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Thomas William "Tom" Hiddleston (born 9 February 1981), is an English actor, fimmaker, editer, musician, and cinematographer. At the beginning of his career, he appeared in West End theatre productions of Cymbeline (2007) and Ivanov (2008). He won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play for his role in Cymbeline and was also nominated for the same award for his role as Cassio in Othello.

He came to wider public attention when cast as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Thor: Ragnarok (2017),  Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). In 2011, he won the Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer and was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. Hiddleston has also appeared in Steven Spielberg's War Horse (2011), The Deep Blue Sea (2011), Woody Allen's romantic comedy Midnight in Paris (2011), the 2012 BBC series Henry IV and Henry V, and the romantic vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive(2013).

In late 2013 and early 2014, Hiddleston starred as the title character in the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus, winning the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor. In 2015, he starred in Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak, Ben Wheatley's High Rise, and played the troubled country music singer Hank Williams in the biopic I Saw The Light.

In 2016, he starred in and was an executive producer of the AMC / BBC limited series The Night Manager, for which he received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and Outstanding Limited Series, and won his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film.

Early life

Thomas William Hiddleston was born on 9 February 1981 in Westminster, London, the son of Diana Patricia (née Servaes) Hiddleston, an arts administrator and former stage manager, and James Norman Hiddleston, a physical chemist. His father is from Greenock, Scotland and his mother is from Suffolk. His younger sister, Emma, is also an actress, whilst his older sister, Sarah, is a journalist in India. Through his mother, he is a great-grandson of Vice Admiral Reginald Servaes and a great-great-grandson of food producer Sir Edmund Vestey. Hiddleston was raised in Wimbledon in his early years, and later moved to a village near Oxford. He started boarding at Windlesham House School at the age of seven, moving to the Dragon School in Oxford a year later. His parents divorced when he was 12. When discussing his parents' divorce in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, he stated: "I like to think it made me more compassionate in my understanding of human frailty." At the age of 13, Hiddleston started at Eton College, again as a boarder. He continued on to Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge, where he earned a double first in Classics. During his second term at Cambridge, he was seen in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire by talent agent Lorraine Hamilton of Hamilton Hodell. He proceeded to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which he graduated in 2005.

Career

2001–2010: Early work

While still doing student plays, Hiddleston began appearing on television, landing parts in Stephen Whittaker's adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby (2001) for ITV, the BBC/HBO co-production Conspiracy (2001), and as Randolph Churchill, the son of Winston Churchill, in the BBC/HBO drama The Gathering Storm (2002).

Upon graduating from RADA, Hiddleston was cast in his first film role, playing Oakley in Joanna Hogg's first feature film, Unrelated (2006). His sister Emma also appeared in the film as Badge. Casting director, Lucy Bevan, who cast him in the film said "there was just a fantastic confidence about him". Hiddleston had leading roles in Declan Donnellan's company Cheek by Jowl's productions The Changeling (2006), and Cymbeline (2007). For the latter he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play.

His Donmar Warehouse credits include Cassio in Michael Grandage's production of Shakespeare's Othello (2008) alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ewan McGregor, and Lvov in the West End revival of Chekhov's Ivanov (2008) with Kenneth Branagh.

Hiddleston was the voiceover for BBC's documentary on the Galapagos Island in 2006.

2011–2014: Career breakthrough

Hiddleston is well known for his portrayal of Loki in the 2011 Marvel Studios film Thor. He was invited to audition by Kenneth Branagh, the film's director, after having previously worked with Branagh on Ivanov and Wallander. Hiddleston said of Branagh, "Ken has had a life-changing effect. He was able to say to the executives, 'Trust me on this, you can cast Tom and he will deliver'. It was massive and it's completely changed the course of what is available to me to do. Ken gave me my break." In the beginning, he originally auditioned for the part of Thor. "I initially auditioned to play Thor. That was what I was being considered for, because I'm tall and blonde and classically trained, and that seemed to be the mold for what Thor was, he was to be a classical character. And it was in my auditions. I owe this entirely to Marvel and their open-mindedness, they saw something that they thought was interesting. They saw some temperament that they liked." The casting director gave Hiddleston six weeks to bulk up, so he went on a strict diet and gained twenty pounds of muscle.

In the end, Branagh decided he was more suitable as the antagonist and cast him as Loki. The film magazine Empire ranked Hiddleston's portrayal as Loki the 19th Greatest Movie Character of All Time.

