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From Big Breakfast model to Hollywood hero – Tom Hardy in pictures

Romantic hero: Tom played Heathcliff in the ITV's Wuthering Heights in 2009. His now wife Charlotte Riley played Cathy

Taboo star Tom Hardy has had a remarkable career on TV and the big screen. Let's look back at some of his greatest moments...

Tom Hardy, 39, has become one of the most in-demand actors in the world thanks to roles in film such as The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road, a long way from his first taste of fame as the winner of Channel 4's The Big Breakfast Find Me a Model competition.

Time and again, he's shown he's so much more than a pretty face. Just check these roles from his near two decades on screen...

 

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Hottie! Tom was 20 when he won the Big Breakfast's Find Me A Model competition in 1998 (Image credit: PA Archive/PA Images)

Hottie! Tom was 20 when he won the Big Breakfast's Find Me A Model competition in 1998

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Tom tasted early movie success with Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, co-starring Ewan McGregor, in 2001

Tom tasted early movie success with Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, co-starring Ewan McGregor, in 2001

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Dark side: Tom played evil Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002 (Image credit: Snap Stills/REX/Shutterstock)

Dark side: Tom played evil Shinzon in Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002

Outstanding Newcomer: Tom won big at The Evening Standard Drama Awards in 2003

Outstanding Newcomer: Tom won big at The Evening Standard Drama Awards in 2003 (Image credit: Lentati/ANL/REX/Shutterstock)

Outstanding Newcomer: Tom won big at The Evening Standard Drama Awards in 2003

Regal bearing: Tom played Robert Dudley in The Virgin Queen, who was Queen Elizabeth 1's true love, in 2006

Regal bearing: Tom played Robert Dudley in The Virgin Queen, who was Queen Elizabeth 1's true love, in 2006 (Image credit: BBC)

Regal bearing: Tom played Robert Dudley in The Virgin Queen, who was Queen Elizabeth 1's true love, in 2006

Sci-fi: he played brilliant but conflicted scientist John Fleming in the BBC TV movie A for Andromeda in 2006

Sci-fi: he played brilliant but conflicted scientist John Fleming in the BBC TV movie A for Andromeda in 2006 (Image credit: BBC)

Sci-fi: he played brilliant but conflicted scientist John Fleming in the BBC TV movie A for Andromeda in 2006

Star power: he co-starred with Benedict Cumberbatch as a troubled homeless man in Stuart: A Life Backwards on the BBC in 2007

Star power: he co-starred with Benedict Cumberbatch as a troubled homeless man in Stuart: A Life Backwards on the BBC in 2007 (Image credit: Neal Street Productions)

Star power: he co-starred with Benedict Cumberbatch as a troubled homeless man in Stuart: A Life Backwards on the BBC in 2007

Muscle-bound: Tom bulked up to play Britain's most violent man, Charles Bronson, in 2008 film Bronson

Muscle-bound: Tom bulked up to play Britain's most violent man, Charles Bronson, in 2008 film Bronson

Muscle-bound: Tom bulked up to play Britain's most violent man, Charles Bronson, in 2008 film Bronson

Romantic hero: Tom played Heathcliff in the ITV's Wuthering Heights in 2009. His now wife Charlotte Riley played Cathy

Romantic hero: Tom played Heathcliff in the ITV's Wuthering Heights in 2009. His now wife Charlotte Riley played Cathy

Romantic hero: Tom played Heathcliff in the ITV's Wuthering Heights in 2009. His now wife Charlotte Riley played Cathy

Romantic hero: Tom played Heathcliff in the ITV's Wuthering Heights in 2009. His now wife Charlotte Riley played Cathy

Romantic hero: Tom played Heathcliff in the ITV's Wuthering Heights in 2009. His now wife Charlotte Riley played Cathy

Romantic hero: Tom played Heathcliff in the ITV's Wuthering Heights in 2009. His now wife Charlotte Riley played Cathy

Ex-con: Tom played the leading role of Freddie in Sky's violent family drama The Take in 2009

