Tom states that his destructive past behavior, which included substance abuse, robbery, and fighting, were a result of insecurity and self-hatred.
Tom believes that his lead role in Stuart: A Life Backwards is his "Taxi Driver moment" and the best role he will ever have.
Tom Hardy stage credits (year produced, play name, role):
2007 Man of Mode (Dorimant)
2004 Festen (Michael)
2003 Blood (Lucca)
2003 The Modernists (Vincent)
2003 In Arabia We'd All Be Kings (Skank)
Tom's grandfather is an army veteran and was a member of Britain's Special Air Services Regiment (SAS).
At 15, Tom and a friend were arrested for driving a stolen car and gun possession, but Tom was not charged with any crime.
Tom is a recovered alcoholic and drug addict.
Tom and his partner, Rachael Speed, welcomed a son, Louis Thomas Hardy, born on April 8, 2008.
Tom created a theatre company, Shotgun, in 2006 with director Robert Delamere.
Tom was a model for a short time after winning The Big Breakfast Find Me A Model contest in 1998.
Tom married his wife Sarah on January 2, 1999, after they knew each other for three weeks. They are now divorced.
In 2003, Tom was awarded the London Evening Standard Theatre Award for "Outstanding Newcomer" for his performances in Blood and In Arabia We'd All Be Kings.
Tom's father, Chips Hardy, received a scholarship to Cambridge becoming first in his family to attend a university.
Tom studied Method acting at the Drama Centre London. One of his teachers, Christopher Fettes, was a mentor to Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Tom's talent agent, Lindy King, also represents Ewan McGregor and Keira Knightley.
His height is 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Tom: (commenting on his destructive past) From a very young age I was flagrantly disobedient. I got involved in anything that was naughty. I wanted to explore all the dark corners of the world, partly to see if I could control it.
Tom: (upon receiving a 2003 Outstanding Newcomer award) Those whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first call Promising.
Tom: (referring to his less than perfect teeth) These are the reason that I'll never have a career in Hollywood.
Tom: I don't like quiet. I don't like having to sit with myself. But no matter where you go, there you are. I hate being on my own. The lights are always on, if you see what I mean. I'm learning to sit still but it's hard. Really hard.
Tom Hardy: Absolutely terrifying. The whole situation. No matter how much you can prepare for it, there's nothing worse than the anticipation. It's always the killer of everything. The actuality of doing something is normally a lot easier than the waiting for it.
(on his role in the movie "Star Trek Nemesis")
Tom Hardy: Yeah, that's what's so fantastic about the script. Young actors don't get the opportunity to have a multi-faceted character. They normally get stuck with a whiney adolescent who's worried why no one fancies him, or why he can't have this girl, or why he doesn't fit in properly - which is dull, to be quite honest.
Tom: You don't step on stage to eat, you go there to be eaten.
Tom Hardy: (Speaking of his Shinzon action figure) My action figure is great! It's big and bald. It's very disturbing to look at a toy and see yourself. At the same time, it's very cool.