Edward Thomas Hardy (born 15 September 1977) is an English actor and producer. His motion picture debut was in Ridley Scott's 2001 action film Black Hawk Down. Hardy's other notable films include the science fiction film Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), the crime film RocknRolla (2008), biographical psychological drama Bronson (2008), sports drama Warrior (2011), Cold War espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), crime drama Lawless (2012), drama Locke (2013), mobster film The Drop (2014), and the biographical western thriller The Revenant (2015), for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He portrayed "Mad" Max Rockatansky in the post-apocalyptic film Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), and both of the Kray twins in the crime thriller Legend (2015). He has appeared in three Christopher Nolan films: the science fiction thriller Inception (2010), the superhero film The Dark Knight Rises (2012), as Bane, and the action-thriller Dunkirk (2017), based on the British evacuation in World War II. Hardy has been cast as Eddie Brock/Venom in a live-action film adaptation of the same name , set to be released in 2018.
Hardy's television roles include the HBO war drama miniseries Band of Brothers (2001), the BBC historical drama miniseries The Virgin Queen (2005), ITV's Wuthering Heights (2008), the Sky 1 drama series The Take (2009), and the BBC historical crime drama television series Peaky Blinders (2013). He created, co-produced and took the lead in the eight-part historical fiction series Taboo (2017) on BBC One and FX.
Hardy has performed on both British and American stages. He was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his role as Skank in the 2003 production of In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, and was awarded the 2003 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his performances in both In Arabia We'd All be Kings and for his role as Luca in Blood. He starred in the 2007 production of The Man of Mode and received positive reviews for his role in the 2010 Philip Seymour Hoffman-directed play The Long Red Road.Contents
Hardy was born in Hammersmith, London, the only child of Anne (née Barrett), an artist and painter of Irish descent, and Edward "Chips" Hardy, a novelist and comedy writer. He was brought up in East Sheen, London. He studied at Tower House School, Reed's School, and Duff Miller Sixth Form College. To further his acting ambition, Hardy later studied at Richmond Drama School, and subsequently at the Drama Centre London.Career 1998–2009 Hardy and Nicolas Winding Refn promoting Bronson
In 1998, Hardy won The Big Breakfast's Find Me a Supermodel competition at age 21 (and with it a brief contract with Models One). Hardy joined Drama Centre London in September 1998, and was taken out early after winning the part of US Army Private John Janovec in the award-winning HBO-BBC miniseries Band of Brothers. He made his feature film debut in Ridley Scott's 2001 war thriller Black Hawk Down. In 2003, Hardy appeared in the film dot the i, and then travelled to North Africa for Simon: An English Legionnaire, a story of the French Foreign Legion. In the same year, he gained some heavy international exposure as the Reman Praetor Shinzon, a clone of USS Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: Nemesis. He then returned to the UK to feature in the 2003 film LD 50 Lethal Dose.
Hardy 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 and Hampstead Theatre. He was also nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer of 2003 in a Society of London Theatre Affiliate for his performance as Skank in the aforementioned production of In Arabia We'd All Be Kings. Hardy appeared in the 2005 BBC miniseries The Virgin Queen as Robert Dudley, a childhood friend of Elizabeth I. The miniseries portrays them as having a platonic, though highly romantic, affair throughout her reign over England during the 16th century. Hardy featured in the BBC Four adaptation of the 1960s sci-fi series A for Andromeda.
In 2007, he appeared in BBC Two's drama based on a true story, Stuart: A Life Backwards. He played the lead role of Stuart Shorter, a homeless man who had been subjected to years of abuse and whose death was possibly a suicide. In February 2008, he played a drug-addicted rapist in the British horror-thriller WΔZ. In September 2008, he appeared in Guy Ritchie's London gangster film, RocknRolla; Hardy played the role of gay gangster Handsome Bob. Though a sequel to RocknRolla, titled The Real RocknRolla, has been rumoured to be in production, in which Hardy will reprise the role of Handsome Bob, filming has yet to commence on the project. In early 2009, Hardy starred in the film Bronson, about the real-life English prisoner Charles Bronson, who has spent most of his adult life in solitary confinement. For the film, he put on three stone (19 kg/42 pounds).
