Date of Birth: January 28, 1985
English actor Tom Hopper was born in Coalville, Leicestershire. He studied acting at Rose Bruford College, from which he would graduate in 2006 with honors.
Following his graduation he landed a guest role in 2007 on the TV series Casualty, and a small role in the film Saxon (2007), followed by guest roles on the TV series Doctors (2008) and Doctor Who (2010). Also in 2010, he was cast in a regular role as Sir Percival in the BBC series Merlin, a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend. That role would help propel him to future projects such as the TV mini-series Good Cop and smaller films such as the romance-thriller Leopard (2013), the action-comedy Knights of Badassdom (2013) and the action-adventure film Northmen - A Viking Saga (2014).
His physicality and towering frame at 6'5" would also help him in nabbing a prominent role in the form of Billy Bones on the Starz pirate adventure-drama Black Sails in 2014. After the show ended in 2017 after four seasons, Tom was still in demand, immediately nabbing a role as swordsman-hunter Dickon Tarly on the eighth season of the hit HBO fantasy-drama series Game of Thrones.
During this time he would play his first leading role in the straight-to-video action flick Kill Ratio (2016), while also landing his first Hollywood gig in the Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty (2018).
Tom married British actress Laura Higgins in 2014 and together they have two children: Truly Rose Hopper and Freddie Douglas Hopper.
In 2019 Tom can be seen playing the role of Luther in the new Netflix series The Umbrella Academy.
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