Date of Birth: February 9, 1981
Thomas William Hiddleston was born in Westminster, London. He studied Classics at Pembroke College of the University of Cambridge, where acting agent Lorraine Hamilton witnessed his performance in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Shortly thereafter, he was then given his first television role, appearing in Stephen Whittaker's adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby for ITV. Still in university, Hiddleston appeared
in Conspiracy (BBC/HBO), and in the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning BBC/HBO drama The Gathering Storm.
He then continued his studies, focusing on theater at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). After graduating in 2005, Hiddleston starred in his first film role in Joanna Hogg's award-winning first feature, Unrelated. He also appeared in Hogg's second
feature, Archipelago in 2010. In the meantime, Hiddlestone had won Best Newcomer in a Play at the 2008 Laurence Olivier Awards for his performance in
Cymbeline. He'd also appeared in many other shows with the theater company "Cheek By Jowl," and starred in productions at Donmar Warehouse Theatre, including the critically-acclaimed Othello alongside Ewan McGregor, and later as Lvov in their West End revival of Chekhov's Ivanov.
In 2011 Hiddleston's career began to heat up with roles in major motion pictures such as Thor, playing the title character's brother Loki in the Marvel comic-turned film. The role gave him the opportunity to be directed by acclaimed actor/director Kenneth Branagh, having worked with him in the stage production Ivanov and the British TV series Wallander. Hiddleston returned to the role of Loki in another comic-book inspired film, The Avengers, and appeared in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris alongside Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. He can also be seen in the 2012 drama The Deep Blue Sea with Rachel Weisz. He most recently returned to play Loki in Thor: The Dark World (2013).