Tom Hardy has had many brushes with royalty, but the honor bestowed upon him by Prince Charles on Friday will be one to remember. The Venom star received the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or CBE, for his contributions to the dramatic arts.
The award comes a few months after Hardy made an appearance at the wedding of his friend Prince Harry to actress Meghan Markle. Hardy, Harry and Prince William also shared a scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, although the royal stormtroopers' cameos were ultimately left on the cutting-room floor. There appears to be no lingering disappointment about that deleted scene among members of the royal family, as Prince Charles is known to be a huge fan of film and enjoys being the one to bestow honors for the arts when the opportunity arises.
Photos posted Friday to the official Royal Family Twitter account show the London-born actor grinning as he received the award during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Hardy has been on a professional upswing over the past several years, scoring an Oscar nomination in 2015 for his role in The Revenant alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, and enjoying enormous box office success with high-profile projects like Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dark Knight Rises.
As for what's next, Hardy's future looks as bright -- and as busy -- as his present: The actor has reportedly signed on for a follow-up to Mad Max, and he plans to reprise his role as Eddie Brock in two Venom sequels.
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