How to dance like tom hiddleston

Yes, Tom Hiddleston is a crazy good dancer, but the media is turning him into a dancing monkey.

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British actor Tom Hiddleston has played the title role in Coriolanus onstage, Loki in Marvel’s massively profitable Avengers franchise, and the night manager in the new prestige-y miniseries The Night Manager. He is rumored to be on the shortlist to play James Bond. The 35-year-old British actor is versatile, and he’s on his way to becoming a household name.* But the role he is probably best known for is a less glamorous one: dancing monkey.

Hiddleston likes to dance, and he is very good at it. So good, in fact, that after he demonstrated these skills during one memorable appearance at a Korean promotional event in 2013—when he knocked over a chair capering to the crowd’s adoring screams—he has been repeatedly commanded to dance over and over again in public and been tossed pellets of praise upon performing as directed. The actor has done something called “snake hips” on top of a bed for MTV and then Gangnam-Styled for good measure. He has pranced with an all-female pop group for SNL Korea. The man has been montaged and GIF’d to within an inch of his life, and various YouTube videos of his impromptu performance in Korea have been viewed more than 4 million times. When he kicked his heels up on the glittering set of the British talk show Chatty Man, the host bowed down in worship:

Hiddleston’s predicament—if you can really call it that—is in some ways a uniquely modern phenomenon. The guy does a little footwork during a photo shoot for an obscure British magazine, and the footage ends up spliced into dozens of fan-produced montages online.

Hiddleston’s fans do not require lengthy, committed dance sequences to satiate them. When he did a suave version of the robot with Taylor Swift at the Met Gala last month, a series of dark, blurry Snapchats and Instagram posts instantly went viral:

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A week later he spun around an after-party at the TV British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards with similar results. He shimmied for a split second in the January trailer for the thriller High-Rise, and Entertainment Weekly crowed that he was “dancing and dangerous.”

By now, Hiddleston has been asked about dancing so often in interviews that there is enough material to compile into listicles like “12 Tom Hiddleston Quotes About Dancing That Will Inspire You to Move.” When an entertainment reporter asked Chris Hemsworth to play a word-association game about his Avengers costars, his immediate response to Hiddleston’s name was “dancing.”

As word has spread of his skills, the media has accordingly demanded that he turn on the charm on command. And so the entertainment industrial complex has ended up producing moments like this one, in which Hiddleston is egged into a half-hearted dance-off with actor Zachary Levi on the Thor 2 red carpet:

This man won a Laurence Olivier Award for his role in Cymbeline on the London stage. But success means doing a pained jig for photographers as Maria Menounos shrieks “This is an Extra exclusive!” in the background.

Hiddleston is far from the first male star to be forced to hoof it on repeat. First there was (and is) Channing Tatum, of course, who’d actually worked as a stripper and got his big break as an actor in the dance romance Step Up, some half a decade before he cemented his legacy with Magic Mike. Paul Rudd, at this point, has two-stepped his way across too many talk show stages to count. All of these guys can really dance, but it’s not just that. They are equal parts coordinated and goofy, sexy and silly. They exude a happy-go-lucky gameness. “Oh, I couldn’t possibly,” you might tell them, but they would coax you out onto the dance floor anyway, and make you laugh while doing it. Their moves are more mesmerizing than a thousand canned red carpet quips. And the media, sensing an opportunity, has readily capitalized, especially in the wake of Tatum’s meteoric, pelvic-thrusting rise. It’s hard to blame them, but it does make for a pretty desperate spectacle: the reporters straining to wring some ratings magic from a Hiddleston hip swivel; the male celebrities blessed with rhythm and sex appeal doomed to shimmy on the publicity hamster wheel for all eternity. Painful as it is to imagine, it may finally be time to set the dancing monkeys free.

*Correction, June 1, 2016: This article originally misstated actor Tom Hiddleston’s age. He is 35, not 32.

