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THOR: THE DARK WORLD

Shortly after he was seen in a production of "A Streetcar Named Desire," British actor TOM HIDDLESTON (Loki) garnered his first television role in Stephen Whittaker's adaptation of "Nicholas Nickleby" for ITV, starring Charles Dance, James D'Arcy and Sophia Myles. Roles followed in two one-off television dramas, "Conspiracy" and the Emmy Award-winning "The Gathering Storm," co-produced by HBO and the BBC.

Hiddleston graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2005 and, within a few weeks, landed the role of Oakley in the British independent film, "Unrelated" by first-time director Joanna Hogg. Hiddleston was then cast as Alsemero in "The Changeling" by Thomas Middleton, starring alongside Olivia Williams and Will Keen for the award-winning theatre company Cheek By Jowl. For "The Changeling," Hiddleston was nominated for the 2006 Ian Charleson Award. In 2007 Cheek By Jowl once again asked Hiddleston to perform for them as the hero, Posthumus Leonatus, and the anti- hero Cloten, in Declan Donnellan's production of Shakespeare's late romance, "Cymbeline."

Later that summer, Hiddleston shot the period BBC drama, "Miss Austen Regrets," starring as John Plumptre alongside Olivia Williams, Imogen Poots, Hugh Bonneville and Greta Scacchi. It went on to win both BAFTA Award and a Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award. Then Hiddleston was invited to audition to play Cassio in Michael Grandage's production of "Othello" at the Donmar Warehouse, starring Ewan McGregor, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kelly Reilly.

Hiddleston was nominated twice in the category of Best Newcomer at the 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards for "Cymbeline" and "Othello" and won the category for his performance in "Cymbeline."

In 2008 Hiddleston joined forces with Kenneth Branagh again to film the first series of "Wallander," a BAFTA and Broadcasting Press Guild Award-Winning and Emmy, Golden Globe and Satellite Award-nominated television series based on the detective novels by Swedish author Henning Mankell. In the same year, Hiddleston went on to star in the Donmarv Warehouse/West End production of Chekhov's "Inanov," again opposite Kenneth Branagh, as well as Gina McKee and Andrea Riseborough. As well as shooting the second series of "Wallander" in 2009, Hiddleston also starred in the second series of the highly acclaimed BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning "Return to Cranford," starring opposite Judi Dench and Jonathan Pryce. In 2009, Hiddleston also filmed Joanna Hogg's second film "Archipelago," in which he played the lead role.

2011 saw Hiddleston excel in a number of projects, including Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" and Terence Davies' "The Deep Blue Sea" opposite Rachel Weisz. Hiddleston is perhaps best known for his role as the villain Loki in Kenneth Branagh's "Thor" for Marvel, a role that he reprised in the 2012 blockbuster hit movie "Marvel's The Avengers."

Last year Hiddleston was nominated for a BAFTA for the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award and for the Evening Standard Film Award as Best Actor for his role in "Archipelago." Hiddleston was the winner of the British Rising Star Award at The Richard Attenborough Regional Film Awards and won Best Male Newcomer for his role in "Thor" at the 2012 Empire Awards.

Hiddleston was most recently seen portraying Prince Hal in "Henry IV Parts 1&2" and the title role in "Henry V," which aired last summer as part of the highly anticipated Cultural Olympaid. Hiddleston won the Times Breakthrough Award for this role at the 2013 South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

Due for release this year, Hiddleston stars opposite Tilda Swinton, John Hurt and Mia Wasikowska in Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive." The film recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in-competition for the prestigious Palme d'Or award. This year Hiddleston will also be seen in a cameo role in Joanna Hogg's "Exhibition."

In December, Hiddleston will make his return to one of the smallest stages in London's West End, the Donmar Warehouse, to play the title role in Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," directed by Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke. The production will run from December 6, 2013 - February 8, 2014.

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