Ex-con: Tom played the leading role of Freddie in Sky's violent family drama The Take in 2009

Ex-con: Tom played the leading role of Freddie in Sky's violent family drama The Take in 2009

I Spy: Tom played field agent Ricki Tarr in 2011's hit remake of John le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

I Spy: Tom played field agent Ricki Tarr in 2011's hit remake of John le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Image credit: Jack English)

I Spy: Tom played field agent Ricki Tarr in 2011's hit remake of John le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Hollywood anti-hero: He played arch villain Bane opposite Christian Bale in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises

Hollywood anti-hero: He played arch villain Bane opposite Christian Bale in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises (Image credit: Ron Phillips)

Hollywood anti-hero: He played arch villain Bane opposite Christian Bale in 2012's The Dark Knight Rises

Bootlegger: Tom was Forrest Bondurrant in 2012 film Lawless, co-starring with Guy Pearce, Shia LaBeouf and Gary Oldman

Bootlegger: Tom was Forrest Bondurrant in 2012 film Lawless, co-starring with Guy Pearce, Shia LaBeouf and Gary Oldman (Image credit: Richard Foreman, Jr. SMPSP)

Bootlegger: Tom was Forrest Bondurrant in 2012 film Lawless, co-starring with Guy Pearce, Shia LaBeouf and Gary Oldman

Crime lord: He was gangland leader Alfie Solomons in series three of BBC2's cult period drama Peaky Blinders

Crime lord: He was gangland leader Alfie Solomons in series three of BBC2's cult period drama Peaky Blinders (Image credit: BBC/Caryn Mandabach Productions)

Crime lord: He was gangland leader Alfie Solomons in series three of BBC2's cult period drama Peaky Blinders

You AGAIN?! Tom co-starred with Gary Oldman once again in 2015's Child 44, playing a disgraced Russian officer

You AGAIN?! Tom co-starred with Gary Oldman once again in 2015's Child 44, playing a disgraced Russian officer (Image credit: Larry Horricks)

You AGAIN?! Tom co-starred with Gary Oldman once again in 2015's Child 44, playing a disgraced Russian officer

Mad Max: Tom took on the iconic Mel Gibson role in 2015's high-octane Mad Max: Fury Road. He will play the role once again in The Wasteland

Mad Max: Tom took on the iconic Mel Gibson role in 2015's high-octane Mad Max: Fury Road. He will play the role once again in The Wasteland (Image credit: Jasin Boland)

Mad Max: Tom took on the iconic Mel Gibson role in 2015's high-octane Mad Max: Fury Road. He will play the role once again in The Wasteland

Legend: Tom played Ron AND Reggie Kray in the 2015 film about the rise of the notorious criminal siblings

Legend: Tom played Ron AND Reggie Kray in the 2015 film about the rise of the notorious criminal siblings

Legend: Tom played Ron AND Reggie Kray in the 2015 film about the rise of the notorious criminal siblings

Only the fittest survive: He co-starred with Leonard DiCaprio in 2015 Oscar-winning movie The Revenant

Only the fittest survive: He co-starred with Leonard DiCaprio in 2015 Oscar-winning movie The Revenant

Only the fittest survive: He co-starred with Leonard DiCaprio in 2015 Oscar-winning movie The Revenant

Awww: Dog lover Tom appeared in an episode of Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs in 2015

Awww: Dog lover Tom appeared in an episode of Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs in 2015

Awww: Dog lover Tom appeared in an episode of Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs in 2015

Taboo: Tom co-created the BBC2 period drama Taboo, currently screening on Saturday nights, with his father, Chips, and Ridley Scott. What's next for the super-talented star?

Taboo: Tom co-created the BBC2 period drama Taboo, currently screening on Saturday nights, with his father, Chips, and Ridley Scott. What's next for the super-talented star? (Image credit: Scott Free Prods/Robert Viglasky)

Taboo: Tom co-created the BBC2 period drama Taboo, currently screening on Saturday nights, with his father, Chips, and Ridley Scott. What's next for the super-talented star?