Tom Hardy‘s closer to the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie than ever, thanks to the hiring of his close friend Kelly Marcel as script writer, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to stare at some gorgeous pics of the star and update our Tom Hardy factfile! Enjoy, ladies.
Tom Hardy’s life and his acting career is all here in pictures – from his birthday on 15th September, 1977 and his roles in Band Of Brothers, Star Trek, Inception and Warrior to The Dark Knight Rises, Lawless and Mad Max: Fury Road. On October 9th, 2012, we updated the slideshow to 70 HOT pictures and facts about Tom. In the future he’ll star in Doug Liman’s Everest, Greg Williams’ Samarkand, Al Capone biopic Cicero, The Long Red Road, and maybe even the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie now his best friend Kelly Marcel is writing the script.
Tom’s workout secrets are searched daily by men wanting the same body he built for Warrior, Bronson and The Dark Knight Rises – so what are his fitness secrets? The handsome British actor has been on our radar ever since starring in Nicolas Winding-Refn’s Bronson, and has starred alongside actors including Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine, Josh Hartnett, Gary Oldman, Shia LaBeouf and many more.
Tom’s had some amazing leading ladies too, including his fiancee Charlotte Riley, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain and CharlIze Theron. His bad boy tattoos and past just add to his allure, although the body ink has to be covered for his role as Batman villain Bane. Tom is also a devoted father to Louis Hardy too, (whose godfather is his personal trainer, Patrick P-Nut Monroe), and is set to get married soon to boot!
Click through our gallery of Tom Hardy pictures and facts and find out more about the hot British actor – will he play Christian Grey in the 50 Shades Of Grey movie?
Tom’s sported a uniform for many of his roles, including Warrior, Sergeant Slaughter: My Big Brother, Black Hawk Down, and Band Of Brothers. We like…
Tom might look dapper at premieres, but don’t expect him to know how to tie a bow tie – he wore a clip on at Cannes, he told GQ: "I had a hooked-on bowtie from here at the Martinez Hotel. I did have one of these tie-your-own bow ties, but I was like, ‘Oh s**t.’ I can do Windsor knots and normal knots, but I don’t know how to tie a fucking bow tie. I went to public school, but not a really posh one like Prince Harry’s. So I had the Martinez bow tie. You know, with, like, a Velcro bit. Like a real movie star."
Tom might look dapper at premieres, but don’t expect him to know how to tie a bow tie – he wore a clip on at Cannes, he told GQ: “I had a hooked-on bowtie from here at the Martinez Hotel. I did have one of these tie-your-own bow ties, but I was like, ‘Oh s**t.’ I can do Windsor knots and normal knots, but I don’t know how to tie a fucking bow tie. I went to public school, but not a really posh one like Prince Harry’s. So I had the Martinez bow tie. You know, with, like, a Velcro bit. Like a real movie star."
Tom arrived on set for his role in Lawless with a bizarre inspiration in mind for his tough character, Forrest Bondurant, he told French GQ: "I based my character on the [cartoon] grandmother of Tweety and Sylvester. The mother of the Bondurant boys was swept away by the Spanish flu and it is my character Forrest, the eldest brother, who replaced her. To a man, it’s complicated to put on a maternal image. Observing the grandmother in Tweety and Sylvester helped me imagine what it would be like to be the mother of another."
Villainous roles are fun for Tom, he told Access Hollywood: “I always love playing a bad guy because you get to say what you want, do what you want, full stop. Whereas as a lead, you have to do as you’re told, which is boring.”
Tom was born in Hammersmith on September 15th, 1977, and grew up in East Sheen.
Tom knows what’s important in his life, and takes those things very seriously, he told Marie Claire: "There are two things that are great in my life. One is my family and the other is my work, and I will protect them both to the death."
Tom’s first attempt at blockbuster success was playing Star Trek villain Shinzon in Star Trek Nemisis… but sadly for him, the film bombed.
Tom starred with current Captain James T. Kirk Chris Pine in romcom This Means War, with Reese Witherspoon.
Tom is the son of comedy writer, Chips Hardy, and Anne, a painter.
His first tattoo (of many) was a fighting leprechaun on his right bicep, which he got at the age of fifteen. He says it was to honour his mum’s Irish heritage, but it made her cry. Oops…
Tom put his own spin on Bill Sikes in the BBC adaptation of Oliver Twist, telling the Sunday Times: “In previous versions, there has been a kind of hamminess to Sikes. He has been played as a towering rock of emotionless violence. Oliver Reed’s portrayal, magnificent as it was, showed him as a Neanderthal beast, and you did wonder what Nancy was doing with him. In Sarah’s script she sees much more tenderness in the relationship. In the end, he kills Nancy, but he is haunted to his own grave by her death.”