In June 2009, Hardy starred in Martina Cole's four-part TV drama The Take on Sky One, as a drugs and alcohol fuelled gangster. The role gained him a Best Actor nomination at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards. In August 2009, he appeared in ITV's Wuthering Heights, playing the part of Heathcliff, the classic love character who falls in love with his childhood friend Cathy.2010–present George Miller, Charlize Theron and Hardy promoting Mad Max: Fury Road at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
In early 2010, Hardy starred in The Long Red Road at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. The play was written by Brett C. Leonard and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hardy won some good reviews for his portrayal of Sam, an alcoholic trying to drink away his past. In 2010, he starred as Eames in Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller Inception for which he won a BAFTA Rising Star award. Hardy replaced Michael Fassbender in the 2011 film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, released on 5 September 2011 at the 68th edition of the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica in Venice. In March 2010, Hardy signed a first look deal at Warner Bros.
In 2011, Hardy starred in the film Warrior, which was released on 9 September 2011 by Lionsgate Films. His performance as Tommy Riordan, who is trained by his father to fight in a mixed martial arts tournament against his brother, gained praise from critics. Hardy also starred in This Means War, a 2012 romantic comedy film directed by McG. He played the supervillain Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, the final film in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, released on 20 July 2012. He played a bootlegger in John Hillcoat's Lawless (2012). Hardy has signed up to play the lead role of Sam Fisher in Ubisoft's upcoming film adaptation of their video game series Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell. He also appeared in Riz Mc's music video for the song "Sour Times".
In 2014, Hardy starred in the film The Drop alongside James Gandolfini, in what would be the latter's final appearance in a feature film before his death. Hardy also joined the cast of the BBC series Peaky Blinders in its second series. He portrays Alfie Solomons, the head of a Jewish gang and runner of a distillery which disguises itself as a bakery.Hardy at the premiere of Locke in 2014
Hardy starred in five films in 2015. The first, Child 44, set in 1950s Soviet Union, saw him playing Leo Demidov, a Soviet secret police agent who investigates a series of child murders. Despite mild praise for his acting, Child 44 was reviewed negatively by critics and was a box office failure. Hardy then played the title character, Max Rockatansky, in the 2015 Mad Max: Fury Road. His performance was praised by critics and overall the film received critical acclaim and became a box office success, grossing over $378 million against a $150 million budget, becoming the highest-grossing film in the Mad Max franchise. He played a dual role as London gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray in the crime thriller Legend (2015). On 7 December 2015, Hardy won Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards for his portrayal of the Kray twins, and on the same night attended the premiere of the biographical western thriller The Revenant, in which he co-stars with Leonardo DiCaprio, at Leicester Square, London. On 14 January 2016 Hardy received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Revenant.
Hardy co-starred in Christopher Nolan's 2017 action-thriller Dunkirk, based on the British military evacuation of the French port of Dunkirk in 1940 during the Second World War. He appeared alongside Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and Harry Styles. He will also star as iconic war photographer Don McCullin in a film based on McCullin's autobiography, Unreasonable Behaviour. He will star in Josh Trank's Al Capone biopic Fonzo.
In 2017, Hardy stars in the BBC One television drama series Taboo. It is created by Steven Knight, Hardy and his father, Edward "Chips" Hardy, from a story written by Tom. He helped to produce this eight-part series which FX air in the US. In May 2017 it was announced that Hardy will star in Venom, as Eddie Brock / Venom based on the Marvel Comics source material. The film will be released on 5 October 2018 and will be the start of "Sony's Marvel Universe" (along with Silver and Black) but will be connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as an "adjunct" film.Personal life Hardy at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival
In 1999, Hardy married Sarah Ward, a producer, but the marriage ended in divorce in 2004. From 2003 to 2004, he was in a relationship with actress Linda Park. They lived together in London and also co-starred in the play Roger and Vanessa in 2004.
Hardy has a son called Louis born in 2008, with his girlfriend Rachael Speed, an assistant director, whom he met on set of The Virgin Queen in 2005. They separated in 2009 after four years together.
In 2009, Hardy began a relationship with actress Charlotte Riley; they met on the set of Wuthering Heights and married in July 2014. In October 2015, their first child together was born. They had two rescued dogs, Max and Woodstock, one of which Hardy appeared with in a PETA advert to promote pet adoption. Woodstock passed away on 5 June 2017 due to an aggressive case of polymyositis.
