Thomas William Hiddleston was born in Westminster, London February 9, 1981.
His mother is a former stage manager, and his father, a scientist, was the managing director of a pharmaceutical company.
He has two sisters (one older, one younger).
His great-great-grandfather was Sir Edmund Vestey, 1st Baronet, an English importer who became a Baronet for supplying food to British troops during the First World War.
He grew up in Wimbledon and Oxford, England.
He attended preparatory school at The Dragon School in Oxford.
By the time he was 13 he boarded at Eton College (Prince William was one of his schoolmates.)
He got into acting at this age to cope with the divorce of his parents.
He then went to Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge.
He played Rugby but gave it up for his love of acting.
He earned a double first in Classics and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2005.
Whilst at University of Cambridge, he was seen in the play "A Streetcar named Desire" by the agency Hamilton Hodell and landed his first TV role in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
His first feature film was Unrelated, in which his younger sister also made her film debut.
He says he took up dancing as a teenager to impress girls.
Tom speaks French, Spanish, and Greek.
He is well known for his celebrity impressions including my favorite, a Jurassic Park raptor.
In January of 2013 he traveled with Unicef UK to Guinea, West Africa, to visit children, families, and communities. He continues to remain involved with the organization.
The first movie I ever saw Tom in was Return to Cranford but I didn't know who he was at the time.
I first really noticed him when I went to Avengers in the theater.
Throughout most of the movie I didn't really realize how handsome he was and then he did this laugh/smile and I've been a fan girl ever since.
He quickly surpassed Henry Cavill as my #1 celebrity crush and has stayed there ever since.
He is handsome, extremely talented, smart, and above all a really nice guy.
He is known for apologizing. And when someone brought that up to him in an interview, he apologized.
He has shown up to a red carpet on a cold day with hot soup for a reporter.
He has come back to take a picture with a fan after feeling bad about rushing past her.
He is a truly kind person.
It is hard to pick favorite roles because I have yet to see all of his films or TV shows.
But here are some of the standouts to me.
#1 War Horse
I love this movie. Love, love, love this movie.
It is fantastic in just about every way.
Tom's role is quite short but very important.
And in those few minutes he is on screen he makes a large impact.
#2: The Hollow Crown
This series is incredible.
Very dramatic. Full of great actors.
Tom is great as Prince Hal in Henry lV parts one and two and outstanding as King Henry in Henry V.
He brought me to tears and months after watching it I would still find myself thinking about it.
I doubt I will ever get to see Tom doing Shakespeare in real life so this is the closest I can get to it. And it is spectacular.
He was made to do Shakespeare.
#3: Thor/ Avengers
Tom originally auditioned for the role of Thor but thankfully Kenneth Branagh decided he would make a better Loki. I think he would have been great as Thor but personally I think there is so much more to the character of Loki. And I think his talent is really suited for the deepest of characters.
When Thor first came out Tom did a family and friends screening, bringing toys for all his younger cousins.
#4: Cranford Returns
He played William Buxton.
He just has one of those faces that works great in a period drama.
#5: Miss Austen Regrets
He plays the very earnest suitor to Jane Austen's niece to perfection.
In short, I think Tom is awesome.
*Do you have a favorite Tom role or quote?