This adorable man behind Avengers bad boy Loki is so damn polite that he blames his popularity on Loki’s leather outfits. Don’t sell yourself short, Tom! The Thor: The Dark World star deserves all the love of Hiddleston’s Army for being incredibly talented and kind from the start (looks don’t hurt either).
He could pass for a British Justin Timberlake
Thomas William Hiddleston was born in London, England on February 9, 1981. It’s a shame the world wasn’t aware of his acting chops during his time studying drama at Eton College, Cambridge University and London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – there definitely would’ve been a huge Save The Fro campaign just like we tried (and failed) with JT.
He played rugby
Tom isn’t just a huge rugby fan, he was also a player in his Cambridge days! In an interview with the Society of London Theatre, Tom revealed the exact moment he knew he had to give up sports for acting. “I ran off and played this rugby game and at half time [the captain] came up to me. . .I’d turned up caked in ridiculous student drama make up!”
He was discovered in a school play
When Tom was 19, a talent agent happened to catch his university’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire, a classic drama about life in New Orleans, in 2000. You know you’ve got talent when the film industry notices you in just a secondary role! It was a game-changing moment that took Tom from the stage to the screen. . .
First TV role!
The small screen came first for Tom’s acting career. In 2001, he played a posh but rude lord at a dinner party in the TV movie adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Nicholas Nickelby. His character may not be lovable, but seeing 20-year-old Tom suited up Victorian-style sure is nice.
He cheered up prisoners over the holidays
While our old LiveJournals probably have nothing but teenage angst, this online diary by 20-year-old Tom from December 2001 will make you love him even more. In it, Tom talks about his work with the London Shakespeare Workout Prison Project, a charitable group that give prison inmates acting lessons to keep them company. “For one afternoon we were some friendly faces to take them out of that place,” Tom writes. So many feels!
First film role!
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2005, Tom got his first big-screen role at 27 in the 2008 British drama Unrelated. Tom plays Oakley, a teenager in Italy who takes a liking to a girl with a boyfriend back in London (dun duuuun). If you were her, who would you choose?
Great and Grateful
Now 32, Tom Hiddleston is well on his way to becoming a household name after acting in blockbusters like Thor, The Avengers and Midnight in Paris. Out of character, he’s helped raise money for UNICEF, volunteered in Africa, and takes time to say hi to fans. Loki may be why his fanbase got started, but the reason they’ve grown in size is all thanks to Tom’s greatest role: his kind self.