Netflix 'The Umbrella Academy' Season 1: After 'Game of Thrones' and 'Black Sails' Tom Hopper is back as the ultimate strongman

From Hopper's hilarious take on Dickon Tarly, to Billy Bones on 'Black Sails', the actor is slowly getting the limelight he deserves


                            Netflix 'The Umbrella Academy' Season 1: After 'Game of Thrones' and 'Black Sails' Tom Hopper is back as the ultimate strongman

Tom Hopper is an English-born actor who graduated with honors from Rose Bruford College in London. Being a theater actor at the very onset of his career, he began acting on the sets of 'Casualty', where his skills led him to be a guest actor on the show as Hugh "Chewy" Mullen.

Hopper's acting profile kept expanding by the year, the years 2007-2010 saw him playing parts on acclaimed shows like 'Kingdom', 'Doctors', and even the remake of the 'Doctor Who' series, slowly catapulting Hopper into stardom.

Tom Hopper, Image Courtesy: IMDB
Tom Hopper, Image Courtesy: IMDB

Hopper's big break came when he starred as Lord Percival on BBC's 'Merlin', where his performance was well noted by directors, and he was recognized for his "good guy" charm. But it's not Hopper's "good guy" charm we notice first.

At almost 6 feet 5 inches tall, Hopper's immense size is hard to ignore, and he was soon cast as the lead for 'Kill Ratio', an action-packed flick, which, while not being the best action movie out there, still got him noticed, and furthered his career in the industry.

Mark Ryan, Toby Stephens, and Tom Hopper in Black Sails (2014), Image Courtesy: IMDB
Mark Ryan, Toby Stephens, and Tom Hopper in Black Sails (2014), Image Courtesy: IMDB

It seems all the minor roles were slowly setting him up for something greater, and 2017 was the year a curious young Harper was one of the first actors to join the cast of Starz' series 'Black Sails', where his hulking figure was cast as Billy Bones. It was on the set of 'Black Sails' Hopper met his future wife and an actress in her own right, Laura Hopper. The couple now have two children together.

With Hopper's serious talent, and, of course, his considerable size, it's no wonder he was cast on HBO's 'Game of Thrones' as the hilariously named Dickon Tarly (where his name was used as a running gag in the series because who could resist the play on words).

So famous did Hopper get (not only because of his character's name) because of the size of his arms, numerous memes popped up overnight, and the actor became an almost overnight sensation with hilarious takes on his name. But, in regular 'Game of Thrones' fashion, he was killed off before his prime. However, Hopper suspects Sam Tarly will be the one to take the throne, thereby bringing honor to his untimely death in the series.

James Faulkner and Tom Hopper in Game of Thrones (2011) Image Courtesy: IMDB
James Faulkner and Tom Hopper in Game of Thrones (2011) Image Courtesy: IMDB

Now Hopper's looking on to bigger things, and 'The Umbrella Academy' seems to be, by far, one of the best additions to his acting resume. 'The Umbrella Academy' is an adaptation of a goth graphic novel with the same name, and focuses on a "family" of Superpowered individuals, who are investigating the death of their adoptive father.

Hopper as Luther Hargreeves in 'The Umbrella Academy', Image Courtesy: IMDB
Hopper as Luther Hargreeves in 'The Umbrella Academy', Image Courtesy: IMDB

Hopper plays Spaceboy aka Luther Hargreeves in this on-screen adaptation. Spaceboy is Number 1 in the comics and is an individual of immeasurable strength and endurance who's looked at as the leader of this dysfunctional squad. From the trailers, it's pretty clear this is going to be one heck of a show, and we have to say, we didn't think it would be possible for Hopper's arms to get any bigger, but they did! You can watch the trailer for 'The Umbrella Academy' below and decide for yourselves.