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Tom Hiddleston plays Dr. Robert Laing in High-Rise, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s 1975 cult novel about what it’s like living in a dystopic luxury apartment building as one tries to work up to living in the penthouse. Some may recognize the actor with the matinee-idol good looks as villain Loki in the Thor films or as the star in AMC thriller The Night Manager, but in High-Rise he’s not so easily pegged – in one scene he’s seeing eating the leg of an Alsatian dog while in a bloody suit and, later, on the balcony of his apartment sunbathing naked on a lawn chair.

One of his neighbors in the building is a man named Wilder (Luke Evans), a charismatic documentarian who lives with his pregnant wife. At one point, Dr. Laing and Wilder attend a party thrown by the “lower floors,” dancing to “Fly United” by Amon Düül II, when one drunken party goer accidentally falls off the balcony. High-Rise is available On-Demand beginning April 28th and in theaters May 13th. Watch the clip above to get a taste of some of the outrageous antics to expect.

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Tom Hiddleston is a British actor who won the love of the audience thanks to the screen image of the god of cunning Loki. But this is not the only thing he is famous for, because the performer still has many bright roles on his account.

Childhood and youth

Thomas William Hiddleston was born on February 9, 1981, he is Aquarius according to the zodiac sign. The future artist lived in the London suburb of Wimbledon, and later moved to a village near Oxford. nine0005

He is the middle child in the family and grew up with two sisters: older Sarah and younger Emma. Their father ran his own pharmaceutical company and has always been a role model for his son, because he managed to build a business from scratch. Mom worked all her life in the field of art, but managed to raise children. She became an example of a strong and confident woman for a star.

Parents divorced when Tom was in his teens, but the boy did not suffer from a lack of their attention. They raised their son to be hardworking, well-read, understanding and compassionate. According to the memoirs of the actor, his childhood was ideal, because next to him there were always relatives and true friends. nine0005

Since the family was well off, Hiddleston was able to get an education in the best educational institutions in England. First, he studied at the boarding school Dragon School, and then, on the advice of his father, he entered Eton College, which is famous for its sports fields, art workshops and theater. The latter especially attracted young Thomas, because even then he was interested in art.

Tom Hiddleston in his youth / @ihya.castillejo

Later, the future artist studied at Cambridge and finally decided on the choice of profession. He honed his acting skills at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which he graduated in 2005, after which he began to serve the theater. nine0005


In the early stages of his creative biography, Tom was much more famous for stage images than screen ones. While still a student at Cambridge University, he participated in the production of A Streetcar Named Desire and managed to attract the attention of the public.

The artist has a particular interest in the plays of William Shakespeare. 2008 was marked by the fact that Hiddleston was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for best debut for two roles in productions based on the works of the famous English playwright - Othello and Cymbeline. He received the award for the latter. nine0005

The audience also remembered the celebrity's participation in the play "Coriolanus", staged on the stage of the non-profit theater Donmar Warehouse. In it, Thomas got the main role, as in Hamlet. His talent was appreciated by critics.

In 2019, the artist teamed up with Charlie Cox and Zawe Ashton to portray the character in the play Betrayal. With her, he made his debut on Broadway and received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor.


The screen debut of the celebrity took place while studying at the Academy of Dramatic Art. In 2001, the picture "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" was released, where the performer got a small role. In the future, his filmography was replenished with other projects, but all of them did not bring popularity. nine0005

Joanna Hogg, who wished to see him in her film Alien, opened the path to big cinema for the beginning artist. In it, Tom appeared in the form of a young villain Oakley, who played a significant role in the plot. He managed to impress the director, and later she invited him to the Archipelago. The drama received positive reviews from critics and was shortlisted for the London Film Festival.

The very next year, 2011, became a breakthrough year for the star, and not only thanks to the collaboration with Marvel Studios. Hiddleston's track record included the role of the famous writer Francis Scott Fitzgerald, whom he embodied in the comedy "Midnight in Paris" by Woody Allen. The film has a rating of 9 on Rotten Tomatoes.3%.

Tom Hiddleston and Emma Watson / @EmmaWatsonSheIsInfinite

The star's performance in Terence Davis' melodrama Deep Blue Sea was also praised. He played former military pilot Freddie Page, who enters into a vicious relationship with married Esther Collier, played by Rachel Weisz. The love chemistry between the artists left no one indifferent.

