Tom Hiddleston was born and grew up in England. He first studied classical studies and was discovered by a casting agent while playing a role in a Cambridge production. While he is most recognized for his portrayal of Marvel’s Loki, people tend to overlook the myriad other films he has featured in that are worth noting and need to be explored.
Hiddleston is unquestionably one of those actors who can make the most of what they’re given and lead it down a path towards becoming something really remarkable. He is a man who really cares about and fights for the people he plays. We’re eager to see what the future holds for him, especially since he recently said that he would someday pass the torch onto someone else. However, for the time being, here are eight of Tom Hiddleston‘s greatest performances rank from worst to best.
8 – Midnight in Paris
To begin, let us recall the very first-time Owen Wilson and Tom Hiddleston appeared on the same screen. Midnight in Paris is a fantasy comedy film revolving around Gil Pender (Wilson), who goes back in time from the present day at midnight and be haunted by the 1920s, when he encounters F. Scott Fitzgerald (Hiddleston), whom he has studied his whole life before. Despite the fact that Hiddleston’s involvement is modest, he fits his character so well that it’s difficult to believe he isn’t Fitzgerald himself.
7 – The Night Manager
Earlier this year, Tom Hiddleston was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his role as the main character Jonathan Pine in the British mini-series The Night Manager. Hiddleston portrays the title character, a night manager who is recruited to access the inner circle of arms dealers. The role of a mild-mannered gentleman who decides to give up his life in order to become a spy somehow suits the actor flawlessly. You’d think that it would be difficult to reconcile the actor’s performances in different parts, yet you have to marvel at how quickly he becomes immersed in his many characters.
6 – Only Lovers Left Alive
If you want to watch Tom Hiddleston in a comedy-drama (or near-horror if you’re afraid of vampires), Only Lovers Left Alive is the film for you. The story revolves around two vampire lovers, Eve (Tilda Swinton) and Adam (Hiddleston), whose reunion is thwarted by Eve’s rowdy sister. Few people seem to be aware of the actor’s sweet-loving super-emo part, but they should be. All of the vampire characters casually mention their involvement in significant historical events, which may seem cliché but can be ignored.
5 – Crimson Peak
Crimson Peak is a gothic horror film helmed and written by Guillermo del Toro. It took place in Edwardian England. Despite harsh criticism for its narrative and characters and a lackluster box office performance, Tom Hiddleston brought an incredible performance playing Thomas Sharpe, an English baronet and the mystery spouse of the protagonist Edith (Mia Wasikowska). One might argue that the film is very predictable, but as always, Hiddleston‘s nuanced portrayal delves deeper into the formulaic sad Victorian boy cliche in many different dimensions.
4 – Thor: Ragnarok
It’s true that Thor: Ragnarok is one of the outstanding films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s canon. Despite all of his sins and betrayals, it’s difficult to despise Loki and his persona. Tom Hiddleston deserves further credit for injecting such complexity into what was originally intended to be a supporting villain role. From the devious methods of joining with the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) to save his own back, to ultimately collaborating as a team with Thor, and to the comedy delivery. Hiddleston has never failed to deliver. Ragnarok is undoubtedly one of his crowning achievements as the nefarious God.
3 – Unrelated
Unrelated was released in 2007 and stars Tom Hiddleston as Oakley, a young blonde rebel youngster. Despite being mostly about wealthy people vacationing in an Italian town, Unrelated has the air of a gentle, soft-spoken film with no performers, just ordinary people going about their lives. Although Hiddleston’s pre-fame role is modest once again, he plays a vital part in the primary heroine Anna’s journey of self-discovery. Throughout the holiday, she disregards her adult duties and fantasizes about having a fling with the years-younger Oakley, until he gently rejects her, forcing her to assert her adulthood. The film is pretty tough to locate on streaming services, but it’s worth checking out if you want to see Hiddleston’s youthful talent shine through.
2 – Loki
As aforementioned, Hiddleston‘s ability to make you flip for a villainous character, owing to his knack in imbuing his characters with various levels. However, we’ve included Loki twice on the list since the Disney show is so much better than you’d imagine, even if your expectations were already rather high. Finally, the actor has been given the opportunity to depict Loki as a character with more emotional depth. He was permitted to display both the charmingly vulnerable and the terribly sad moments. He has finally matured as a character on this path to self-discovery.
1 – Archipelago
Archipelago has a strong resemblance to the aforementioned Unrelated, in that a family chooses to vacation in the Isles of Scilly while facing family and personal issues at the same time. Hiddleston portrays Edward, a man who is going through a quarter-life crisis after abandoning his solid career and traveling to Africa to aid AIDS patients. Although this is not one of Hiddleston’s more well-known films, it does have a sense of calming despite the familial troubles. Because of this, Hiddleston was given the opportunity to portray a more humanistic figure; nonetheless, he is seldom addressed in the same breath as his previous, more well-known performances.