Edward Thomas 'Tom' Hardy (born 15 September 1977) is an English actor. Some of his most notable film roles include Star Trek: Nemesis, RocknRolla, Bronson, Warrior, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, This Means War, and Inception, the critically acclaimed film for which he won the BAFTA Rising Star Award. His television roles include the BBC mini-series The Virgin Queen, ITV's Wuthering Heights, in which he played Heathcliff, Stuart: A Life Backwards, for which he garnered a nomination for the BAFTA for Best Actor, and Martina Cole's The Take. In 2012, he appeared as the supervillain Bane in Christopher Nolan's film The Dark Knight Rises and as Forrest Bondurant in John Hillcoat's crime thriller film Lawless. Hardy was born in Hammersmith, London; the only child of Anne (ne Barrett) and Edward 'Chips' Hardy. He was brought up in East Sheen, London. His mother is an artist and painter whose family is Irish Catholic, and his father is a writer of advertisements, comedy, and novels.