Tom Hardy, who will reprise his role as Alfie Solomons in the new BBC series Peaky Blinders, admits he abused his ‘privileged upbringing’ by turning to drugs and crime
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Peaky Blinders star Tom Hardy thinks he had everything, but failed after turning to drugs and crime.
The actor, 44, who will reprise his role as Alfie Solomons in the new BBC series, enrolled in rehab in 2003 and became sober at the age of 25.
The father-of-three told the Daily Mirror in 2017: “If I had 4 liters of beer and half a bottle of vodka, I could turn this room into an absolute nightmare in about three minutes.
“I can destroy everything in my life that I worked so hard for.”
“It’s the suburbs, life is so privileged and peaceful that it’s dull, it gives you an instinctive desire to get things done.”
Tom had a “privileged and peaceful” childhood in South West London, but admits he had to ‘endanger himself’.
“I was arrested at the age of 15 for playing around in a stolen Mercedes. And for good measure, there’s a gun in the car,’ he revealed.
“I just had to put myself in danger – it was a kind of self-harm.”
The famous actor got his big break in the television series Band Of Brothers directed by Steven Spielberg after being discovered in drama school.
However, Tom is battling a disabling drug addiction.
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He revealed: “I sold my mother for a cracked rock. . . The police would come, they would beat me, but it never killed me so I said, “Okay, what else do you have?”
When he was interviewed for his role in Venom in 2018, he said Good morning England Richard Arnold’s: “It’s clear to me that I’m a standard alcoholic bogged down, throughout my life, in recovery.”
Despite his demons, Tom has had an extremely successful acting career with countless Hollywood films.
But it was his performance as Alfie Solomons that fans will be most excited to see the actor reprise the role in Peaky Blinders’ final series, which begins on BBC One tonight.
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When the show revealed the official trailer for series 6, Tom’s character Alfie appeared – much to the excitement of fans.
The short clip shows Tommy Shelby, do Cillian Murphy walk through the Solomons rum distillery.
When Alfie appeared, Tommy said, “Alfie, I think I might have written your final script.”
Fans claim they’ve figured out why Alfie is back, hinting that Tommy needs the gang leader to take on the fascist leader, Oswald Mosley, played by Sam Clafin.
Viewers think that despite the pair’s evil history – Alfie could be just the person Tommy needs.
Peaky Blinders starts tonight on BBC One at 9pm.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/peaky-blinders-star-tom-hardy-26343095 Peaky Blinders star Tom Hardy says he's got it all but 'f****d it with drugs'