In 2010, Hardy became an ambassador for the Prince's Trust, a leading UK youth charity which provides training, personal development, business start up support, mentoring, and advice. In 2012, he and Riley became patrons of Bowel Cancer UK. Prior to the inaugural Invictus Games held in London in September 2014, Hardy along with other entertainers and athletes read the poem "Invictus" in a promotional video.
Hardy was named one of GQ magazine's 50 best dressed British men in 2015. One of the highest profile actors in contemporary British popular culture, Hardy appeared on Debrett's 2016 list of the most influential people in the UK. He has named actor Gary Oldman as his "hero", adding that he imitated scenes from the actor while at drama school. Hardy has said that he was 'out of control' on drink and drugs before he turned his life around, and was lucky that he did not contract HIV while he was at his lowest. The actor was addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine until his mid-20s, after which he checked himself into rehab. During the filming of Bronson Hardy met with Britain's most notorious prisoner several times and the two became good friends. Bronson was impressed with how Hardy managed to get just as muscular as he was and how well he could mimic his own personality and voice. Bronson has stated he believes Hardy was the only person who could play him.Filmography Film Year Title Role Notes 2001 Black Hawk Down Lance Twombly Credited as Thomas Hardy 2002 Star Trek: Nemesis Shinzon 2003 Reckoning, TheThe Reckoning Straw 2003 dot the i Tom 2003 LD 50 Lethal Dose Matt 2004 EMR Henry 2004 Layer Cake Clarkie 2006 Marie Antoinette Raumont 2006 Minotaur Theo 2006 Scenes of a Sexual Nature Noel 2007 Flood Zack 2007 WΔZ Pierre Jackson 2007 Inheritance, TheThe Inheritance Dad 2007 Stuart, A life backwards Stuart Shorter 2008 Sucker Punch Rodders 2008 RocknRolla Handsome Bob 2008 Bronson Charles Bronson / Michael Peterson 2009 Thick as Thieves Michaels 2009 Perfect Doctor Short film 2010 Inception Eames 2011 Sergeant Slaughter, My Big Brother Dan Short film 2011 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Ricki Tarr 2011 Warrior Tommy Riordan Conlon 2012 This Means War Tuck Hansen 2012 Dark Knight Rises, TheThe Dark Knight Rises Bane 2012 Lawless Forrest Bondurant 2013 Locke Ivan Locke 2014 The Drop Bob Saginowski 2015 Child 44 Leo Demidov 2015 Mad Max: Fury Road Max Rockatansky 2015 London Road Mark 2015 Legend Ronald Kray and Reginald Kray 2015 The Revenant John Fitzgerald 2017 Dunkirk Farrier 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi First Order Stormtrooper Post-production; cameo Television Year Title Role Notes 2001 Band of Brothers John Janovec 3 episodes 2005 Colditz Jack Rose 2 episodes 2005 Virgin Queen, TheThe Virgin Queen Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester 3 episodes 2005 Gideon's Daughter Andrew Television film 2006 A for Andromeda John Fleming Television film 2006 Sweeney Todd Matthew Television film 2007 Cape Wrath Jack Donnelly 5 episodes 2007 Oliver Twist Bill Sikes 5 episodes 2007 Stuart: A Life Backwards Stuart Shorter Television film 2008 Wuthering Heights Heathcliff 2 episodes 2009 Take, TheThe Take Freddie 4 episodes 2013 Poaching Wars Himself 2 episodes; also executive producer 2014–present Peaky Blinders Alfie Solomons 7 episodes 2017–present Taboo James Delaney 8 episodes; also co-creator and executive producer 2017 CBeebies Bedtime Stories Himself 5 episodes Stage Year Title Role Notes 2003 In Arabia We'd All Be Kings Skank Hampstead Theatre, London 2003 The Modernists Vincent Crucible Theatre, Sheffield 2003 Blood Luca Royal Court Theatre, London 2004 Festen Michael Almeida Theatre, London 2007 The Man of Mode Dorimant National Theatre, London 2010 The Long Red Road Sammy Goodman Theatre, Chicago Awards and nominations Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Tom Hardy See also