He joined Drama Centre London in September 1998 and was taken out early to work on Band of Brothers (2001). One of his classmates at drama school was Michael Fassbender, both appeared in Band of Brothers (2001) and Hardy stated that Fassbender was the best actor in the school.
He loves to drink coffee, Coke, fizzy water, fruit drinks, Red Bull and tea.
Had a dog named Max that was given to him when he was a teenager, he passed away in 2011. The dog's name was an honor to Mad Max (1979). Years later, Hardy played the title character in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
He was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer of 2003 in a Society of London Theatre Affliate for his performance in "In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings", performed at the Hampstead Theatre.
He was awarded the 2003 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his performances in "Blood" and "In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings" performed at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs and Hampstead Theatre. The same year he had a successful run, co-starring in "The Modernists" with Paul Popplewell, Jesse Spencer and Orlando Wells.
Trained under Sir Anthony Hopkins' former mentor at the Drama Centre London.
His father Chips Hardy was the first firefighter in the family to attend a university.
Shares an agent with Ewan McGregor: Lindy King. Hardy has a tattoo with his agent's name on his left arm.
Won "The Big Breakfast's Find Me a Supermodel" competition at age 21 in 1998 (and with it a brief contract with Models One).
Has written two television series with Kelly Marcel, both of which have sold to production companies.
One of Variety magazine's Top Ten Actors to watch (2009).
Auditioned for the role of Mr. Darcy in Joe Wright's adaptation of Pride & Prejudice (2005) and nearly won the role but inevitably lost to Matthew Macfadyen.
He battled alcoholism and a crack cocaine addiction in his early-to mid-twenties, but has been sober since 2003.
Has worked with Chris Pine in the action comedy This Means War (2012). Both stars appeared in the very popular Star Trek series. Tom appeared in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) and Chris starred in Star Trek (2009).
Is the only actor to play a villain in a Star Trek film (Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)) and a Batman film (The Dark Knight Rises (2012)).
Ranked #17 on Empire Online list of the 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in 2013.
His performance in Bronson (2008) and Matthias Schoenaerts' performance in Rundskop (2011), were Steven Ogg's inspirations to play Trevor Phillips in Grand Theft Auto V (2013). Steven Ogg revealed his inspirations at the New York Comic-Con in October 2013. Hardy and Schoenaerts starred together in The Drop (2014), a film directed by Michaël R. Roskam, the same director of Bullhead (2011).
He assumed that Christopher Nolan cast him as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) because of his performance in Bronson (2008). He later found out that Nolan thought he would be a good fit based of his performance in RocknRolla (2008) and had not even seen Bronson (2008).
Was cast as Rick Flag in Suicide Squad (2016), but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with The Revenant (2015). Joel Kinnaman (his co-star in Child 44 (2015)) replaced him.
Good friends with Benedict Cumberbatch. They starred together in Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). Both stars also appeared in the very popular Star Trek series. Tom appeared in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) and Benedict appeared in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
Has appeared in two films with Jason Clarke: Lawless (2012) and Child 44 (2015).
He loves Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Capoeira.
Had been considered for the role of John Connolly in the crime drama Black Mass (2015), but dropped out. Joel Edgerton (his co-star in Warrior (2011)) replaced him.
Was cast in Takashi Miike's English-language debut, "The Outsider", a film about Yakuza, but he dropped out. Miike dropped out of the project as well.
Has appeared in four films with his idol Gary Oldman. These include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Lawless (2012), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Child 44 (2015).
Has co-starred in two films with his friend Noomi Rapace: The Drop (2014) and Child 44 (2015). They play each other's love interest in both films.
Leonardo DiCaprio convinced him to read the screenplay of The Revenant (2015) and take the role of John Fitzgerald. They became friends after starring together in Inception (2010).
Has starred in two films with his friend Vincent Cassel: The Reckoning (2002) and Child 44 (2015).
Was set to star as climber George Mallory in Doug Liman's Everest, but dropped out.
Interviewed Matthias Schoenaerts, his co-star in The Drop (2014), for the May 2015 issue of Interview magazine. During the interview, Hardy expressed his desire to work with Schoenaerts again.
Had been considered for the role of John Connor in Terminator Genisys (2015), which went to his co-star Jason Clarke.
Hugh Jackman has expressed his desire to see Hardy take over the role that made him famous, Wolverine in the X-Men films.