At the age of 21, Tom won The Big Breakfast’s ‘Find Me A Model’ competition, and a contract with Models One.
Tom’s been married once – he wed Sarah Ward in 1999, three weeks after meeting her in Covent Garden. The couple divorced in 2004.
Tom has no siblings – he is an only child.
Tom’s had to wear a lot of wigs in his movies, like Marie Antoinette, and he’s really not a fan: "I don’t like wigs the way some people don’t like clowns." Sounds like more of a fear to us!
Tom went to private schools in London while growing up – Reed’s School, and Tower House School, before attending Richmond Drama School.
Tom has many tattoos now, and says he gets one every time he finishes a project or goes through something – his most recent one reads ‘II O&R’, which stands for ‘To Observe and Reflect’, which he explains as “my acting creed.”
Tom attended Drama Centre London, studying under the same teacher Anthony Hopkins based Hannibal Lecter’s mannerisms on! He left early to join Steven Spielberg’s famous miniseries, Band Of Brothers, with Homeland’s Damian Lewis, David Schwimmer, and many other well-known faces.
He then starred in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down, alongside Josh Hartnett, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana AND Ewan McGregor. Hot.
Tom’s first name ISN’T Thomas, his full name is Edward Thomas Hardy. Hmm, Ed Hardy? We’re glad he went with Tom…
In 2004 he was nominated for a prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer. SO talented.
Tom’s a father – he welcomed Louis Thomas Hardy into the world on April 8th, 2008 with his girlfriend at the time Rachael Speed.
Tom and Rachael met on the set of TV miniseries The Virgin Queen, where she was an assistant director, and he played Robert Dudley opposite James McAvoy’s wife, Anne-Marie Duff.
Bronson was the film that made Hollywood sit up and take notice, with his role as the notorious British prisoner making waves among execs, directors, and actors alike.
Tom is a big fan of the ballet, and goes to see The Nutcracker every year, as well as being a supporter of the English National Ballet.
Since playing a homeless addict in amazing TV movie Stuart: A Life Backwards, Tom has been heavily involved with Cambridge-based homeless charity FLACK, as well as The Prince’s Trust and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, among others. Recently he drove across Siberia to raise money for them, and his adventure will be aired on TV later this year.
The Dark Knight Rises producer (and Christopher Nolan’s wife) Emma Thomas explained how Tom changes drastically for his roles: “He would walk in and he’d look quite slim and slender… then he would hold his body in a different way and sort of stick his gut out, do something with his shoulders and suddenly you’d see exactly what it is he’s going to do [as Bane].”
Tom is engaged to actress Charlotte Riley, who is set to become a big name – she’s just been cast opposite Tom Cruise in upcoming movie All You Need Is Kill.
Tom met Charlotte on the set of Wuthering Heights, where they played doomed lovers Heathcliff and Cathy.
Luckily for Tom, they worked together immediately after that ITV movie, on Sky miniseries, The Take.
Tom says he find the light in some of his dark roles, telling the Guardian: "I do like to find comedy – not boom boom, but circumstance, an incongruous character juxtaposed with a certain situation. My old man is a comedy writer – he wrote for Dave Allen and he writes adverts, and I grew up around that. I have an acute awareness that I’m selling something – lying and keeping a straight face. I was incredibly boring as a child, but I had a sense of humour."
In a 2008 Out Magazine interview, Tom admitted to getting a bit posessive of his on-screen crush Gerard Butler while they had salsa dancing lessons for RockNRolla: ”During our lessons these really gay dancers were trying to put it on Butler. They just made me want to snuggle Gerard a bit tighter, lick his top lip a bit.”
Aww – Tom proposed to Charlotte in 2010, a year after they got together.
Tom has agreed to fight boxer David Haye for charity… the date is to be determined. Here he is with boxer Joe Calzaghe.
Tom’s a Virgo – are you compatible?
To play Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, Tom Hardy bulked up with the help of his personal trainer – and his son’s godfather – Patrick ‘P-Nut’ Monroe.
As a teenager, Tom was once pulled over by police in a stolen Mercedes, with a gun in the car. He wasn’t arrested only because he was with a diplomat’s son! In the end, Tom didn’t actually pass his driving test until just before his son Louis was born.
