He was also nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Newcomer of 2003 in a Society of London Theatre Affiliate for his performance as Skank in the aforementioned production of In Arabia We'd All Be Kings.Hardy appeared in the 2005 BBC miniseries The Virgin Queen as Robert Dudley, a childhood friend of Elizabeth I.To further his acting ambition, Hardy later studied at Richmond Drama School, and subsequently at the Drama Centre London.
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Edward Thomas Hardy (born 15 September 1977) is an English actor and producer.
His film debut was in Ridley Scott's 2001 action film Black Hawk Down.
For the film, he put on three stone (19 kg/42 pounds).
In June 2009, Hardy starred in Martina Cole's four-part TV drama The Take on Sky One, as a drugs and alcohol fuelled gangster.
In 2014, Hardy starred in the film The Drop alongside James Gandolfini, in what would be the latter's final appearance in a feature film before his death.