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Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as the villain Loki in "The Avengers" from Marvel's franchise hit "Thor," directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman.

Hiddleston recently starred in "Midnight in Paris," playing F. Scott Fizgerald. The Academy Award-winning film, written and directed by Woody Allen, follows a nostalgic writer who is given the chance to visit the 1920s Paris of his dreams, interacting with Fitzgerald and other artistic luminaries. Hiddleston also appeared as Captain Nicholls in the Academy Award-nominated "War Horse," directed by Steven Spielberg.

Hiddleston has recently completed shooting three adaptations of Shakespeare's plays for television: Richard Eyre's "Henry IV Parts I & II," in which he plays Prince Hal, and the title role in Thea Sharrock's "Henry V." Both are produced by Sam Mendes in a co-­production with the BBC & NBC Universal. They will air in the UK in summer 2012 as a part of the Cultural Olympiad.



In 2012, Hiddleston was nominated for a BAFTA for the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award and for the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor for his roles in Joanna Hogg's indie hit "Archipelago" and Terence Davies' "The Deep Blue Sea," opposite Rachel Weisz. Hiddleston won the British Rising Star Award at the Richard Attenborough Regional Film Awards 2012.

Tom Hiddleston was born in London and grew up in Oxford, where he was educated at The Dragon School, and later at Eton College where, under the guidance of a group of incredibly inspirational teachers, his interest and involvement in theater and film began to flourish. He remembers being taken, aged 14, to see Ibsen's "John Gabriel Borkman" at the National Theatre in 1996—directed by Richard Eyre, with Paul Scofield, Vanessa Redgrave and Eileen Atkins—and being inspired and profoundly moved by both the writing and the performances. It was a turning point. Seven years later he would be playing Vanessa Redgrave's son in the HBO/BBC Churchill biopic, "The Gathering Storm."

Towards the end of his time at school Hiddleston applied to study classics at Cambridge University, and was offered a place at Pembroke College, the alma mater of Peter Cook, Ted Hughes and Eric Idle. Before starting, in the summer of 1999, he played Captain Stanhope in a production of R.C Sheriff's "Journey's End," among a cast of his school peers, which they had put together with the sole intention of performing it at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was a greater success than any of them could have hoped for. The Scotsman gave them five stars and the last line of their review read: "They just do not make 'em like this any more."

In his second term at Cambridge, he was seen in a production of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Lorraine Hamilton of the notable actors' agency Hamilton Hodell, and was shortly thereafter given his first television role in Stephen Whittaker's adaptation of "Nicholas Nickleby" (2001) for ITV, starring Charles Dance, James D'Arcy and Sophia Myles.

During his last two years at Cambridge roles followed in two one-off television dramas co-produced by HBO and the BBC. The first was "Conspiracy" (2001), a film surrounding the story of the Wannsee Conference in 1942 to consolidate the decision to exterminate the Jews of Europe. The film prompted Tom's first encounter with Kenneth Branagh, who starred in the lead role of Heydrich. The second project came in 2002 in the critically acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning biopic of Winston Churchill "The Gathering Storm," starring Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave. Tom played the important role of Randolph Churchill, Winston's son, and cites that particular experience—working alongside Finney and Redgrave, as well as Ronnie Barker, Tom Wilkinson, and Jim Broadbent—as extraordinary; one that changed his perspective on the art, craft and life of an actor. It was then that he first thought of applying to drama school.

Tom graduated from Cambridge in the summer of 2002 with a 'double-first' honors degree and enrolled at RADA later that autumn. He graduated from RADA in June 2005, and within a few weeks was cast as Oakley in the British independent film "Unrelated" by first-time director Joanna Hogg. "Unrelated" tells the story of a woman in her mid-40s who arrives alone at the Italian holiday home of an extended bourgeois family. "Unrelated" premiered at the Times BFI 51st London Film Festival in 2007, where it was awarded the FIPRESCI International Critics' Award, and went on to win the Guardian First Film Award, the Evening Standard Most Promising Newcomer Award for Joanna Hogg, and was nominated for the Evening Standard Best Film Award and the Critics' Circle Breakthrough Filmmaker Award. It was also cited as the 21st best film of the decade by the Guardian newspaper.

Upon his return from Italy, Tom met Declan Donnellan, artistic director of the award-winning theater company Cheek By Jowl, and was cast as Alsemero in "The Changeling" by Thomas Middleton, starring alongside Olivia Williams and Will Keen. The production toured Europe for six months in 2006, and ran in the main house at the Barbican for six weeks. For "The Changeling" Tom was nominated for the 2006 Ian Charleson Award, which recognizes exceptional classical stage performances by actors under the age of 30.

In 2007 Cheek By Jowl once again asked Tom to perform for them as the hero, Posthumus Leonatus, and the anti-hero Cloten, in Declan Donnellan's production of Shakespeare's late romance, "Cymbeline." The production toured the world for seven months in 2007, playing in New York, Milan, Paris, Moscow, Madrid and in London at the Barbican. The Guardian praised Tom's performance "The masterstroke of Donnellan's production is to have both Posthumus, who comes to doubt Imogen's fidelity, and Cloten played by the same actor, Tom Hiddleston. Remember that name, because one day the lad is going to be a star, and deservedly so." The Sunday Times agreed that Tom stole the show: "Tom Hiddleston plays Cloten as a snooty Hooray Henry, giving the outstanding performance of the evening."

Later that summer, Tom shot the period BBC drama, "Miss Austen Regrets," about the last five years of Jane Austen's life. He starred as John Plumptre alongside Olivia Williams, Imogen Poots, Hugh Bonneville and Greta Scacchi. It went on to win both a BAFTA Award and a Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award.

It was on the strength of his performance in "Cymbeline" that Tom was invited to audition to play Cassio in Michael Grandage's production of "Othello" at the Donmar Warehouse, starring Ewan McGregor, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kelly Reilly. The play opened to extraordinary reviews. The Independent on Sunday said, "McGregor is actually outshone by Tom Hiddleston, a barely known newcomer and name to watch. His youthful Cassio is startlingly charismatic and dangerous in its own way, naively mixing professional duty with womanizing."

Tom was nominated twice in the category of Best Newcomer at the 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards for "Cymbeline" and "Othello" and won the category for his performance in "Cymbeline."

In 2008 Tom joined forces with Kenneth Branagh again to film the first series of "Wallander," a BAFTA and Broadcasting Press Guild Award-winning and Emmy, Golden Globe and Satellite Award-nominated television series based on the detective novels by Swedish author Henning Mankell. In the same year Tom went on to star in the Donmar Warehouse/West End production of Chekhov's "Ivanov," again opposite Branagh, as well as Gina McKee and Andrea Riseborough.

As well as shooting the second series of "Wallander" in 2009, Tom also starred in the second series of the highly acclaimed BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning "Return to Cranford," starring opposite Judi Dench and Jonathan Pryce.




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TOM HIDDLESTON: FACTS

How tall is Tom Hiddleston? How old is Tom Hiddleston? Find out here.

Age: 33 years old
Birthday: February 9, 1981
Height: 6' 1 ½"
Full Name / Real Name: Thomas William Hiddleston
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, UK





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