Congratulations are in order for English actor Tom Hardy as he received his CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his contribution to drama.
ET Canada reported that the star was bestowed with the honor by none other than Prince Charles at the Buckingham Palace. It was announced earlier this year that Hardy would be honored with his CBE and the ceremony finally took place on Friday. The Royal Family's official Twitter account shared snaps of the ceremony along with the message, "Actor Tom Hardy has been made a #CBE for services to drama. He received his award from The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace today."
Hardy has been friends with Prince Harry for several years now and even became an ambassador for Charles' charity The Prince's Trust back in 2010.
After the ceremony, Tom declined to speak to the press, reported LADBible. The 'Venom' star received his CBE as an acknowledgment of his steady rise to stardom over the years, having acted in several blockbusters including 'Inception', 'Mad Max: Fury Road', 'Legend' and 'The Dark Knight', making him one of the most sought-after actors in the business. The actor studied acting at the Richmond Drama School and the Drama Centre and got his first major role in 2001 as US Army Private John Janovec in the miniseries 'Band of Brothers'. In the same year, he also got the part of Lance Twombly in 'Black Hawk Down'.
While Tom has had a successful career in show business, his personal life hasn't always been perfect. He battled an addiction to crack cocaine until his mid-20s and has also been in police custody on account of disorderly conduct. But in 2003, the 41-year-old actor decided to turn over a new leaf and get his life back on track and checked himself into rehab.
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In an interview with Esquire, he discussed how his struggles in the past have helped him in the portrayal of some of his characters, including his lead role in the film 'Venom'. Speaking about his character, he said, "To me, it's exciting because it's a double act. The character has an ethical framework, the alien by virtue of coming from another planet doesn't have the same ethical framework, and they have to work out how to be together, so they click." He continued, "It's like acting out mental illness in some aspects, of which I have a fair understanding, having had a certain amount of mental health problems of my own, which are relevant, being an addict. So, I might as well f**king use it."