Thomas William Hiddleston is an actor best known for his movies with the Marvel Studios. The English actor has played substantial roles in worldwide hit movies such as the Thor series and
The Avengers. Tom was born to Diana Patricia, a stage manager and James Hiddleston, a chemist, in Westminster located in London. He has two sisters- Emma, the younger one and Sarah, the older one. The former is also an actor in London while the latter is working as a journalist in India. He belongs to a much-respected family of London. His great-grandfather is Mr. Reginald Servaes, a flag officer in Navy and his great-great-grandfather is Sir Edmund Vestey, who ran Vestey Brothers, a cluster of companies including a food production unit, which served the soldiers during the First World War and owned quite a few ships. Hiddleston grew up in Wimbledon and, later on, moved with his family to Oxford where he completed his schooling at Dragon preparatory school. At the age of thirteen, he moved to Berkshire, in England, and stayed in the hostel to study at Eton College. He went there primarily to cope with his parent’s divorce. When asked about their separation in an interview he said that the incident made him understand the nature and weakness of the human kind. After finishing his schooling he went to Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge, to earn his degree. He is studious by nature and obtained double first-class honors in Literature. During his college days, he produced the play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, based on the novel of the same name, written by Lorraine Hamilton. This proved as an eye opener for him as it made him realize his passion for acting. Tom then went on to join the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and graduated with a degree in acting in the year 2005. He began learning the nuances of acting through the television medium.
He was a part of the television drama series ‘Nicholas Nickleby’ that aired on ITV, ‘Gathering Storm’ on BBC and ‘Conspiracy’ which was telecast on HBO. After graduating from RADA he got his first acting chance in a feature film ‘Unrelated’ by the first-time director, Joanna Hogg, in the year 2008. The movie also starred Tom’s sister Emma in a prominent role. The movie won several awards and when asked about Tom the casting director said that he is a confident lad and that he has the potential to make it big. He was again cast in Hogg’s second movie Archipelago in the year 2010 as the lead. After acting in various noteworthy roles in many television soaps, Tom got his much-awaited break through the world famous movie Thor in the year 2011. Director Kenneth Branagh had worked with Tom previously in two plays- Ivanov and Wallander and hence knowing how exceptionally talented he was called him for a screen test. He initially auditioned for the role of Thor but was cast as his adopted brother Loki. Within six weeks of time Hiddleston bulked up, gained weight and got trained in martial arts to suit his role as the mighty villain to perfection. He continued to appear in the other series of Marvel Studios, The Avengers (2012) and Thor: The Dark World (2013). His upcoming movie in Hollywood as the lead is Kong: Skull Island, which is the next installment in the
King Kong movie series. Hiddleston has won many awards including the BAFTA Award, Saturn Award, MTV Movie Award and so on. Tom Hiddleston is an avid campaigner of UNICEF and has traveled to many places to create awareness about women rights, hunger, and malnutrition. He is also involved in many other charity events.