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Biography of Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston is a British actor who conquered Hollywood with the role of the charismatic villain Loki. His talent did not go unnoticed, so the actor’s achievements include collaboration with the most famous directors in the world.
Real British aristocrat Tom Hiddleston
Family and childhood of Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston was born in the historic district of the British capital – Westminster. The actor’s father, James Norman Hiddleston, who was born into a poor Scottish family and went a long way up the career ladder, was the director of a pharmaceutical company. Mother, Diana Patricia Serves, who belonged to an aristocratic family, worked as an art critic and assistant director, but after the birth of three children, she quit her job and devoted herself to her family.
Tom Hiddleston as a child
Tom’s great-grandfather, Vice Admiral Reginald Serves, was commandant of His Majesty’s cruiser London during World War II and later became commander of the British Reserve Fleet. Great-great-grandfather, Esq. Edmund Hoyle Vesti, received from the hands of the Queen the award “For the timely supply of quality products to British soldiers during the First World War” and was made a baronet.
Tom Hiddleston with his parents
When Tom was 13 years old, his parents divorced. By that time, the future actor had already graduated from a preparatory school in Wimbledon and studied at the closed boarding school Dragon School in Oxford. The father left the family, but continued to take care of Tom and his sisters – the elder Sarah and the younger Emma. Despite the separation of his parents, the actor recalls his childhood with warmth: “We spent the summer with our cousins. They staged plays, rehearsed for a week, and then played a play for the parents. It always seemed like such an important thing, although there were 5 people and a dog in the garden behind the house.
School photo of Tom Hiddleston
It was during the summer holidays that Tom developed an interest in acting. An excellent workout for him was the entertaining game “Debate in a Balloon”, when the participants had to play someone famous so as not to be thrown overboard into the waters of the Atlantic. When his opponents chose the roles of Einstein, Shakespeare, Mozart or the President of the United States, the young Hiddleston always parodied the actor from commercials. Once, the director of the drama circle caught him playing this game, and then he approached Tom and invited him to a school production.
Young Tom Hiddleston
After school, Tom Hiddleston entered the famous Eton College, where he studied for several years in the same class as the heir to the British crown, Prince William. He continued his classical education at the University of Cambridge, where he also attended a theater group. At the same time, Tom made his debut on the big stage in the production of A Streetcar Named Desire. The game of the beginning actor was noticed by agent Lorraine Hamilton from the Hamilton Hodell agency, who offered cooperation to the talented student. It was after this that Hiddleston became convinced that acting for him was not a hobby, but his whole life, so after Cambridge he entered the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Film debut of Tom Hiddleston
In 2001, Tom Hiddleston was first seen on screen in the episodic role of the lord from the film The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Then there were small roles in the television films “Conspiracy”, “Churchill” and “The Mystery of Shakespeare’s Sonnets”. The first significant work of the aspiring actor was the role of Oakley in the film Alien, which premiered in 2007. Together with her brother, her younger sister Emma also appeared on the set – her debut was the role of Byoji.
Tom Hiddleston in Alien
2008 was a turning point for Hiddleston. He was cast to play Mr. John Plumptra in Jane Austen’s Lost in Love, and although the film received mixed reviews from critics, it provided a springboard for the talented Briton’s career.
Shot from the film “Love Failures of Jane Austen”
His theatrical successes did not go unnoticed either: Tom was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Awards in the Best Debut category. His name appeared twice in the list of nominees for his roles in productions of Cymbilin and Othello. As a result, Cymbilin turned out to be happy. Later, “shot” the award and “Othello” – Hiddleston was recognized as the best supporting actor and received the “Theatregoers’ Choice Awards”.
Tom Hiddleston in Othello
The heyday of Tom Hiddleston’s career
The contract with Marvel helped the British actor refocus on Hollywood. In 2008, Tom became part of the MCU by playing the role of Loki in the movie Thor. Kenneth Branagh himself got a ticket to Marvel Studios for the Briton: at first they played together in the crime series Wallander, and when Kenneth moved to the chair of the director of Thor, he immediately invited Hiddleston to the casting.
Initially, Tom auditioned for the role of Thor: “I, a tall blond with a classical education, was supposed to be a “classic” Thor. But Marvel saw more in me, they noticed my temperament and offered something completely different. As a result, the actor got the role of Thor’s brother – Loki, who was also the worst antagonist of the hero.
