Tom Hardy is a 43-year-old actor from London, England, who’s starred in big productions such as “Inception” (2010), “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012), “Dunkirk” (2017), and the popular BBC drama series, “Peaky Blinders”. With a resume like that, you wouldn’t expect an actor to be struggling to make rent. And you’d be right. But none-the-less, it might take you by surprise to learn exactly how much he’s worth these days. To find out exactly what kind of fortune Tom Hardy is sitting on, read on.
How Much is Tom Hardy Worth?
In the interests of transparency, we should probably point out we don’t have access to Tom Hardy’s bank statements. The exact state of his finances is something only he and his accountants know. But thanks to the likes of Wealthy Gorilla and Celebrity Net Worth, we can take a pretty good guess. So, exactly how much is Hardy worth? $45 million. Yes, the man who rose to fame in a breakfast TV modeling competition now ranks among the richest actors in the UK. How did he make it? Ultimately, by being very good at what he does. But that modeling competition didn’t exactly hurt matters either.
The Early Years
Hardy was born on September 15, 1997, in Hammersmith, London. His mother is an artist and his father is a writer. He got interested in acting from a young age and later went on to study at Richmond Drama School and the Drama Centre London. Despite his early immersion in the theater, it was actually his looks, rather than his talent, that first got him noticed. In 1998, he competed on The Big Breakfast’s “Find Me a Supermodel” competition. After stealing the crown, he was signed to the modeling agency, Models One. The exposure led to him landing a supporting role in the BBC miniseries “Band of Brothers” (2001). His feature film debut came shortly after in Ridley Scott’s war thriller, “Black Hawk Down” (2001). To go from a Channel 4 breakfast show to a Ridley Scott film in the space of two years was a huge achievement. But things were about to get even better.
In 2002, Hardy landed the role of Reman Praetor Shinzon, the clone of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, in “Star Trek: Nemesis.” The film gave Hardy his first taste of international success, something he capitalized on with his subsequent performances in the likes of “Dot the I” (2003), “LD 50 Lethal Dose” (2003), “EMR” (2004), and “Layer Cake” (2004). His appearances in a series of BBC productions, including the miniseries “The Virgin Queen” (2005), the BBC Two drama “Stuart: A Life Backwards” (2007), and “Oliver Twist” (2007), sent his star rocketing even further in the UK.
In 2009, Bronson landed the titular role of Charles Bronson in the film, “Bronson.” To play the infamous convict, Hardy packed on 42 pounds and even met Bronson on enough occasions for the two to forge an unlikely friendship. According to tom-hardy.co.uk, Bronson was so impressed by Hardy’s physical transformation, he said he was the only person who could play him. “Bronson” earned rave reviews on its release (including from Bronson’s mother), earning Hardy the first of two British Independent Film Awards for Best Actor.
In 2010, Hardy won the role of Eames in the science fiction thriller, “Inception” (2010). Again, the film proved a massive hit with both audiences and critics, earning Hardy BAFTA glory when he was awarded the much coveted Rising Star award. Over the next couple of years, Hardy worked prodigiously, following up one hit movie with another. Some of his most notable projects from this period include “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2011), “Warrior” (2011), “This Means War” (2012), “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012), “Lawless” (2012), and “The Drop” (2014) “Child 44” (2015), “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015), “Legend” (2015), “London Road” (2015), and “The Revenant” (2015). His performance alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Domhnall Gleeson, and Will Poulter in “The Revenant” earned Hardy his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. At around the same time, he made his return to TV in the hugely successful BBC period crime drama, “Peaky Blinders.”
In 2017, Hardy made one of the boldest moves of his career when he starred in, co-created, and produced the eight-part BBC television show, “Taboo”. Working alongside him on the project was his father, Edward “Chips” Hardy. The dark, often brutal storylines portrayed in the series proved controversial. Even so, the show received favorable reviews, with critics calling out Hardy’s incredibly watchable performance for praise. “Taboo” also managed to bag Hardy a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor in a Drama/Genre Series and a C21’s International Drama Award for Best Male Performance in a Drama Series. The show has since been recommissioned by the BBC for two further seasons, although as yet, no release date has been confirmed.
In the same year that “Taboo” hit our screens, Hardy joined Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, and Harry Styles in the action-thriller, “Dunkirk”. His performance was again hailed as the standout highlight of the movie. From there, he joined the Marvel Universe when he starred as Eddie Brock/Venom in “Venom” (2018). In 2020, he played the eponymous gangster in Josh Trank’s Al Capone biopic, “Capone.” Although Trank’s script was roundly criticized, Hardy won favorable reviews for his performance.
Hardy’s life could have gone in a very different direction. In his mid-20s, he struggled with addiction to alcohol and crack cocaine. He’s since said he was “out of control” on drink and drugs. After hitting a low point, he entered rehab. These days, he’s clean, happily married to actress Charlotte Riley and the father of two children. In addition to serving as an ambassador for the UK charity the Prince’s Trust, he also works alongside the Reorg Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Foundation as a lead ambassador.
Just over 20 years ago, Hardy was ‘discovered’ in a minor modeling competition. In the years since then, he’s worked tirelessly to overcome chronic addiction and become one of the hottest British exports in years. At the age of 43, he already has a body of work behind him that would be the envy of any industry veteran. And he’s far from done. Give it a few more years, and that $45 million net worth will be even bigger.