In November 2010, Hiddleston appeared with Benedict Cumberbatch, Gemma Arterton, Eddie Redmayne and Rose Byrne among others in Danny Boyle's one time production of The Children's Monologues, in which he played Prudence, a young girl upset with her mother for her father leaving and excited for her birthday. The play was a one time event of adapted stories of children's first-hand experiences in South Africa being re-interpreted by and performed by various actors.

In 2011, Hiddleston portrayed novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald in writer-director Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. He then played the noble Captain Nicholls in War Horse, a film based on the 1982 novel by Michael Morpurgo, directed by Steven Spielberg. The same year he starred as Freddie Page, a RAF pilot in the drama The Deep Blue Sea, alongside Rachel Weisz. In 2012, he reprised his role as the supervillain Loki in The Avengers. While filming a scene with Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, the film's director, Joss Whedon told the fighting duo that the scene did not look real enough, so Hiddleston told Hemsworth to really hit him for the fight scene. "I said to Chris, 'Dude, just hit me. Just hit me because I'm protected here and it's fine.' He's like, 'Are you sure?' I was like, 'Yeah, it will look great. Just go for it.'" He provided the voiceover the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead in 2011 and poetry for iF Poems and The Love Book on iTunes in 2012.

On television in 2012, Hiddleston appeared in the BBC Two series The Hollow Crown, portraying Prince Hal opposite Jeremy Irons as Henry IV in the adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I and Part II. He later appeared as King Henry V in the television film Henry V. In 2013, Hiddleston played Loki again in Thor: The Dark World, following which he played a vampire in Jim Jarmusch's film Only Lovers Left Alive with Tilda Swinton and Mia Wasikowska.

From December 2013 to February 2014, Hiddleston played the title character in William Shakespeare's Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden directed by Josie Rourke. It was also aired live internationally on 30 January 2014.

David Benedict of Variety praised a "scorching" performance. He had a cameo in the 2014 film Muppets Most Wanted, as the Great Escapo.

2015–2020: Varied the roles

Hiddleston replaced Benedict Cumberbatch in the gothic horror film Crimson Peak, directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film started filming in Toronto in February 2014, and was released in October 2015. He starred as Robert Laing in High-Rise (2015), based on J. G. Ballard's novel of the same name and directed by Ben Wheatley. n January 2014, Hiddleston became a spokesperson for Jaguar Cars in their "Good to be Bad" ad campaign featuring British actors in villain-themed commercials to promote Jaguars new models. The first commercial of the campaign, titled "Rendezvous", first aired during the 2014 Super Bowl and featured Hiddleston along with Mark Strong and Ben Kingsley. In April 2014, Hiddleston starred in another commercial in the campaign, titled "The Art of Villainy". It was released on YouTube, promoting the F-Type coupe. However, the Advertising Standards Authority received complaints about the video "encouraging irresponsible driving". Jaguar Land Rover said that in the ad, when the car did leave the car park, it "accelerated briefly" and that police were present at filming to confirm the speed limit was not breached but the ASA ruled against it and banned the commercial. It was announced in June 2014 that Hiddleston would play country music singer Hank Williams in the 2015 biopic I Saw the Light, based on the 1994 biography. The film was directed by Marc Abraham, and was first shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released on 25 March 2016, by Sony Pictures Classics.

Hiddleston was one of the narrators in the 2015 documentary Unity directed by Shaun Monson. Hiddleston appeared as Jonathan Pine in the 2016 television mini-series The Night Manager based on the espionage and detective novel of the same name by John le Carré. The series started filming in Spring 2015 and aired on BBC and AMC with Hugh Laurie also starring. In 2017, Hiddleston starred in Legendary Pictures' King Kong film, Kong: Skull Island. On 8 November 2018, it was announced that Hiddleston would be reprising his role as Loki in a new Marvel limited series centred on the character which will air on Disney's upcoming streaming service, Disney+.

On August 17, 2018, Tom Hiddleston to join 2021 James Bond spinoff movie Twice Take The Chase, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, distributed by Universal Pictures.

2021–present: Updated of role and director

On April 3, 2019, Hiddleston to join Game of Thrones as the director of Game of Thrones Type Movie Trilogy.

Personal life and off-screen work

Hiddleston lives in the Belsize Park area of north-west London. He was one of the celebrities (alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, E. L. James and Rachel Riley, among others) to design and sign his own card for the UK-based charity the Thomas Coram Foundation for Children. The campaign was launched by crafting company Stampin' Up! UK and the cards were auctioned off on eBay during May 2014. He is a UK ambassador of the humanitarian and developmental assistance fund group UNICEF. He travelled to Guinea in early 2013 to help women and children and raise awareness about hunger and malnutrition, and to South Sudan in early 2015 and late 2016 to report the results of the ongoing civil war on the lives of vast numbers of children across the country. Hiddleston is a self-described feminist.