Charming Tom Hiddleston as Loki captivated all viewers of “Thor”
According to Tom, the villains of everything fascinated him. He was overjoyed to play a macabre villain with a “grandmaster mentality” rather than “another Joker or Doctor Octopus”. In addition, the first experience of shooting on a Hollywood set was remembered by Tom as a collaboration with such legends as Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins.
In the same 2011, Hiddleston received another offer from the eminent director – Steven Spielberg himself called him for the lead role in the drama War Horse. That same year, Woody Allen saw him as writer Francis Scott Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris. By the 30th anniversary, Tom Hiddleston was at the top of his popularity.
Tom Hiddleston – Francis Scott Fitzgerald
In 2012, he continued his collaboration with Marvel, again reincarnated as Loki in the blockbuster The Avengers, this time speaking out against the heroes of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson.
Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth enter the role
In 2013, Tom Hiddleston starred in Jim Jarmusch’s film Only Lovers Left Alive, playing a thousand-year-old vampire – a lover of rock music and peace. His partner in the film was the charming Tilda Swinton.
Tom Hiddleston in Only Lovers Left Alive
In the same year, he starred in the sequel to Thor (Thor 2: The Dark World), but the film was less warmly received compared to the first part, although it received its fair share of rave reviews.
In 2014, the actor became the face of the automobile brand Jaguar Cars.
In 2016, fans of Tom Hiddleston could enjoy playing their favorite actor in Guillermo del Toro’s horror melodrama Crimson Peak with the beautiful Mia Wasikowska and the dystopian thriller High-Rise, also starring Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller.
“Crimson Peak”: Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska
In 2017, the mad son of Odin will again appear on the big screen in the movie Thor 3: Ragnarok.
At the 2017 Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Miniseries, Tom Hiddleston beat out four contenders for the statuette, including Bryan Cranston and Courtney B. Vance.
Tom Hiddleston at the 2017 Golden Globes
The award to the charming Brit was presented by his character from the spy mini-series The Night Manager, Jonathan Pine, a former soldier who works as a night porter in a fashionable hotel in the center of Zurich. By the way, his partners on the set, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman, also taught at the Golden Globe, but already as the best supporting actors of the mini-series.
Shot from the series “The Night Manager”
Personal life of Tom Hiddleston
The upbringing of a true British did not allow Tom Hiddleston to talk about his personal life. His silence has become fertile ground for the emergence of all kinds of rumors: at different times, the role of “Loki’s girl” was tried on by Jessica Chastain, Kat Dennings and Scarlett Johansson.
Tom Hiddleston loves to chat with fans
At the end of 2011, the press trumpeted the news about the “secret wedding” of Tom and actress Susannah Fielding. The couple had already met for several months and did not hide their relationship either in front of their relatives or in front of the public. Photos of happy lovers regularly appeared in the glossy magazines, but the matter never came to a real wedding.
Tom Hiddleston and Susan Fielding
In 2013, the journalists brought the actor together with his make-up artist Amanda Grossman, and in 2016 Tom “lit up” on vacation with his colleague in the film “I Saw the Light” Elizabeth Olsen.
Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen
However, already in June of the same year, Tom admitted that he had entered into a relationship with country singer Taylor Swift. A month later, they threw a huge beach party that went on for several days.
Pictured: Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift
Many fans (both Tom and Taylor) believed that their relationship from the very beginning was solely for PR. They may have been right – just a couple of months later, Swift deleted the ex-boyfriend from all her social networks. According to the actor, he achieved everything he wanted, except for one thing: he never played “an ordinary guy in jeans and a T-shirt who can make people laugh by crashing into a lamppost or slipping on a banana peel.”
Tom Hiddleston wants to play the ‘regular guy’
In 2019, the media reported that Tom Hiddleston had a romantic relationship with actress Zavi Ashton. Personally, Tom did not comment on these rumors in any way, having experience of “public” relations with Taylor Swift. However, they were confirmed by information from an insider who said that in 2023 the actors had come together. According to the information, they live together in Atlanta.
Tom Hiddleston and Zavi Ashton
Tom Hiddleston now
In 2019, Tom Hiddleston appeared in the long-awaited sci-fi action movie Avengers: Endgame from Marvel Studios. Tom appeared before the audience in the usual image of Loki, and Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo again became his partners on the set.
At the same time, Hiddleston began working on Marvel’s What If?… animated series, which is scheduled to premiere in 2023. The first season of a miniseries based on his character Loki is set to premiere at the same time. The creators promise not an ordinary series, but a real sci-fi show. Other members of the film crew also support the intrigue, stating that working on the Loki series is a truly unusual event.
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