The actor also managed to work with Tilda Swinton, who became his partner in the film Only Lovers Left Alive. Preparing for the shooting left only pleasant memories for the star, because they read poems and excerpts from their favorite works to each other with their colleagues and the director. This helped to create a special atmosphere on the site. nine0005

Mia Wasikowska, whom the performer later met on the set of the horror film Crimson Peak, also starred in this tape. He embodied the mysterious baronet Thomas Sharp, and she embodied his young wife Edith Cushing. The picture received several nominations for prestigious awards, including "Saturn".

In an interview, the performer recalled that although the tape turned out to be gloomy, the atmosphere of fun reigned on the site. He also remembered the process of working on the dystopia "High-rise", the action of which takes place in a building with many floors, where resettlement takes place according to the class principle. nine0005

The celebrity character in the film is Dr. Robert Lang. Tom did everything to play convincingly, so he read the book of the writer James Ballard, which formed the basis of the plot, and was also personally present at the autopsy. I had to make sacrifices for the role in the musical drama I Saw the Light, where Elizabeth Olsen became the partner of the artist. He increased his sports loads to look even slimmer and taller on the screens. But in this picture his vocal talent was revealed, because he personally performed several songs. nine0005

In 2016, the premiere of the mini-series The Night Administrator took place, where the artist played the main role of Jonathan Pine. The hero of the star is a former soldier, Hiddleston often has to embody them on the screens. But the performer believes that this is the beauty of the profession, because he can feel himself in those circumstances in which he would never find himself in real life. Tom can only guess how he would behave if he were in the place of the character, but this only makes it more interesting.

Critics liked The Night Manager so much that the actor was awarded the prestigious Golden Globe Award. The audience hoped to see him in the sequel, but instead he pleased them with a new project - the thriller Kong: Skull Island. nine0005

In the film, the performer appeared in the image of former commando James Conrad. According to the plot, the hero not only masters weapons and hand-to-hand combat skills, but also knows how to get out of any trouble. Therefore, the star had to try hard to match the image. He woke up every day at 4 am to go to training with the former Navy SEAL, who helped him achieve impeccable physical shape.

Shooting in the jungles of Vietnam was no less exhausting. Hiddleston had to dive into the swamp and spend a lot of time in the mud, but this did not prevent him from enjoying the local scenery. nine0005

After the release of this picture, the actor, who is famous for his diligence, has become less likely to please his fans with new works. He later attributed this decision to a desire to rethink his path and devote more time to the stage. The only screen image that he never parted with is Loki.


In addition to Joanna Hogg, the person to whom Hiddleston is grateful for his brilliant screen career is director Kenneth Branagh. He first noticed the actor on the theater stage and invited him to star in the TV series Wallander, the work on which left a positive impression. nine0005 Tom Hiddleston as Loki

Later, when he took on the role of Thor, Branagh couldn't help but think of a talented artist who seemed to fit the role of the god of thunder. Tom was enthusiastic about the preparation, as he had long been a fan of comics and superhero films. He spent 1.5 months following a strict diet and regularly going to the gym to gain muscle mass, but during the tests it became clear that the image of Thor did not suit him.

Hiddleston had already said goodbye to the project, but the director invited him to audition for the role of the brother of the protagonist - the god of cunning Loki. This turned out to be the best decision, because the actor easily managed to transform into a charming villain. He later admitted in an interview that the character gives him the opportunity to show his dark side without harming those around him. nine0005

The performer first appeared in a Marvel movie in 2011 and instantly captivated the audience, who began to call themselves "Hiddlestonians". Tom admitted that he was surprised by such increased attention, because in life he is a very modest person. The skill of the performer was appreciated by the critics, who awarded him the Empire Award for the best debut.

