Edward Thomas "Tom" Hardy is an English actor.
Hardy, an only child, was born in Hammersmith, and raised in London. His mother, Elizabeth Anne, is an artist and painter of Irish Catholic descent, and his father, Edward "Chips" Hardy, is an advertisement and comedy writer.
Hardy studied at two private schools, Reed's School and Tower House School, then at Richmond Drama School, and subsequently at the Drama Centre London.
He began his career in war dramas, winning the part of United States Army Private John Janovec in the award-winning HBO and BBC miniseries 'Band of Brothers'. He made his feature film debut in Ridley Scott's 2001 war thriller 'Black Hawk Down'. He is best known for playing the title character in the 2009 British film 'Bronson' and in films 'Star Trek Nemesis', 'RocknRolla', 'Inception' and in the upcoming film 'The Dark Knight Rises'.
Hardy married Sarah Ward in 1999; they divorced in 2004.
He has a son, Louis Thomas Hardy (born 2008), with ex-girlfriend Rachael Speed. Reportedly, in an interview with 'Now' magazine, Hardy says that he has "played with everything and everyone" but now that he's in his thirties he is done experimenting. In July 2010, Hardy proposed to actress Charlotte Riley after a year of dating.
Allegedly, Hardy battled alcoholism and a crack cocaine addiction in his early-to mid-twenties, but has been sober since 2003.