In 2003 he entered rehab for drug and alcohol addiction – he’s been clean and sober ever since.
Tom idolised Gary Oldman growing up, and now they’ve worked together three times, on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Lawless, and The Dark Knight Rises.
Tom’s last appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show seemed to end with the star angry at Jonathan after he showed a clip of his modelling days. Tom was joking though, and showed it with a glint in his eye and a cheeky squeeze of the talkshow host’s bum!
Shia LaBeouf’s gushing fan letter to him following Bronson led to the pair working together in recent release, Lawless – an adaptation of book The Wettest County In The World.
Tom has a permanently curled in pinky finger, reportedly as a result of a kitchen knife injury he didn’t get fixed when he was younger.
There’s a naked photo of Tom in the women’s loos at the Groucho Club in London… Who’s coming with us to check it out?
In order to save Reese having to answer who was the better kisser between him and Chris Pine on the set of This Means War, Tom interrupted interviewers to say that it was always him!
Tom was cast in Inception not because of Bronson, but because of a less-serious role he took on. During press for Warrior, Tom said: "Funny enough, Christopher Nolan never watched it. He liked me in Rocknrolla. I played the gay getaway driver."
Tom attended the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in a matte black custom Audi R8 convertible, provided by the company that taught him to drive while he filmed RockNRolla. It’s alright for some!
Tom won BAFTA’s Rising Star Award in 2011, but didn’t attend the ceremony as he was on holiday with his family and didn’t think he would win! Oops…
Tom isn’t just an actor, he’s got a production company called Executive Options, and he’s set to produce his first movie – about a ’60s biker gang – next year.
Tom’s first role also included his very first sex scene, of which he told Esquire: "Yeah, that was a baptism of fire… She was gorgeous….I was terrified! It wasn’t half as closed a set as I thought it was gonna be. They kept saying they could see my pants, so I wound up with a flesh-coloured pouch gaffer-taped over me balls! Took a load of hair out when I ripped it of after. Band of Brazilians, more like!"
Tom is currently filming Mad Max: Fury Road, alongside Nicholas Hoult, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoe Kravitz, and Charlize Theron – it’s the role she shaved her head for. We can’t wait to see it!
Tom says that shooting guns in his movies comes fairly naturally to him – "My Dad had a firearms certificate and we used to shoot rifles, semi-automatic pistols…things like that. I like guns. One of the instructors at Fort Benning [for Black Hawk Down] said I had a good eye."
After being a Spice Girl, Mel B took a step into acting and was in a movie with Tom! This rare shot of Tom and his LD50: Lethal Dose costar Mel B from the early 00’s was shared on Twitter.
In an early interview, Tom told Esquire that he’s not a huge fashion fan: "I’m not a dedicated follower. When I want to scrub up I wear Dunhill suits, maybe Ted Baker. My ‘Dorchester security’ look."
Tom was grateful to his director on Black Hawk Down, Ridley Scott, who let him do his own stunt on set – he was set on fire!
Director Christopher Nolan cast the then fairly-unknown Tom in his blockbuster Inception, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, and liked him so much he then cast him as villain Bane in his final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises.
Tom Hardy and his The Reckoning costar Vincent Cassel reminisced over a feud Tom had with fellow Brit actor, Paul Bettany, when Vincent interviewed him for French magazine, Premiere: VC: "Are you allowed to talk about under which circumstances we met and how that anecdote involves Paul Bettany during the filming of The Reckoning?" TH: "Go ahead! Don’t be afraid to incriminate me!" VC: "So, would you advise someone who’s shooting their first movie, to take a swing at the lead actor because he’s saying bad things about you?" TH: "I didn’t hit him, I slapped him. I didn’t want to leave a mark on his face." VC: "Good thinking." (laughs)
Tom was out in Africa filming when 9/11 took place. Talking to The Wrap, he said: "I was doing a French Foreign Legion film, and I was going out to North Africa, Morocco. We’d just done Black Hawk Down, and they shelved that immediately. There were a lot of war films that year being made. A lot of work was being done in North Africa. Everyone had started panicking. And I was executing holy men in a scene three days later in a mosque in Morocco. So it was a very odd situation to be in, because there I was, playing a soldier in North Africa. We had a plane on standby to get us out if anything kicked off. Immediately, it was a life-changing event. I have friends who serve, I have a lot of friends in special forces, I have very, very close friends who deal in very serious operations all over the Middle East that were affected post-9/11 … I’m still really thrown by the loss and the amount of people on that day, and that whole situation, to be honest. I’m a bit thrown. I’ve got friends who were in the building, in the twin towers. I have friends who are servicemen… What can you say?”
