Biography: Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy is currently in production on George Miller’s new postapocalyptic actioner, in which he takes on the role of Mad Max, opposite Charlize Theron. He will next be seen in the crime drama Lawless, which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Hardy previously collaborated with director Christopher Nolan in the thought-provoking 2010 thriller Inception, alongside an international cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio. He recently also starred in the boxing drama Warrior, with Nick Nolte and Joel Edgerton, and the thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, with Gary Oldman.
Hailing from Great Britain, Hardy began his screen career when he was plucked straight from London’s Drama Centre for a role in HBO’s award-winning World War II miniseries Band of Brothers, executive produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. He made his feature film debut in Ridley Scott’s war drama Black Hawk Down, followed by the sci-fi adventure Star Trek: Nemesis.
In 2008, Hardy delivered a powerhouse performance in the title role of the drama Bronson, for which he won a British Independent Film Award, and earned nominations for a London Film Critics’ Circle Award and an Evening Standard Film Award, all in the category of Best Actor.
On television, Hardy received a BAFTA TV Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance in the HBO movie Stuart: A Life Backwards. He also portrayed Heathcliff in the 2009 ITV production of Wuthering Heights. His work on the small screen also includes the telefilms Oliver Twist, A for Andromeda, Sweeney Todd, Gideon’s Daughter, and Colditz, as well as the BBC miniseries The Virgin Queen.
Hardy has also starred in numerous plays in London’s West End, including Blood and In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, winning the Outstanding Newcomer Award at the 2003 Evening Standard Theatre Awards for his work in both productions. For the latter play, he was also nominated for a 2004 Olivier Award. In 2005, Hardy starred in the London premiere of Brett C. Leonard’s Roger and Vanessa. His later stage work includes Rufus Norris’ adaptation of Festen, at the Almeida; The Modernists, at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre; The Man of Mode, for the National Theatre; and the 2010 world premiere of Leonard’s The Long Red Road, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.