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TOM HARDY has quickly become one of Hollywood's most sought-after actors. He most recently appeared in Christopher Nolan's critically hailed INCEPTION, 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 and became the 24th highest grossing film of all time.

Hardy rejoined Nolan on THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. He plays the villain role of Bane opposite Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman.

Other films include WARRIOR, opposite Joel Edgerton, the story of two estranged brothers facing the fight of a lifetime, an inspirational action drama from director Gavin O'Connor (MIRACLE); also 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 stars in the Cold War thriller, TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY with Colin Firth and Gary Oldman.

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.

Hardy hails from England and 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; STAR TREK: NEMESIS; 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." Additional credits 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 theater workshop/gym called Shotgun at London's Theatre 503.

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