Tom Hiddleston

The villain and the gentleman: The rise of Tom Hiddleston 

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He’s long been touted as a future James Bond and Tom Hiddleston’s career is both shaking and stirring Tinseltown. Here are the reasons why he’s one of the biggest things in entertainment right now

The name of Tom Hiddleston is currently on everyone’s lips. The English actor is taking Hollywood by storm by possessing something that makes him shine even brighter in the glaring spotlight of the film business. Of course as a Brit the star also brings with him a large dose of gentlemanly charm. Then there are Hiddleston’s qualities as the musclebound supervillain. Finally, he also shows that he’s able to have some fun. 

 

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Whether in movies or series, in TV shows or interviews, Tom Hiddleston is at the top of his game.   

THE FACTS: 

  • FULL NAME: Thomas William Hiddleston
  • BORN: 9 February 1981 (age 35) Westminster, London, England
  • SPOUSE: Currently dating Taylor Swift  
  • FAMOUS FOR: Avengers, The Night Manager, Only Lovers Left Alive, High-Rise
  • UPCOMING ROLES: Kong: Skull Island, Thor: Ragnarök 
  • DID YOU KNOW: He screen tested for the title role in Thor (2011), maintaining a strict diet and gaining 20 pounds in muscle. However, Kenneth Branagh decided he was more suitable for the role of Loki.

 

Classic leading man

Crimson Peak, Guillermo del Toro’s gothic adventure from 2015, mixes horror and Victorian romanticism in a hypnotic mystery movie. And right in the middle stands the enigmatic Sir Thomas Sharpe, played by Tom Hiddleston with an undoubted sex appeal that women find hard to resist.    

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Dance like everyone’s watching

Some might expect the super cool Hiddleston to be the embodiment of the typical cliché - the stiff Brit. But ever since his appearance on the TV show Alan Carr: Chatty Man you can forget about that theory. With these moves, John Travolta has nothing on this guy. 

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Selfie with style

He’s not the biggest fan of selfies, but when Hiddleston makes them he nails the golden rule: be cool.   

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Q&A time! Here's a picture from the first day of principal photography. #TheNightManager. #AskNightManager.pic.twitter.com/Iv3rP4IKm6

Lasting impressions

It seems obvious that an actor should be able to get into the mind of a character, but what about impersonating real people? Not only does Hiddleston do a mean Robert de Niro, but he pulled it off in front of a studio audience, millions of viewers, and the Hollywood legend himself. 

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Multilingual master

If you’re going to be a future Bond, you need to be a worldly type. Bullets and explosions can’t slow 007 down and neither should words. Tom Hiddleston has already shown he has a flair for foreign cultures and languages, perfect for an international secret agent.

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Super villain

As the mighty Thor in the Marvel film series, Chris Hemsworth knows how to put his brother Loki in his place. When it comes to charisma and coolness, however, he doesn’t come near his British counterpart. Meanwhile, off screen, Hiddleston and the Australian have fostered a bromance of heroic proportions.    

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