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Tom Hiddleston (1981)

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Thomas William "Tom" Hiddleston is an English actor. He played Loki in the 2011 Marvel Studios film Thor.

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 early life and education
Hiddleston was born in Westminster, London, the son of Diana Patricia (née Servaes), a former stage manager and arts administrator, and James Norman Hiddleston, a scientist in physical chemistry who was the managing director of a pharmaceutical company. His father is from Greenock, Scotland and his mother from Suffolk, England. His maternal great-great-grandfather was importer Sir Edmund Vestey, 1st Baronet. He was educated at two independent schools: The Dragon School in Oxford and Eton College in Eton in Berkshire, where he boarded in Durnford House. He read Classics at Pembroke College, Cambridge, gaining a double first. He then attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which he graduated in 2005.

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In Hiddleston's second term at Cambridge, he was seen in a production of 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 for ITV, starring Charles Dance, James D'Arcy and Sophia Myles. While still at university he appeared in Conspiracy , and as Randolph Churchill, the son of Winston Churchill the Wartime Prime Minister, in the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning BBC/HBO drama The Gathering Storm, opposite Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave.

On graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Hiddleston won his first film role as Oakley in Joanna Hogg’s award-winning first feature, Unrelated, shot on location in Tuscany, Italy. He also appeared in the leading role of Edward in Joanna Hogg's recently completed second feature, Archipelago. He has also had leading roles in Declan Donnellan's company Cheek by Jowl's productions The Changeling , and Cymbeline (Posthumus Leonatus & Cloten), for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Newcomer 2008, notably being up against himself in the same category for his portrayal of Cassio in the Donmar Warehouse Othello.

His Donmar Warehouse credits include Cassio in Michael Grandage's production of Shakespeare's Othello alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ewan McGregor to much critical acclaim and later Lvov in their West End revival of Chekhov's Ivanov. These two roles earned him the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actor 2008.

His TV credits include Magnus Martinsson in the BBC detective drama Wallander, Bill Hazledine in Suburban Shootout, John Plumptre in the BBC costume drama TV film Miss Austen Regrets and William Buxton in the Christmas edition of BBC costume drama series Cranford.

He portrayed Loki in the 2011 Marvel Studios feature film Thor directed by Kenneth Branagh, whom he has worked with before on Ivanov and Wallander. He also auditioned and screen-tested for the role of Thor but Branagh decided he was more suitable for the role of Loki, Thor's adopted brother.

In 2011, he portrayed F. Scott Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris, written and directed by Woody Allen, and appeared in War Horse, a film based on the 1982 novel by Michael Morpurgo, and directed by Steven Spielberg. He is due to star in the upcoming movie The Deep Blue Sea, based on the 1952 play by Terence Rattigan, alongside Rachel Weisz and Simon Russell Beale. He will reprise his role as Loki in The Avengers, to be released 4 May 2012 in 3-D. On May 13, it was announced that Hiddleston would star in Henry V as the title character, in a BBC film version of the play by William Shakespeare.

Along with a successful acting career Hiddleston has also narrated the audio book for The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner.

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