6 Terrific Tom Hiddleston Performances (That Aren’t Loki)

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At his current trajectory, there's no doubt that Thomas William Hiddleston is on course for greatness, awards and probably medals from nations far and wide. If he goes on to become a knight of the realm and a demigod to a tribe of discerning cineastes, we certainly won’t begrudge him it. His wildly fun turn as Loki in Thor saw him mischief his way to prominence, earning him Avengers MVP status, alongside franchise lodestar Robert Downey Jr.. But it’s not just his Marvel work or – sorry Tom! – his Empire Sexiest list prominence that’s notable about him. With Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive offering a walk on the wan side, here’s our pick of his other roles to date.


THE HOLLOW CROWN (2012)


It’s not just about movies, theatre and teaching Cookie Monster the concept of patience with To-Hi – he also gives tremendous TV. In the BBC’s Henry IV Part I and II and Henry V, he made an acclaimed Prince Hal, a role he couldn’t have been more born to play if he’d been christened ‘Hal’, his dad was king and his hair naturally grew in a saucer shape. Of course, none of that applies – his dad is a scientist and he has excellent hair – but he does effortless communicate the rare mix of noblisse oblige and warrior spirit demanded by Shakespeare’s warring royal. Producer Sam Mendes tapped him for the role and his Thor boss Kenneth Branagh (himself a former Henry V) emailed him encouragement beforehand, gestures that show the esteem in which he’s held by even hallowed stage and screen veterans.


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THE DEEP BLUE SEA (2011)

The Hiddler has done plenty of stage work – most recently as a barnstorming Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse – so the theatrical elegance of Terence Davies’s Rattigan adaptation must have suited him down to its Blitz-rubble-strewn ground. With typical nuance, he plays Freddie Page, an ex-RAF man and Battle of Britain survivor whose raffish confidence masks deeper turmoil. Page is a callow man torn between his desire for a desirable but married woman (Rachel Weisz) and an impulse to run like hell from the first sign of commitment. This film features icy reserve, reckless indifference to his lover’s predicament and scenes of mild golf. If you come for the super-sharks, you’ll been disappointed.

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UNRELATED (2006)

When people talk about manners being painful, Unrelated is what they mean. Joanna Hogg, beginning a three-film (to date) partnership with Tom Hiddleston, has an acute ear as much for what goes unsaid in middle-class mingling, as she does for the occasional explosions of angry shouting that bring them to a head. Hiddleston plays Oakley, the well-to-do scion of a holiday family, as virile and confident as the group’s 40-something guest Anna (Kathryn Worth) is brittle and conflicted. There’s sexual tension – most of it coming from her – a painful misunderstanding, a car crash, a huge slanging match and some mild drug abuse, but as ever with Team Hoggleston, it’s in the stillness and understatement that the film lands its real punches.

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