Thomas William "Tom" Hiddleston (born 9 February 1981) is an English actor. He is known for playing the character of Loki in the Marvel Studios films Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), and Thor: The Dark World (2013). He has also appeared in Steven Spielberg's First World War film War Horse (2011), The Deep Blue Sea (2011), Woody Allen's romantic comedy Midnight in Paris (2011), the 2012 BBC series Henry IV, Henry V, and the romantic vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive (2013). In theatre, he has been in the productions of Cymbeline (2007) and Ivanov (2008). In December 2013 he starred as the title character in the Donmar Warehouse production of Coriolanus which played until February 2014.
He won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play for his role in Cymbeline while also being nominated for the same award the same year for his role of Cassio in Othello. In 2011 he won the Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer and nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award for his role in Thor. He won the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight and Best Villain in 2013 for his role in The Avengers.
Early life and education
Hiddleston was born in Westminster, London. He is the son of arts administrator/former stage manager Diana Patricia (Servaes) Hiddleston and physical chemist James Norman Hiddleston. His father is from Greenock, Scotland and his mother is from Suffolk, England. His younger sister Emma is also an actress while his older sister Sarah is a journalist in India. Through his mother, he is a great-great-grandson of food producer Sir Edmund Vestey and distant cousin to German-Austrian actress Dagny Servaes. He was raised in Wimbledon, in his early years, and later in Oxford. He attended the Dragon School preparatory school in Oxford, and by the time he was 13, he boarded at Eton College. During this time, his parents were going through a divorce. He stated, "I think I started acting because I found being away at school while my parents were divorcing really distressing."
Hiddleston 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.
Film and television
While still doing student plays Hiddleston began doing television, landing parts in Stephen Whittaker’s adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby for ITV the BBC/HBO co-production Conspiracy, and as Randolph Churchill, the son of Winston Churchill, in the BBC/HBO drama The Gathering Storm.
On graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Hiddleston won his first film role, playing Oakley in Joanna Hogg’s first feature, Unrelated. He also appeared in the leading role of Edward in Joanna Hogg's second feature, Archipelago. His TV credits include Magnus Martinsson in the BBC detective drama Wallander, Bill Hazledine in Suburban Shootout, John Plumptre in the BBC costume drama TV film Miss Austen Regrets and William Buxton in the BBC drama series Return to Cranford. In 2007 he joined a list of British actors, including Kate Winslet and Orlando Bloom, to have guest starred in the long-running medical drama Casualty.
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. To prepare for his role as Loki, Hiddleston trained in the Brazilian martial art of capoeira.
Also in 2011 Hiddleston portrayed novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald in writer-director Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, the noble Captain Nicholls in War Horse, a film based on the 1982 novel by Michael Morpurgo, directed by Steven Spielberg, and Freddie Page, a RAF pilot in the British 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.'"
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 as 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, Adam, in Jim Jarmusch's film Only Lovers Left Alive with Tilda Swinton as Eve and Mia Wasikowska. He had a cameo in the 2014 film Muppets Most Wanted, as the Great Escapo.
Hiddleston replaced Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming gothic horror film Crimson Peak directed by Guillermo Del Toro. The film started filming in Toronto in February 2014 with an April 2015 release date. Other upcoming roles include Robert Laing in the film adaptation of J.G. Ballard's novel High Rise, directed by Ben Wheatley. The film is scheduled to start shooting in Ireland in June 2014.
Hiddleston had leading roles in Declan Donnellan's company Cheek by Jowl's productions The Changeling, and Cymbeline. 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 alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ewan McGregor and later Lvov in their West End revival of Chekhov's Ivanov with Kenneth Branagh.
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 on 14 November 2010 where 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. From 6 December 2013 to 13 February 2014, Hiddleston played the title character in William Shakespeare's theatre adaptation of Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden directed by Josie Rourke. It was also aired live internationally on 30 January 2014.
Hiddleston was the voiceover for BBC's documentary on the Galapagos Island in 2006. He also narrated the audio book The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner in 2007, along with the British Museum on the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead in 2011 and poetry for iF Poems and The Love Book on iTunes in 2012. Hiddleston will be one of the narrators in the upcoming 2014 documentary Unity directed by Shaun Monson. He is one of the 89 narrators for the film, other voices will include those of Adam Levine, Anjelica Huston, Ben Kingsley, Cloris Leachman, Geoffrey Rush, Marion Cotillard, and Olivia Wilde.
Hiddleston was one of the celebrities, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Jo Brand, E. L. James and Rachel Riley, to design and sign his own card for the UK-based charity 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.
|2001||The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby||Lord||TV film|
|2001||Conspiracy||Phone Operator||TV film|
|2002||The Gathering Storm||Randolph Churchill||TV film|
|2005||A Waste of Shame||John Hall||TV film|
|2008||Miss Austen Regrets||Mr. John Plumptre||TV film|
|2011||Midnight in Paris||F. Scott Fitzgerald|
|2011||War Horse||Captain Nicholls|
|2011||Friend Request Pending||Tom||Short film|
|2012||The Deep Blue Sea||Freddie Page|
|2012||Out of Time||Man||Short film|
|2012||Out of Darkness||Male||Short film|
|2012||Henry IV Part I and Part II||Prince Hal||BBC TV film|
|2012||Henry V||Henry V||BBC TV film|
|2013||Only Lovers Left Alive||Adam|
|2013||Thor: The Dark World||Loki|
|2014||Muppets Most Wanted||Great Escapo|
|2014||The Pirate Fairy||James Hook||Voice|
|2015||Crimson Peak||Sir Thomas Sharpe||Filming|
|2001||Armadillo||Toby Sherrifmuir||Unknown episode|
|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|
|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"|
|2013||Family Guy||Statue Griffin (voice)||Episode: "No Country Club for Old Men"|
|2005||Yorgjin Oxo: The Man||Yorgjin Oxo||Theatre503|
|2006||The Changeling||Alsemero||Cheek by Jowl/Barbican/European Tour|
|2007||Cymbeline||Posthumus Leonatus & Cloten||Cheek by Jowl/Barbican/World Tour|
|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|
|2011||Thor: God of Thunder||Loki (voice)|
|2002||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|
Awards and nominations
|2007||Ian Charleson Award Third Prize||Othello||Won|
|2008||Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer in a Play||Cymbeline||Won|
|2011||Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast||Midnight in Paris||Nominated|
|2012||Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer||Thor||Won|
|2012||Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor||Archipelago||Nominated|
|2012||BAFTA Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award||Thor||Nominated|
|2012||Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor||Thor||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Choice Award for Best 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||Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor||Thor: The Dark World||Pending|
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