10 Surprising Facts About The Highly-Acclaimed Actor Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy is one of the biggest rising stars in Hollywood, with a lot of great movies under his belt and roles that turned him into one of the most critically acclaimed actors. At 40 years old, the artist is now on top of the world, with his latest war drama directed by Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk and the TV series, Taboo, which enjoyed a lot of success.

Though he recently became so famous, we’ve been seeing the British actor since the early 2000s, playing in movies such as Inception, The Dark Night Rises or Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Here are 10 interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tom Hardy:

1. He used to rock the catwalk, back when he was just 21 he won a modelling competition.

2. He battled drug addiction, alcoholism and delinquency in his teens and early twenties.

3. His debut film was Ridley Scott’s 2001 Black Hawk Down, but the part was so short you probably missed it.

4. He has an unconditional love for dogs, he had a dog named Max, a name given by him to honour the movie Mad Max from 1979. Years later, Hardy played the lead character in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

5. He has a 7 year old son named Louis, whom he has with ex-girlfriend Rachael Speed. He married Charlotte Riley in 2014 and welcomed their first child together in 2015.

6. He has a big heart, he is an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust Youth Charity.

7. After working together on the set of Inception in 2010, Leonardo DiCaprio convinced him to read the script for The Revenant, 2015, and take the role of John Fitzgerald.

8. He takes his inspiration from reality TV shows. Hardy once said that he stole characters from Come Dine with Me, 2005, stating that it’s great people watching and there’s much to be learnt from real people.

9. He was a colleague of another male rising star, Michael Fassbender. They attended the Richmond Drama School in London, stating that he was the best actor in that school.

10. Director Cristopher Nolan stated recently that the reason why Tom Hardy covers his face a lot in movies is due to the fact that his eyes are really expressive. He can do so much more with his eyes than others who use their entire body.

You simply can’t not like Tom Hardy, he’s an excellent actor! Share these interesting facts with your friends!