Tom Hardy broke through in 2010's Inception, but he had a steady career appearing in supporting roles in several feature films. One of them, the Sofia Coppola-directed Marie Antoinette, starred Kirsten Dunst as the title character. Hardy played Raumont in the 2006 drama, appearing in just a few short scenes. In one, his character appeared at a party, where he participates in a guessing game and in another, he expresses his disapproval of Marie Antoinette's interest in Count Axel von Fersen.
Pfc. John Janovec in 'Band of Brothers'
Hardy began his television and film career in the 2001 BBC/HBO miniseries, Band of Brothers, playing U.S. Army Pfc. John Janovec. He appeared in only a handful of episodes, but the award-winning project (it took home six Emmy Awards) would introduce him to the industry.
Ricki Tarr in 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'
In the upcoming British drama, based on the book by John le Carre, Hardy plays British agent Ricki Tarr, replacing Michael Fassbender, who at one point was in talks to play the role.
Praetor Shinzon in 'Star Trek: Nemesis'
The British actor played Praetor Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis, a 2002 action/sci-fi film that starred Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes and Brent Spiner. Hardy's character was a mysteirous Reman, who claims to want peace with the Federation.
Clarkie in 'Layer Cake'
The actor starred alongside James Bond himself Daniel Craig in the 2004 British crime thriller by Matthew Vaughn (in his directorial debut), Layker Cake, as Clarkie. The film is based on the novel of the same name by J.J. Connolly.
Tommy Conlon in 'Warrior'
Hardy stars as Tommy Conlon in the Gavin O'Connor-directed feature Warrior, which co-stars Joel Edgerton as his brother Brendan. The American action drama centers on a former boxer, whose alcoholism has torn his entire family apart and when Tom comes back, he begins to train him to compete in a mixed martial arts competition.
Charles Bronson/Michael Peterson in 'Bronson'
The actor landed a role of a lifetime in 2008's Bronson, directed by Drive's Nicolas Winding Refn, in which Hardy plays a young man who was sentenced to several years in prison for a crime. Ultimately, he ends up spending several decades in confinement.
Eames in 'Inception'
In the Christopher Nolan feature Inception, released in 2010, introduced American audiences to Hardy, who played identity forger Eames. The film grossed more than $800 million worldwide in the box office and received eight Academy Award nominations, including best picture, best original screenplay and best original score.
Bane in 'The Dark Knight Rises'
The 2012 film, The Dark Knight Rises, is the third installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman series. The Dark Knight Rises marked Hardy's reunion with Nolan, who directed him in Inception. Hardy plays the villainous Bane, gaining about 30 pounds of muscle for the role.
Handsome Bob in 'RocknRolla'
Hardy starred in 2008's RocknRolla as Handsome Rob, a London mobster. The film was directed by Guy Ritchie and co-starred Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson and Thandie Newton.
Twombly in 'Black Hawk Down'
Hardy's role, 75th Rangers member SPC Lance Twombly, was a small one in the war drama Black Hawk Down, the 2001 film adaptation of the book by the same name by Mark Bowden.
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