In February 2018 he was named as one of the donators by Justice and Equality Fund, the UK version of Time's Up movement.

Hiddleston was previously in a relationship with actress Susannah Fielding, who appeared with him in an episode of Wallander in 2008. Their relationship ended in late 2011. In 2016, Hiddleston dated singer Taylor Swift for several months.

Media image and acting style

One of the highest profile actors in contemporary British popular culture, Hiddleston appeared on Debrett's 2017 list of the most influential people in the UK. In 2015 he was named British Film Institute's first official founding ambassador. Hiddleston won the light-hearted UK award Rear of the Year 2016, in which the public nominate the male and female UK-based celebrities that they think should win the titular award. He has been named most stylist/best dressed man in several lists. Taffy Brodesser-Akner of GQ described his off-screen persona as "a sweet-natured bookworm given the face and body of the only man who should ever be allowed to wear a suit". Crimson Peak's director Guillermo del Toro and comic book writer Stan Lee have called him "the nicest guy on earth/you’ll ever meet" with del Toro adding that he ruined the usual barrier of being either nice, or good-looking. Kenneth Branagh noted that the first time he ever saw Hiddleston, playing Cassio in Othello, it was quite clear to him that he was an utterly naturalistic speaker of Shakespeare. Michael Billington of The Guardian, wrote that Hiddleston’s key acting quality is his ability to combine a sweet sadness with an incandescent fury, suggesting a fierce intellect gnawed by intense melancholy and yet subjecting to bouts of intemperate rage. Hiddleston spent nearly five weeks preparing for the role of Hank Williams, performing seven of the movie's soundtrack songs. He has claimed that Method acting isn't easy for him, because it doesn't help him as a collaborator. The Telegraph's Dominic Cavendish suggests that Hiddleston has got the theatrical acting chops to head up there among the greats, and The Independent's Paul Taylor that his range is beginning to look pretty limitless. David Fear of the Rolling Stone opines that there are two Tom Hiddlestons, the old-school movie star of Midnight in Paris, War Horse or The Night Manager, and the unpredictable, borderline weirdo version of him we can see in characters like Loki or in High-Rise, adding that Hiddleston refuses to settle on one specific kind of role.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes 2006 Unrelated Oakley
2010 Archipelago Edward
2011 Thor Loki
Midnight in Paris F. Scott Fitzgerald
War Horse Captain Nicholls
Friend Request Pending Tom Short film
2012 The Deep Blue Sea Freddie Page
Out of Time Man Short film
The Avengers Loki
Out of Darkness Male Short film
2013 Only Lovers Left Alive Adam
Exhibition Jamie Macmillan
Thor: The Dark World Loki
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Great Escapo Cameo
The Pirate Fairy James Hook Voice
2015 Unity Narrator Documentary
Crimson Peak Sir Thomas Sharpe
High-Rise Dr. Robert Laing
I Saw the Light Hank Williams
2017 Kong: Skull Island Captain James Conrad
Thor: Ragnarok Loki
2018 Early Man Lord Nooth Voice
Avengers: Infinity War Loki
2019 Avengers: Endgame Loki
2021 Twice Take The Chase TBA
2027 The Green Machine Lightning Mario Clone Voice
2028 The Mario and the Jambastions Movie 2

Television

Year Title Role Notes 2001 The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Lord Television film
2001 Conspiracy Phone Operator Television film
2001 Armadillo Toby Sherrifmuir Television film
2002 The Gathering Storm Randolph Churchill Television film
2005 A Waste of Shame John Hall Television film
2006 Victoria Cross Heroes Capt. 'Jack' Randle Episode: "The Modern Age"
2006 Suburban Shootout Bill Hazeldine 10 episodes
2006 Galápagos Charles Darwin (voice) Episode: "Islands that Changed the World"
2007 Casualty Chris Vaughn Episode: "The Killing Floor"
2008 Wallander Magnus Martinsson 6 episodes
2008 Miss Austen Regrets Mr. John Plumptre Television film
2009 Return to Cranford William Buxton 2 episodes
2009 Darwin's Secret Notebooks Charles Darwin (voice) Documentary
2012 Robot Chicken Lorax narrator (voice) Episode: "Butchered in Burbank"
2012 Henry IV Part I and Part II Prince Hal Television film
2012 Henry V Henry V Television film
2013 Family Guy Statue Griffin (voice) Episode: "No Country Club for Old Men"
2016 The Night Manager Jonathan Pine 6 episodes; also executive producer
2016 Trollhunters Kanjigar the Courageous (voice) Episode: "Becoming: Part 1"
2021 Loki Loki Limited TV Series (in development)

