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
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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