Date of Birth: September 15th 1977
English stage, film and television actor, better known simply as Tom Hardy.
Hailing from East Sheen, London Hardy began his career in war dramas. He studied at the Drama Centre, London, but left early for the part of United States Army Private John Janovec in the award-winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. He made his feature film debut in Ridley Scott's war thriller Black Hawk Down (2001).
In 2002, Hardy remained in the United Kingdom for the independent film Dot the i, sharing the bill with Gael García Bernal. He then traveled to North Africa for Simon: An English Legionnaire, a story of the French Foreign Legion. In the same year, he gained some heavy international exposure as the Reman Praetor Shinzon, a clone of USS Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) in Star Trek Nemesis. He returned to England to feature in the 2003 thriller LD 50 Lethal Dose.
Hardy was awarded the 2003 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his performances in Blood and Arabia, We'd All Be Kings performed at the Royal Court Theatre and Hampstead Theatre. He was also nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer of 2003 in a Society of London Theatre Affiliate for his performance in the aforementioned production of Arabia, We'd All Be Kings.
In 2007, he appeared in the BBC2 drama based on a true story - Stuart: A Life Backwards. Tom played the lead role of Stuart Shorter, a homeless man who had been subjected to years of abuse and went on to commit suicide.