The screen partner of the star in "Thor" was Chris Hemsworth, who got the lead role. The actors easily worked together and already on the set of the next part - "The Kingdom of Darkness" - had fun together. They lived in a small house, cooking and chatting every evening. nine0005

Worked well with colleagues from the Avengers films, including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch. Tom appeared in them regularly until the character was taken out of the story in Infinity War. In an interview, the performer said that he was sure that he would not return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But later he, like the audience, was in for a pleasant surprise.

Personal life

The charismatic actor has no shortage of admirers. Tom experienced his first love during his school years: he was 10 years old when he kissed a classmate. But childhood feelings were not long, and soon they parted. nine0005 Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift / @tele21hn

Much more serious was an affair that happened while studying at the university. Hiddleston behaved like a true romantic and refused the most important audition to follow his beloved to Paris and surprise her. This could have cost him his career, but, fortunately, fate gave him a second chance, and the relationship with that girl eventually ended in a break.

Being popular, Tom decided to keep his personal life a secret from fans and the press, but journalists still managed to find rare details. Yes, in 2009year it became known about the relationship of the artist and his colleague Suzanne Fielding. There were even rumors about their engagement, but they turned out to be false, and the actors decided to disperse.

In the future, Hiddleston was credited with relationships with many screen partners, including Elizabeth Olsen, Jessica Chastain and Scarlett Johansson. But the only confirmed was an affair with American singer Taylor Swift.

The stars met at the Met Gala Costume Institute ball. In June 2016, their joint photos from a vacation in Rhode Island were made public, but the relationship did not last long and ended by the fall. After that, they said that it was a PR move, but Tom declared the sincerity of feelings for the performer. nine0005

The actor was alone for some time. He admitted that it is not easy for him to find a lover, since Hiddleston involuntarily compares all contenders for the heart with his mother. But in 2019, rumors appeared that the performer was happy in a relationship with Zavi Ashton. An anonymous source said that the artists live together, and the couple confirmed the rumors about the relationship only in 2021.

Tom Hiddleston and Zavi Ashton / @Marvel-Fans-Universe

In June 2022, it was revealed that Tom and Zavi were engaged. By the way, the girl showed a ring with a large diamond earlier at the BAFTA awards. In the same month, the media wrote about Zavi's pregnancy - at the premiere of her film "Mr. Malcolm's List", she appeared with a noticeably rounded belly. From the same media in October, the couple's fans learned about the birth of a child with Zavi and Tom. nine0005

Public activities

The artist calls himself a “feminist” because he was brought up by strong women and does not consider them the “weaker sex”. In 2014, he supported popular British actress Emma Watson's campaign to fight gender inequality. Hiddleston later joined the Time's Up initiative.

Tom Hiddleston dancing

In addition, the performer collaborates with many charitable organizations, including Small Steps Project, Starlight Children's Foundation, Cure EB. He is an ambassador for UNICEF and strives to draw attention to global issues. nine0005

Tom Hiddleston now

Now the star's collection of works continues to grow. The summer of 2021 was marked by the long-awaited release of the Loki mini-series, in which the artist returned to the image of the god of cunning. On the court, he was accompanied by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Row and Wunmi Mosaku. Shortly before the premiere, a short video was released with the participation of Tom, where he spoke about the adventures of the character in the Marvel films.

Later, the audience was able to appreciate the work of the actor in the series "Essex Serpent", based on the novel of the same name by Sarah Perry. In it, he embodied William Ransome. nine0005


  • 2008 - “Jane Ostin Love Failures”
  • 2011 - “TOR”
  • 2011 - “Midnight in Paris”
  • 2011 - “Battle Horse”
  • 2012 - “Avengers”
  • 2012 - “ Henry V
  • 2013 - Thor 2: The Dark World
  • 2013 - Only Lovers Left Alive
  • 2015 - Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • 2015 - Crimson Peak
  • - Night Admin
  • 2017 - Kong: Skull Island
  • 2017-“Thor: Ragnarok”
  • 2018-“Avengers: Infinity War”
  • 2020-2021-“Earth at night in color”
  • 2021-“Loki”

Interesting facts

  1. in 2014 with participation with participation with participation the artist released an advertisement for Jaguar. Two more famous Britons starred in Tom's company: Ben Kingsley and Mark Strong. It is noteworthy that they all became famous thanks to the roles of antagonists.
  2. In addition to the vocal gift, the actor also has a dance gift. Fans were in awe of how he waltzed in Crimson Peak. nine0104
  3. Hiddleston weighs about 80 kg and is 188 cm tall.
  4. Anna Karenina star Leo Tolstoy is one of his favorite books.
  5. The performer has a Cocker Spaniel dog named Bobby at home.

