TOM Hardy could be the next James Bond – replacing Daniel Craig’s 007 – say reports.
The revelation is no surprise, given that Hardy has won hearts all over the world as one of Britain's most talented and versatile actors, and one of Hollywood's leading men.
How old is Tom Hardy?
Tom Hardy is 43 years old.
The star was born Edward Thomas Hardy in Hammersmith, London, in September 1977.
He is an only child to his parents who also come from an artistic background.
His mum Anne is a painter and artist, while his dad Edward "Chips" Hardy is a novelist and comedy writer.
Hardy won TV show The Big Breakfast's Find Me a Supermodel competition when he was 21, securing a contract with Models One.
But acting was always his passion, and he had to leave drama school early after landing a role in award-winning mini-series Band of Brothers as US Army Private John Janovec in 2001.
How tall is Tom Hardy?
Tom Hardy stands 5ft 9ins (175.3 cm) tall – a tad shorter than Daniel Craig's 5ft 10ins stature.
And he showed shades of Bond back in 2017, when he went charging after a moped thief in Richmond.
The actor was said to have gone into 'superhero mode' — vaulting walls and trampling over people's gardens — as he chased the criminal, who'd crashed the stolen moped.
He soon caught the man, grabbed him by the scruff of his neck and patted him down for weapons.
After performing the citizen's arrest, he told witnesses: "I caught the c***".
What is Tom Hardy's net worth?
It's believed that the 10th James Bond – assuming reports are correct – is worth about £27.2million (US $35m).
What films has Tom Hardy starred in?
The hunky actor has developed something of a reputation for playing the bad guy, due to some of the roles he has taken on over the years.
Aside from being a renowned Hollywood heart-throb, he is of course also famous for acting as notorious Jewish gangster Alfie Solomons in hit series Peaky Blinders.
In 2001, the Brit made his feature film debut in Ridley Scott's war thriller Black Hawk Down.
Since then, Hardy has starred in some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters and most critically acclaimed films.
He has worked alongside Christopher Nolan on Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, Inception and Dunkirk.
Hardy starred in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in 2011, performing the role of Ricki Tarr.
In 2015 he won praise from fans and pundits for his leading roles in Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant.
Hardy played Charles Bronson, Britain's most notorious criminal, in 2008 as well as taking on the role of famed East End gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray in Legend, in 2015.
He was unflappable Spitfire pilot Farrier in Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk.
Hardy also starred as investigative journalist Eddie Brock in superhero film Venom in 2018.
The Brit plays the notorious American gangster Al Capone in new 2020 film which documents a year of his life towards the end of his days.
A number of critics praised Hardy's performance, hailing it as a "career-best".
When it comes to accolades, in 2011 Hardy won the BAFTA Rising Star award after roles in Inception (2010), Warrior (2011) and Bronson (2008) which helped boost his profile even more.
He also won a Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor in an Action Movie for Mad Max: Fury Road in 2016.
The star was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in The Revenant at the 2017 Academy Awards but lost out to fellow Brit Mark Rylance.
News has now broke that Hardy appears to have snared the coveted James Bond gig.
However, there has been no official confirmation – as yet.
Superfans have long been trying to work out which famous face will take over from Daniel Craig, who has played Bond since 2006.
Who is Tom Hardy's wife?
In July 2014, Hardy tied the knot with fellow actress Charlotte Riley, 38, after five years of dating, having first met on the set of TV series Wuthering Heights.
The couple has one child together, who was born in October 2015 and is a sibling to Tom's son Louis, from a previous relationship.
Tom was formerly married to producer Sarah Ward from 1999 until 2004, with his alcohol and cocaine addiction rumoured to be one of the key reasons for their split.
Thankfully, Tom has been sober for over 10 years now, but has admitted in the past he would have "sold his mother for crack" at the peak of his addiction.
Hardy attended the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018.
The actor almost upstaged the happy couple after causing a stir online with his shaved head.
Fans called the star-studded ceremony "better than the Oscars" as Al Capone star Hardy earned one of the day's biggest reactions.
One tweeted: “Tom Hardy is at this wedding. This wedding is actually better than the Oscars.”
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