Has worked with Idris Elba in the crime comedy RocknRolla (2008). Both stars appeared in the very popular Star Trek series. Tom appeared in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) and Idris appeared in Star Trek Beyond (2016).
Jacob Tomuri worked as Hardy's stunt double in three movies: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Legend (2015) and The Revenant (2015). During the promotion of Fury Road, Hardy brought Tomuri for press junkets to be interviewed as well.
In 2012, he played a role where he wore a mask for much of the film's runtime (The Dark Knight Rises (2012)). In 2013, he played a role where he was inside a vehicle for much of the film's runtime (Locke (2013)). In 2015, he combined the two...playing a role that, for much of the film's runtime, had him both inside a vehicle and wearing a mask (Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)).
Parents are Edward "Chips" and Anne (Barrett) Hardy.
Ranked #1 on IMDb's "Top Stars" in 2012, 2015 and 2017.
As of 2018, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Inception (2010), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), The Revenant (2015) and Dunkirk (2017).
Has played both Charles Salvador (Bronson (2008)) and the Kray twins (Legend (2015)) who used to be very good friends in real life.
The little finger on his right hand is permanently bent - he stabbed a knife into a chopping board and severed a tendon in his finger. This took three operations to be able to close his finger to make a fist, but it can not straighten.
Enjoys watching reality TV shows to get ideas for characters. He said: "It's great people-watching. I'll steal characters from Come Dine with Me (2005). Because they're real people. I take something from everybody. I'll steal you at some point...".
Has starred in two films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in 2016: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) and The Revenant (2015).
Hardy and his The Dark Knight Rises (2012) co-star, Christian Bale, were both nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2016.
The British indie rock band Trampolene named a song after him. The song was released on February 26, 2016.
In 2009, director Nicolas Winding Refn (whom he worked with on Bronson (2008)) announced that Hardy would portray polemic and controversial English occultist, Aleister Crowley, in a biopic but as of 2016, the project has not been developed.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Drama. He is an actor in Surrey, England.
He was considered for the role of Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange (2016), which went to Benedict Cumberbatch. Although he was cast as Eddie Brock/Venom in another Marvel universe in Sony Pictures' Venom (2018).
Tom Hardy has appeared in various military dramas including his breakout role in HBO's Band of Brothers (2001). He can also be seen in Black Hawk Down (2001) and Dunkirk (2017).
In 2015, Tom Hardy starred with Leonardo DiCaprio in director Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant (2015). The film garnered 12 Academy Award nominations, including Hardy's first nomination for supporting actor.
Tom Hardy can also be seen as Batman's nemesis Bane in director Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises (2012), as Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), and as Tommy Conlon in the mixed martial arts drama Warrior (2011).
Very early in his career, he also worked as a rapper and hip hop producer with his friend Edward Tracy. Both performed under the name "Tommy No 1 + Eddie Too Tall" and even recorded a mixtape ("Falling On Your Arse In 1999"), which remained unreleased until January 2018.
In 2010, Hardy became an ambassador for The Prince's Trust, a leading youth charity which provides training, personal development, business start-up support, mentoring and advice. In 2012, he and his fiancée actress Charlotte Riley became supporters of Bowel Cancer UK.
Pictured as the character Shinzon on one of a set of 18 British commemorative postage stamps issued 13 November 2020, celebrating the "Star Trek" television and film franchise. Stamps were issued as 12 individual stamps, honoring captains and crew members; and 6 stamps in a single souvenir sheet, highlighting heroes and villains. All stamps were nondenominated and marked first class (76p on day of issue). Others honored by this set are William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Jason Isaacs, Leonard Nimoy, Marina Sirtis, Alexander Siddig, Dominic Keating, Sonequa Martin-Green, Shazad Latif, Simon Pegg, Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Alice Eve, and Idris Elba.
Has one son with ex-girlfriend Rachael Speed, Louis Thomas Hardy (born April 8, 2008). Tom and his wife Charlotte Riley have two children, born October 2015 and December 2018.
Shares the same agent as Olivia Colman. They have worked together in Locke (2013) and London Road (2015).
Screenwriter and producer Brett C. Leonard is the godfather of his son Louis Thomas Hardy.
Speaks French fluently. As a child, he grew up going with his parents to the South of France.
Has English and Irish ancestry.