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Marvel‘s Supervillain Loki

You may have seen him as Loki, Thor’s enemy in the films Thor and The Avengers. His real name is Thomas William Hiddleston and he was born on 9 February 1981 in Westminster, London. This talented Briton actually started his career in musicals long before he played Loki. At the age of 18, he started working in a theatre production. He has been nominated for numerous awards and has won 9.

Tom attended Eton College, a prestigious boarding school for boys. Prince William was in the same school too! Tom continued his education at the University of Cambridge where he earned a double first in Classics. He then pursued his passion and eventually graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Tom did not get the support to be an actor from his father. Tom’s father was a managing director of a pharmaceutical company and he thought that acting was an unnecessary gamble for one so bright and well educated. Tom said his father was genuinely worried he would be bored and unfulfilled.

“Acting was completely other from anything he knew and he just couldn’t see that it was a real job.” Determined with his ambition, Tom stayed positive and went for auditions and proved his father wrong.

Tom went through a sad time as a child when his parents were divorced but he outgrew the pain. He said that the divorce made him more compassionate in his understanding of human weaknesses. It is a lesson for us to learn – we can definitely move on with life after a sad occurrence if we try to understand it.

Although Tom is known for his role as a bad guy, did you know he is extremely polite, articulate and friendly? It is something we should consider to improve ourselves – to communicate politely and show friendliness in our daily lives.

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pursue (v) – to catch, to follow (a goal in life).
pharmaceutical (n) – things related to medicine and drugs.
compassion (adj) – sympathy for or understanding someone’s suffering.
articulate (adj) – speaks well.

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