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TOM HARDY (Tommy Conlon) has quickly become one of Hollywood's most sought after actors.

Hardy most recently appeared in Warner Bros' critically acclaimed film, "Inception,” directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard and Ellen Page, the film centers on a corporate espionage thief who secretly extracts valuable information from the unconscious mind of his targets while they are dreaming. The film was released in July 2010 becoming the twenty-forth highest-grossing film of all time.

Hardy is currently in production on Warner Bros' "The Dark Knight Rises” directed by Christopher Nolan. He will play the villain role of ‘Bane' opposite Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman.

He recently wrapped "This Means War” directed by McG. The story centers on two CIA agents and best friends (Hardy and Chris Pine) who fight over the affections of Reese Witherspoon's character. In addition, Hardy recently wrapped Universal's Cold War thriller "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” opposite Colin Firth and Gary Oldman.

Hardy is next set to start production on George Miller's new post-apocalyptic Mad Max movie, "Fury Road,” opposite Charlize Theron; as well as Red Wagon's "The Wettest County,” opposite Shia LaBeouf and Jessica Chastain. The film will be directed by John Hillcoat and produced by Doug Wick. 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 recent 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.

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” feature "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 TV 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 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 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,” under the direction of Robert Delamere. He and Delamere also run a theatre workshop/gym called Shotgun at London's Theatre 503.

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