Oscar Actors: Hardy, Tom–The Revenant

TOM HARDY received an Oscar nomination last year, for Best Supporting Actor, for his performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s epic frontier drama The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Released in 2015, “The Revenant” was only one of five feature films in which the actor starred that year.  Hardy played the title role in George Miller’s dystopian blockbuster “Mad Max: Fury Road,” for which he won a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actor in an Action Film.  He also portrayed the notorious identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray, who ruled the East End of London in the 1950s and `60s, in Brian Helgeland’s crime drama “Legend,” for which he won a British Independent Film Award for Best Actor.  In addition, he starred in Rufus Norris’s mystery thriller “London Road,” and “Child 44,” with Gary Oldman.  As a result, the London Critics’ Circle presented Hardy with their prestigious British Actor of the Year Award honoring all of his performances in 2015.

“Dunkirk” marks Hardy’s third collaboration with director Christopher Nolan.  They first worked together in 2010 on the thought-provoking hit thriller “Inception,” alongside an international cast led by DiCaprio.  They reunited on the 2012 blockbuster “The Dark Knight Rises,” in which Hardy played the ruthless masked villain Bane, alongside Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard.

Hailing from Great Britain, Hardy was studying at the prestigious Drama Centre London when he was offered his breakout role in HBO’s award-winning World War II miniseries “Band of Brothers,” executive produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.  His feature film debut came shortly after when he was cast in Ridley Scott’s 2001 war drama “Black Hawk Down” followed the next year by Stuart Baird’s sci-fi adventure “Star Trek: Nemesis.”

In 2008, Hardy garnered global attention for his captivating on-screen transformation as a real-life, notoriously violent convict in the title role of Nicolas Winding Refn’s drama “Bronson,” winning the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor for his performance.  The British Academy of Film and Television Arts further recognized Hardy’s achievements by honoring him with their Rising Star Award in 2011.

The actor’s subsequent film credits include lauded roles in Gavin O’Connor’s boxing drama “Warrior,” with Nick Nolte and Joel Edgerton; Tomas Alfredson’s thriller “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” with Gary Oldman, for which Hardy earned another British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor; John Hillcoat’s Depression-era crime drama “Lawless,” which premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival; Steven Knight’s thriller “Locke,” for which he received his third British Independent Film Award nomination and won a Los Angeles Film Critics Award, both for Best Actor; and Michaël R. Roskam’s critically acclaimed crime drama “The Drop.”

On television, Hardy currently stars in the FX/BBC period drama series “Taboo,” which he also co-created and executive produces.  Additionally, he has a recurring role on the BBC series “Peaky Blinders,” with Cillian Murphy.  In 2008, Hardy earned a Best Actor BAFTA TV Award nomination for his performance in the HBO movie “Stuart: A Life Backwards,” and portrayed Heathcliff in the 2009 ITV production of “Wuthering Heights.”  His small screen credits also include the telefilms “Oliver Twist,” “A for Andromeda,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Gideon’s Daughter,” and “Colditz,” as well as the BBC miniseries “The Virgin Queen.”

On stage, Hardy has starred in numerous plays in London’s West End, including “Blood” and “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings,” winning the Outstanding Newcomer Award at the 2003 Evening Standard Theatre Awards for his work in both productions and an Olivier Award nomination for the latter.  In 2005, Hardy starred in the London premiere of Brett C. Leonard’s “Roger and Vanessa.”  His stage work also includes Rufus Norris’s adaptation of “Festen,” at the Almeida; “The Modernists,” at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre; “The Man of Mode,” for the National Theatre; and the 2010 world premiere of Leonard’s “The Long Red Road,” directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

In addition to performing, Hardy is also the Founder and CEO of UK production company Hardy Son & Baker (HSB), which he formed in 2012 with partner Dean Baker. HSB most recently partnered with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions to produce the drama series “Taboo,” which debuted earlier this year on the BBC in the U.K. and FX in the U.S.  The company’s feature projects in development include the highly anticipated screen adaptation of the comic series “100 Bullets”; an untitled Shackleton project, based on the renowned British explorer Ernest Shackleton who led multiple expeditions to the Antarctic; and an untitled Don McCullin project, based on the life of the legendary British war photographer.  On the television front, HSB has several new scripted series for NBCUniversal International in development, including screen adaptations of Adam Hamdy’s crime thriller Pendulum, as well as Warren Ellis and Jason Howard’s science fiction graphic novel series Trees.

Hardy also serves as an Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF), and Help for Heroes.