Tom doesn’t love talking about his past indiscretions, he told the Guardian: "People don’t know me yet, so I know they want to hear this stuff. They can hear it once, then let’s talk about something else. I’ll be done with it. When I’m 40 I’ll be cantankerous and badgery about it. When I’m 50 I’ll slap young interviewers and swear. When I’m 70 I’ll be incorrigible."
Tom and Damian costarred as love rivals in ITV miniseries, Colditz long before either of them shot to massive fame!
Tom says that getting big leading roles like Mad Max make him feel pressure to be brilliant, for those who didn’t get the part: "If you look round Hollywood there’s no end of white smiles and six packs. Long lines of beautiful people lining up to be incredible on film. Lots of people who want this part. I have a responsibility to those who didn’t make it to the pitch."
Tom says that he doesn’t really watch films in his spare time, telling GQ: "I play Xbox. I have a little boy to look after. I have dogs. You know, I have things to do. I would love to be able to sit down and watch something like a movie. I watch my own movies because I have to. Because we’re at a premiere. But to sit down and watch a whole movie at home? I don’t have that kind of time. We do sit and watch hourly chunks, like The Dog Whisperer. That’s my life. You know what I mean?"
Tom admitted it was hard to lose weight to star in Stuart: A Life Backwards when he spoke to IndieLondon: Absolutely. But Stuart: A Life Backwards was a brilliant part that an actor like me would totally want to do. So, you just do it. It’s much less daunting once you’ve put your foot on the road to it. I’m a notorious couch potato and I don’t like exercise. Half an hour of physical exercise, like jogging or fast walking a day is a start. Then there’s your diet. You cut out sugars, fat, soy sauces… anything that’s nice. Tea and coffee is replaced by boiling water with lemon. It’s amazing how quickly you get into it. There’s also herbal tea and a lot of water, obviously… about two litres a day… It’s about motivation and it has to be something that’s realistic for you to keep up."
Tom revealed that his own experiences with alcoholism caused his roles in Stuart and Warrior to be quite cathartic for him: "I felt very much at home with the sadder side of Tommy, but it’s not a territory I need to dwell in. I don’t need to discuss or work around the abuse that surrounds alcoholism and dysfunction in families who suffer from that disease because it’s something I can draw on from personal experience. It was actually quite cathartic, and I felt a responsibility to those who understand that world and those who don’t and to open a window on it."
Before he got most of his tattoos, he spent a lot of time shirtless while being put through gruelling Foreign Legion tasks in his movie Deserter – so here’s a glimpse of him without the majority of all that body ink.
While filming RockNRolla he watched Madonna (director Guy Ritchie’s wife at the time) administer a vitamin injection in to Gerard Butler’s bum! He told Out magazine: “It was her basically saying, ‘Gerard, I don’t want you f**king up my husband’s film,’ There she is in the back of the car, slipping in from the roof, and appearing like the Terminator —*the* f**king Madonna.”
Talking to Marie Claire, Tom revealed that he was dangerously close to death in the distant past: "There was a point when I could have been dead. [Rehab] was the end of a childhood which had gone on too long, that didn’t grow into adulthood and wasn’t going to work alongside my profession,’
Tom’s plans for his time in the desert while shooting Mad Max: Fury Road were set when he was interviewed by the Guardian a few years ago: "The amount of time away is daunting – I’m just getting settled as a responsible man – but if you split the elephant into little mouthfuls it will be fine. I can use the time in the desert to paint or meditate."
Tom was asked his thoughts on personal style by American GQ, and gave a typically unique answer: "Like this grooming and styling thing? It’s f**king poodles. Human poodles. I feel sorry for a poodle because he’s a dog. You know, a dog is a fucking great creature. They would do anything for you. And the poodle gets a haircut. No one asks if the poodle wants his hair cut like that. Do they? They just f**king cut his hair like that. And he just walks around. And everyone is like, ‘Why is that poodle so snarky?’ ‘F**k you’." Something tells us he’ll never make his dogs get a hair cut…
The Fifty Shades Of Grey movie is being written by Tom’s friend Kelly Marcel, who he wrote two comedy pilots with – Candy Chops, and Kickapoo Dust. Does that mean he’s got the edge on other actors in the fight to play Christian Grey?