Tom Hardy is an English actor, producer, writer, and model. He made his film debut in 2001 in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down. He is well known for acting as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and for the title character in Marvel’s Venom. Further, Tom has also played notable roles in the films Warrior, Bronson, Star Trek Nemesis, and the Oscar-winning films Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant.
Tom has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, two British Academy Film Awards, and two Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, receiving the 2011 BAFTA Rising Star Award.
In 2015, Tom was named one of GQ magazine’s 50 best-dressed British men and appeared on a 2016 Debrett’s list of the most influential people in the United Kingdom. He was appointed in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to drama as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Tom enjoys practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu and trains at Roger Gracie’s affiliate schools. As of the 2020 year-end, he holds the rank of a blue belt and has won several jiu-jitsu competitions.
Tom Hardy Wins Jiu-Jitsu Competition
Tom Hardy gave a surprise this Saturday, 17th September, as he entered the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championships in Milton Keynes in a blue gi, beat all of his opponents, and returned home winning a gold.
Tom competed and won first place in his Division (MALE GI / BLUE / MASTER 3 (41+)). This division puts him at a high-level Blue Belt, the 2nd ranking color out of five (Black Belt being the highest).
The bystanders and other competitors were left stunned as Tom turned up at the school hall in Milton Keynes, England. A viral video on social media shows him putting submission holds on his opponent, with the crowd cheering him on.
This was not the first time Tom quietly turned up to a martial arts competition. Early in August, the actor won the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Wolverhampton, a tournament aimed at raising funds for military personnel, emergency service workers, and veterans. Tom is a trustee for REORG, a charity teaching jiu-jitsu for those with severe injuries and people suffering from PTSD and depression.
Tom Hardy Early Life:
Tom’s full name is Edward Thomas Hardy; he was born on 15th September 1977 in Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom. He was raised in London’s East Sheen suburb and is currently 45. Tom has a mixed ethnicity; from his mother’s side, he has Irish descent.
At 21, he had a temporary contract with the agency Models One after winning a modeling competition.
Tom battled alcoholism and crack addiction in his early- to mid-twenties; since 2003, he has been sober.
Tom Hardy Family Background:
Tom is the only child of Anne (née Barrett) and Edward John “Chips” Hardy. Anne is an artist and painter by profession, whereas Edward is a novelist and comedy writer.
Tom Hardy Education:
Tom attended Tower House School and later Reed’s School (boarding school). Further, Tom attended the Duff Miller Sixth Form College.
For his acting career, he studied at Richmond Drama School and the Drama Centre London, which is now part of Central Saint Martins.
Tom Hardy Physical stats:
Tom’s height is 5 feet 9 inches, and weighs around 76 Kg. In his forties, the actor is fit and healthy with unique muscular body physics. Further, Tom’s hazel grey and dark brown hair enhance his attractive personality.
Tom is a tattoo lover and made his first tattoo at the age of 15; after that has made plenty of them.
Tom Hardy Birth Signs:
Tom’s sun and star sign are Virgo, and his birth flower is Morning glory. Further, his birth sign modality and element is Mutable Earth. Tom’s birth sign duality is Passive, and the opposite sign is Pisces.
Tom Hardy’s Net worth:
Tom estimated net worth is $60 Million. His income is primarily from acting, production, modeling, promotions, and collaborations. According to various sources, his estimated annual payment is around $2 million.
Tom Hardy Relationship Status:
Tom married Sarah Ward (a producer) in 1999 and divorced in 2004. Later he met Rachael Speed (an assistant director) on the set of The Virgin Queen in 2005, and in April 2008, they had a son before separating in 2009. The same year, Tom began a relationship with actress Charlotte Riley after meeting on the Wuthering Heights set and married in July 2014. Tom and Charlotte have two children, one born in October 2015 and the other in December 2018.
The family had two rescue dogs, Max and Woodstock, and Tom appeared with Woodstock in a PETA advert to promote pet adoption. But unfortunately, Woodstock died on 5th June 2017 due to polymyositis.
Tom Hardy Career:
In 2002, Tom appeared in the film Dot the I; he then traveled to North Africa for Simon: An English Legionnaire. The same year, he gained heavy international exposure after being featured in Star Trek Nemesis as the Reman Praetor Shinzon, a clone of USS Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart). Tom returned to England to be cast in the 2003 LD 50 Lethal Dose thriller.
Further, Tom was awarded the 2003 London Evening Standard Theatre Award under Outstanding Newcomer for his performances in Blood and Arabia, “We’d All Be Kings.” The play was performed at Hampstead Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre. In 2004, he was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer in a Society of London Theatre Affiliate for his performance in the previous production of “We’d All Be Kings.”
In 2005, Tom appeared as Robert Dudley in The Virgin Queen’s BBC miniseries. Further, he featured A for Andromeda on BBC Four, the Richard Fell adaptation of the 1960s sci-fi series. In 2007, Tom appeared in the BBC Two drama based on a true story – Stuart: A Life Backwards. He appeared in the lead role of Stuart Shorter, and in September 2008, he appeared in a film named RocknRolla, directed by Guy Ritchie’s London gangster. He played the role of gay gangster Handsome Bob, one of the criminal gang members of the Wild Bunch, led by One Two (Gerard Butler), whom Bob has a crush on.
In early 2009, Tom starred in the film Bronson, based on the real-life prisoner Charles Bronson. This prisoner has spent most of his adult life in a holding cell, and Tom had put on three stones of muscle for this film.
Later, in June, Tom was featured in the Martina Cole-written 4-part TV drama The Take on Sky One as a drug and alcohol-fuelled gangster. The role helped him to achieve the Best Actor nomination at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards.
In August 2009, Tom played the part of Heathcliff in Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, the character who falls in love with his childhood friend Cathy (featured by Charlotte Riley).
In early 2010, Tom starred in The Long Red Road at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. The play was directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and was written by Brett C Leonard.
Further, Tom played the role of Paddy Conlon’s (Nick Nolte) son in the unreleased 2010 film Warrior, which was about a washed-up mixed martial artist. Later, in June 2010, Tom announced on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross that he would play the title role in a remake of Mad Max.
Tom, other than these, has also appeared in films including Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), Bronson (2008), RocknRolla (2008), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Warrior (2011), This Means War (2012), Lawless (2012), Locke (2013), The Drop (2014), and The Revenant (2015). He has featured in three Christopher Nolan films: Inception (2010), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and Dunkirk (2017). He also starred as Eddie Brock and Venom in the 2018 anti-hero film Venom and its sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021).
Tom is active in philanthropy work. In 2010, he became an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust. This UK youth charity provides training, business start-up support, personal development, advice, and mentoring. Further, In 2012, he and Charlotte became patrons of Bowel Cancer UK. An avid Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, Tom became the lead ambassador for the REORG Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Foundation. This foundation was launched in association with the Royal Marines Charity to provide a platform for serving personnel and veterans to learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu as part of their recovery pathway and combat mental health and physical disabilities.
Tom Hardy Social Appearance:
Tom is only active on Instagram, with more than 8.7M followers. His primary posts are of his film posters, pictures with his pet, and jiu-jitsu matches.
Tom Hardy is a well-known personality in the entertainment industry; he is also a perfect example that age does not matter when you want to accomplish your passion. Tom, in his forties, is practicing and participating in jiu-jitsu companionships and is truly an inspiration for us. Our best wishes are always with him.