Tom Hardy (born September 15, 1977) is an English actor who usually shows up in action or gangster films. Best known for his collaborations with ChristopherNolan, and for radically changing his body for his roles.
!! Selected roles of Tom Hardy:

* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'': Private John Janovec
* ''Film/BlackHawkDown'': Twombly
* ''Film/{{Bronson}}'': Michael Peterson/Charles Bronson
* ''Cicero'': Al Capone
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': Bane
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'': Eames
* ''Film/{{Lawless}}'': Forrest Bondurant
* ''Film/LayerCake'': Clarkie
* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'': "Mad" Max Rockatansky
* ''Film/MarieAntoinette'': Raumont
* ''Film/RockNRolla'': Handsome Bob
* ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'': Shinzon
* ''StuartALifeBackwards'': Stuart
* ''Sucker Punch (No, not ''that'' Film/SuckerPunch''): Rodders
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Take_(TV_series) The Take]]'': Freddie Jackson.
* ''Film/ThisMeansWar'': Tuck
* ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy'': Ricki Tarr
* ''Film/{{Warrior}}'': Tommy Conlon
* ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' (2008 adaptation): Heathcliff
!! Tropes about Tom Hardy:
* {{Badass}}: He prepared for the role of psychopathic hyper-violent criminal and serial hostage-taker by visiting him in his cell and befriending him. He also told Bronson his [[http://www.imdb.com/news/ni0709435/ mustache looked gay.]]
* TheBigGuy: He began taking roles requiring muscular physiques after ''{{Bronson}}''. In an interview for that film, he admitted that playing a muscular character who beats people up would probably be good for his career. Hence making Hardy suitable for roles like Bane.
* {{Bishonen}}: He tends to be this when he isn't [[TheBigGuy packing on]] [[DyeingForYourArt muscle for his roles.]]
* CareerResurrection: He's been a hot property again since ''{{Inception}}''.
* DyeingForYourArt: Hardy got ''[[TheBrute enormous]]'' for ''{{Bronson}}'', then used that experience to land other musclebound roles in ''Film/{{Warrior}}'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Hardy's performance as Bane in ''The Dark Knight Rises'' provides an example
* OldShame: You're unlikely to hear him discussing ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' anytime soon. With good reason, sadly -- the failure of that film, coupled with fan ire against him for things that weren't really his fault, drove him to drink and to the brink of suicide, since what was to be his big break became a near StarDerailingRole.
* PromotedFanboy: Was a huge Batman fan growing up and stated he had trouble doing fight scenes as it felt like he was beating up his childhood hero. He has also worked three times with Gary Oldman, whom he considers his hero and his main inspiration for becoming an actor.
* RomanceOnTheSet: Met his fiancee Charlotte Riley on the set of ''Literature/WutheringHeights''.
* StarMakingRole: Eames in ''{{Inception}}''.