Tom Hardy: The 'Peaky Blinders' Star's Rise To Fame

Tom Hardy: The 'Peaky Blinders' Star's Rise To Fame
September 15, 2020 - 15:02 / Anna Valenzuela Rosas

Tom Hardy, Peaky Blinders star, has easily become one of the most well-respected actors of our time because of his incredible ability to adapt to the most insane roles. Since his start in Black Hawk Down, Tom has conquered more and more impressive roles! Check out his rise to fame here!

Tom Hardy, Peaky Blinders star, has had a meteoric rise to fame since he first broke into Hollywood in the 2000s. From supervillains to gangster twins, Tom has had an incredible run so far on the screen. This is Tom Hardy!

Tom Hardy, Peaky Blinders Star's Rise To Fame

Tom Hardy was born on September 15th, 1977, in Hammersmith, London to a painter and novelist parents. He studied at Richmond Drama School and the Drama Centre London as a young lad, idolizing greats like Gary Oldman. He has always been incredibly handsome, and at the age of 21, he won The Big Breakfast's Find Me a Supermodel competition before he first landed the role in Band of Brothers and Black Hawk Down

He continued to gain attention in hits like RocknRolla where he played charming gay gangster "Handsome Bob", and even performed on stage like in The Long Red Road, directed by the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman! Then, in 2010, Tom won a BAFTA Rising Star award for his portrayal of "Eames" in his first (but not last) Christopher Nolan film Inception. He went on to star in Warrior, This Means War, and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight series as supervillain "Bane". It was this role that really shot him into the public eye. 

Tom Hardy in 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

Tom is able to adapt to any role, from a supervillain to a simple bootlegger in Lawless to head Jewish gangster "Alfie Solomons" in Peaky Blinders. Then in 2015, he earned his starring role as deranged "Max" in Mad Max: Fury Road and received tons of positive critical reception for his part in the box-office hit. That same year he also starred as twin gangsters "Reggie and Ronnie Kray" in the crime thriller Legend and in Alejandro G. Iñárritu's award-winning The Revenant as psychopathic and self-preserving "John Fitzgerald". 

Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy in 'Legend'.

Tom has become a favorite of critically acclaimed director Christopher Nolan's and was cast in the World War II film Dunkirk. He also began producing his own show like the BBC hit Taboo that featured his own father Edward "Chips" Hardy! He most recently was seen in Marvel's Venom and was unrecognizable in the Al Capone biopic Capone!

Tom was once married to producer Sarah Ward for a short few years before divorcing in 2004 and having a son with his girlfriend Rachael Speen in 2008. They too separated until he struck up his beautiful romance with actress Charlotte Riley whom he met on the set of Wuthering Heights. The two married in July 2014 and had a son in 2015 and another boy in 2018! 

Tom Hardy in 'Mad Max'.

Tom Hardy Interesting Facts!

  • Tom was briefly a rapper under the name "Tommy No. 1"
  • For his role as Charles Bronson in Bronson, Tom met the real-life prisoner himself and became friends. Bronson was impressed with Tom's ability to mimic him and said only Tom could properly play him.
  • He was in co-star Rizwan Ahmed's (a.k.a. Riz Mc) music video for "Sour Times."
  • Tom was featured in a deleted scene of Star Wars: The Last Jedi!
  • Tom is rumored to be in the running for the new "James Bond" once Daniel Craig is finished as "Bond"!