Theatre

Year Title Role Venue 1999 Journey's End Captain Stanhope Edinburgh Festival Fringe
2005 Yorgjin Oxo: The Man Yorgjin Oxo Theatre 503
2006 The Changeling Alsemero Cheek by Jowl/Barbican/European Tour
2007 Cymbeline Posthumus Leonatus & Cloten Cheek by Jowl/Barbican/World Tour
2008 Othello Cassio Donmar Warehouse
2008 Ivanov Lvov Donmar Warehouse
2010 The Children's Monologues Prudence Old Vic Theatre
2012 The Kingdom of Earth Lot Criterion Theatre
2013 Coriolanus Coriolanus Donmar Warehouse/Covent Garden Theatre
2017 Hamlet Hamlet Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
2019 Betrayal Robert Harold Pinter Theatre

Video game

Year Title Voice role Notes
2011 Thor: God of Thunder Loki Laufeyson N/A
2020-2022 Mario and the Jambastions Lightning Mario Clone He will portray the villain after the videogame trilogy has planned.
Mario and the Jambastions 2: The Time Twister Adventures
Mario and the Jambastions 3: The World of Gems

Filmmaker

Year Film Director Producer Writer Notes
2019-present Game of Thrones Yes Yes Yes also editer and cinematographer
2020 Killing Living People Yes Yes

Radio

Year Title Role Director Notes 2002 The Trial of the Angry Brigade John Barker Peter Kavanagh BBC Radio 4
2006 Dracula Jonathan Harker Marion Nancarrow BBC World Service
2006 Another Country Tommy Judd Marc Beeby BBC Radio 4
2007 Caesar III: An Empire Without End Romulus Jeremy Mortimer BBC Radio 4
2008 Othello Cassio Michael Grandage BBC Radio 3
2008 The Leopard Tancredi Lucy Bailey BBC Radio 3
2008 Cyrano de Bergerac Christian David Timson BBC Radio 3
2009 Carnival Lords of Misrule Zahid Warley BBC Radio 3
2015 Words and Music: Memory Reader David Papp (producer) BBC Radio 3

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Result 2007 Ian Charleson Award The Changeling Nominated
2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play

(nominated twice for separate roles)

Cymbeline Won
2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play

(nominated twice for separate roles)

Othello Nominated
2008 Ian Charleson Award Third Prize Othello Won
2009 Theatregoers' Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Play Othello/Ivanov Won
2009 Ian Charleson Award (Special commendation as previous winner) Ivanov Nominated
2010 Crime Thriller Award for Best Supporting Actor Wallander Nominated
2011 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Ensemble Cast Midnight in Paris Nominated
2011 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast Midnight in Paris Nominated
2011 Scream Award for Breakout Performance – Male Thor Nominated
2012 Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer Thor Won
2012 Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor Archipelago Nominated
2012 BAFTA Rising Star Award Thor Nominated
2012 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor Thor Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain The Avengers Nominated
2012 Glamour Award for Man of the Year N/A Won
2013 Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Villain The Avengers Nominated
2013 MTV Movie Award for Best Fight The Avengers (shared with the cast) Won
2013 MTV Movie Award for Best Villain The Avengers Won
2014 Empire Award for Best Supporting Actor Thor: The Dark World Nominated
2014 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor Coriolanus Nominated
2014 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor Thor: The Dark World Nominated
2014 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor Coriolanus Won
2015 WhatsOnStage.com Award for Best Actor in a Play Coriolanus Nominated
2015 Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor Unrelated Nominated
2015 British Independent Film Award for Best Actor High-Rise Nominated
2015 Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor High-RiseCrimson Peak Nominated
2016 TV Choice Award for Best Actor The Night Manager Won
2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie The Night Manager Nominated
2016 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series The Night Manager Nominated
2016 Critics' Choice Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries The Night Manager Nominated
2016 Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film The Night Manager Nominated
2016 TVTimes Award for Favourite Actor The Night Manager Nominated
2017 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film The Night Manager Won
2017 National Television Award for Favourite Drama Performance The Night Manager Nominated
2017 Producers Guild of America David L. Wolper Award – Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television The Night Manager Nominated
2017 Empire Hero Award Won
2017 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor – Sci-Fi/Fantasy Kong: Skull Island Nominated
2018 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scene Stealer Thor: Ragnarok Nominated
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