Biography: Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most sought after actors.

Hardy recently appeared in Lionsgate’s drama Warrior, starring with recent-Oscar® nominee Nick Nolte and Joel Edgerton. Hardy portrayed Marine Tommy Conlon, who is haunted by a tragic past. He returns home for the first time in fourteen years to enlist the help of his father (Nolte) to train for Sparta, the biggest winner-takes-all event in mixed martial arts history. An ode to redemption and reconciliation, Warrior is also a moving testament to the enduring bonds of family.

Hardy stars in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy opposite Colin Firth and Gary Oldman, who was Oscar nominated for his work in the picture. Based on the classic novel, the international thriller is set at the height of the Cold War years of the mid-20th century centered around the British Secret Intelligence Service.

Hardy recently wrapped Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan. Hardy plays the villainous Bane opposite Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman.

Hardy also recently wrapped RedWagon Film’s The Wettest County, set in the Prohibition era, where three brothers find their bootlegging business under threat in Franklin County, Virgina. The Weinstein Co is distributing the film later this year.

Hardy is next set to start production on George Miller’s new post-apocalyptic Mad Max movie, Fury Road, opposite Charlize Theron.

In 2009, Hardy won a British Independent Film Award for Best Actor for his work in the title role of the 2008 thriller Bronson. His film credits also include Guy Ritchie’s action comedy RocknRolla, with Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton, Idris Elba, Mark Strong and Tom Wilkinson; Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette; and the crime thriller Layer Cake, with Daniel Craig.

Released in the summer of 2010, Warner Bros.’ Inception became the 24th highest-grossing films of all time. Directed by Christopher Nolan, Hardy appeared alongside an all-star cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Caine. The film centers around a corporate espionage thief who secretly extracts valuable information from the unconscious mind of his targets while they are dreaming.

Hailing from England, 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 went on to appear in the features Black Hawk Down, directed by Ridley Scott; the Star Trek: Nemesis, in which he played the lead villain; Paul McGuigan’s The Reckoning, alongside Willem Dafoe and Paul Bettany; and Dot the I, from first-time writer/director Matthew Parkhill.

On television, Hardy earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor for his performance in the HBO movie Stuart: A Life Backwards. He portrayed Heathcliff in the 2009 ITV production of Wuthering Heights. Hardy’s small screen credits also include the telefilms Oliver Twist, A for Andromeda, Sweeney Todd, Gideon’s Daughter, and Colditz, as well as the BBC miniseries The Virgin Queen, in which he starred as Queen Elizabeth’s lover, Robert Dudley.

Hardy 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, under the direction of Robert Delamere. He and Delamere also run a theatre workshop/gym called Shotgun at London’s Theatre 503.

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox. This Means War opens February 14th.


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