Hollywood actors who are excellent dancers

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Actors have one of the toughest jobs on the planet. It is very tiring, to be honest, and requires a lot of patience and precision. A job that is guaranteed to take up 100% of your time. But did you know that some of these personalities also have other amazing talents? Here are some of the most famous Hollywood stars who are also amazing dancers. nine0005

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman is one of those celebrities who can be called a "triple threat". From the ferocious role of Wolverine to the singing and dancing role of P.T. Barnum in the award-winning The Greatest Showman. The Oscar-nominated actor is known for his versatility in the film industry. Hugh Jackman has been in love with dancing since childhood.

However, the actor said that he almost gave up dancing because of criticism from his older brother, who then told 11-year-old Hugh that dancing is for sissies. However, when he turned 18, his brother changed his mind and encouraged Hugh to follow his heart. nine0005

Tom Holland

The 21-year-old actor first gained recognition after his 2012 appearance in The Impossible. However, his first major role was in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War (2016). No wonder Tom Holland turned out to be an amazing dancer.

In fact, one of the main reasons he was chosen to play the famous superhero in the Spider-Man franchise was his dancing skills. It probably didn't hurt him that he also studied gymnastics while performing in the musical Billy Elliot in 2006. nine0005

Christopher Walken

Walken became very popular after his roles in The Deer Hunter and Annie Hall. But first, he shocked audiences with his choreographic skills when he tap-danced in Penny From Heaven.

He is often shown dancing in front of the camera. What most people don't know, however, is that Walken actually started his career in the entertainment industry as a dancer. He played roles in musicals before gaining recognition in the film industry.

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones is an Oscar-winning actress. She rose to fame after her roles in Zorro and The Trap. By the age of 4, Katherine had already begun taking dance lessons, and by 15 she had dropped out of school to join a touring musical production.

At the age of 17, she played the female lead in the musical 42nd Street. The actress also studied at the Musical Theater in London before rising to fame in Hollywood.

Alfonso Ribeiro

Ribeiro is an actor best known for his role in the television sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, where he demonstrates his excellent dancing skills. He is without a doubt a great dancer, even participated in dance competitions and was the winner of 19th season of Dancing with the Stars.

Sam Rockwell

This actor has quite a few dance videos on the internet. Some call him the "dancing machine" due to the fact that he always manages to perform a variety of dance moves.

Penelope Cruz

Another actress who can dance. Penelope Cruz claims her history in dance has helped her in her film career, especially her role in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. She has appeared in acclaimed films such as Waking Up in Reno, Murder on the Orient Express, and receiving Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. nine0005

Undoubtedly an excellent dancer, Cruz focused on dancing early in her career. At the Spanish National Conservatory, she studied classical ballet for nine years and then took Spanish ballet lessons. She studied at Christina Rota's school for another four years.

Amy Adams

As an actress, Amy Adams once dreamed of becoming a dancer. She studied with the David Taylor dance company, with the ambition of becoming a ballerina. By the age of 18, the actress, who had won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress twice, decided that she wasn't gifted enough to become a professional ballerina and embarked on a new path in musical theater. nine0005

Her career as a dancer began in 1994, a few years before she gained recognition as a professional actress and also won two Golden Globes with six Oscar nominations.

Zoe Saldana

This is the 2nd highest grossing movie actress (as of 2019) and she loves to dance. Zoe has appeared in some of the biggest movies of all time, including Star Trek, Avatar, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Endgame. nine0005

Zoya Saldana claims that despite all the forms of dance she studied, ballet was her passion, but she had to give it up.

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