Early Life and Career Beginnings:
Edward Thomas Hardy was born on September 15, 1977, in Hammersmith, London, England. His mother Anne (née Barrett) is an artist and painter, and his father Edward “Chips” Hardy is a novelist and comedy writer. He is an only child, and was raised in East Sheen, London. He was a student at Tower House School, Reed’s School, and Duff Miller Sixth Form College, and later continued his education at the Richmond Drama School and the Drama Centre London, which is a part of Central Saint Martins.
Hardy got his start in show business at the age of 21, when he won The Big Breakfast’s “Find Me a Supermodel” competition in 1998. The win landed him a brief contract with Models One, and he then landed the supporting part of John Janovec in the BBC miniseries “Band of Brothers” (2001).On-Screen Acting Career:
Hardy’s feature film debut came in 2001, in Ridley Scott’s film “Black Hawk Down”. He gained more international exposure in 2002 when he appeared in “Star Trek: Nemesis”, as Reman Praetor Shinzon, the clone of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. He subsequently appeared in the films “Dot the I” (2003), “LD 50 Lethal Dose” (2003), “EMR” (2004), and “Layer Cake” (2004).
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Hardy went on to appear in the BBC miniseries “The Virgin Queen” (2005) alongside Emilia Fox, as the character of Robert Dudley. He followed this with an appearance in the BBC Two drama “Stuart: A Life Backwards” (2007), which is based on a true story. He continued with other BBC productions, such as the miniseries “Oliver Twist” (2007). In 2008, he appeared in “Bronson”, a film about the famous English prisoner Charles Bronson. To prepare for the role, Bronson put on three stone (19 kg/42 pounds) of weight, and also met Bronson several times.
After several projects, such as the four-part TV drama “The Take” (2009) and ITV’s “Wuthering Heights” (2009), Hardy landed the role of Eames in the science fiction thriller film “Inception” (2010). For his performance as Eames, he won a BAFTA Rising Star award. He then appeared in the films “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2011), “Warrior” (2011), “This Means War” (2012), “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012), “Lawless” (2012), and “The Drop” (2014). 2015 proved to be highly productive for Hardy; he starred in five different films that year! These include “Child 44” (2015), “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015), “Legend” (2015), “London Road” (2015), and “The Revenant” (2015). For his role in “The Revenant”, he received an Academy Award nomination (his first!) for Best Supporting Actor.
In addition to his large number of film projects at this time, Hardy also joined the cast of the BBC crime drama “Peaky Blinders” as Alfie Solomons, the leader of a Jewish gang. He joined the show in its second season in 2014.
In 2017, Hardy starred on the eight-part BBC television show “Taboo” as the character James Delaney. He is also the show’s co-creator and executive producer. His collaborators and co-creators on the show include Steven Knight, as well as his own father, Edward “Chips” Hardy. Also in 2017, Hardy starred alongside the likes of Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and Harry Styles in the action-thriller film “Dunkirk”.
The film, directed by Christopher Nolan, is set during the Second World War, and is based on the events of the British military evacuation of Dunkirk in France in 1940. Following that, in 2018 Hardy starred as the comic book figure and occasional hero, Eddie Brock/Venom, in the film “Venom” (2018). It is not an official part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but is connected to the MCU as an “adjunct” film based on Marvel source material.
In addition to his work on the television and movie screens, Hardy has also been active in the theater and stage productions. In 2003, he performed in productions of “Blood” and “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings” at the Royal Court Theatre and Hampstead Theatre. For these performances, he won the 2003 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer. Also in 2003, he received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Most Promising Newcomer in a Society of London Theatre Affiliate for his “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings” performance. In early 2010, Hardy starred in a production of “The Long Red Road” in Chiago at the Goodman Theatre.
In 1999, Hardy married Sarah Ward, a producer. They divorced in 2004. In 2005, he met assistant director Rachael Speed on the set of “The Virgin Queen”, and they began a relationship. Together, they have one son, born in 2008. They broke up in 2009, ending their four-year relationship. That same year, in 2009, Hardy met the actress Charlotte Riley on the set of “Wuthuring Heights”, and they began dating. They got married in 2014, and have two children together.
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In 2010, Hardy took on the role of ambassador for the UK charity the Prince’s Trust. The organization provides training, business support, mentoring, general advice, and personal development services to youth. In December 2018, he joined the Reorg Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Foundation as a lead ambassador. They are partnered with The Royal Marines Charity and provide opportunities for serving personnel and veterans to learn the practice of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as a form of recovery and therapy to deal with the challenges of mental health and physical disabilities. Hardy also practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu himself.
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