Monday, May 28, 2018

BBC Newsnight: Shakespeare (2012)

May 28, 2012: 

Mark Rylance, Tom Hiddleston, and historian Simon Schama appeared on BBC's Newsnight to discuss what Shakespeare teaches us about leadership: What is it? What does Shakespeare have to tell us about it? and do we care for it any longer? The episode was hosted by Jeremy Paxman. 

Along with being a walking Shakespeare encyclopedia, Tom Hiddleston was starring in The Hollow Crown - an adaption of Shakespeare's Henriad. A brief behind-the-scenes video with director Richard Eyre are shown at the beginning of the telecast. 

One of the biggest topics they discuss is whether public figures should be entitled to private lives. Tom: The interesting thing about Henry V is that it dramatizes that tussle between the responsibility of public office and the private almost torment of personal accountability very well. 

You can watch the edited video of just Tom's portion on Newsnight below. The full episode is available here

One last Shakespeare thought from Tom: Shakespeare had enormous empathy, compassion, and a wisdom about not just the man in the gutter, but every man and that's why he's so extraordinary. He's able to think himself and feel himself into the hearts and minds of an entire people.


Tom wore his custom Giorgio Armani navy 3-piece suit with an Emporio Armani jacquard geometric tie. (seen here at the Tribeca Film Festival) 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

500 Words Final (2016)

May 27, 2016: 

The 500 Words Final was held at the Globe Theatre in London. 500 Words is an annual short story writing competition for children between the ages of 5 and 13. The event was created by BBC 2's Chris Evans to get children excited about reading and writing. The Duchess of Cornwall serves as Patron and Honorary Judge for the competition. 

Nick Jonas, Tom Hiddleston, Jacob Anderson, Julie Walters, and Warwick Davis were among the celebrity presenters on hand for the event. 

Tom took to the stage to discuss his first play, The Wind in the Willows and "sang a little song about a motorcar". Tom also talks about this during one of the Emergency Lessons videos

Tom Hiddleston also read The Sands of Time written by 10-year old Clara Cowan. 

For her story, Clara Cowan won the silver prize in the 500 Words competition. The silver prize winner receives the Duchess of Cornwall's height (5'6) in books. 

Tom talking to Louisa Preston of the BBC about the positive impact of 500 Words competition, story telling, and education.

After the ceremony there was an informal reception. 


Tom Hiddleston wore his navy Alexander McQueen suit, first seen in October 2015. Along with Mykita Kaya glasses. 


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Comic Relief's Red Nose Day (2015)

March 6, 2015:

In the week leading up to Red Nose Day 2015 (March 13), Tom Hiddleston helped promote the designer t-shirts that were being sold to raise money for Comic Relief. Comic Relief was founded in 1985 as a fundraiser to fight famine in Ethiopia. Comic Relief has now raised more than £1 Billion for children in need all around the world.

The t-shirt designs were created by Karl Lagerfeld, Diane Van Furstenberg, Anya Hindmarch, Henry Holland, and Matthew Williamson.  The shirts were all sold by TK Maxx and raised more than £4 million for Comic Relief in 2015.
Tom modeled the Henry Holland design.

Other celebrities to take part included model David Gandy, tv presenter Dermot O'Leary, actor Nick Frost, singer Lily Allen, singer Nick Jonas, singer Nicole Scherzinger, and actress Bonnie Wright.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

RADA: Celebration of Arts Event (2012)

May 23, 2012: 

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts held a Celebration of Arts Event to coincide with Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee year. RADA graduates Tom Hiddleston and Michael Sheen were among the attendees. 

Other guests included Bono, Sir Paul McCartney, Kate O'Mara, Dame Shirley Bassey, Dame Joan Collins, David Walliams, and Julian Fellowes.

Looks like the Guest of Honour had a great time! 


Unfortunately, only one photographer was permitted to cover this event so pictures from inside are sparse. Tom repeated his Armani look previously worn to the Marvel Celebration at the New York Stock Exchange


Thursday, May 17, 2018

BAFTA TV Craft Awards (2009)

May 17, 2009: 

The BAFTA Television Craft Awards were held at the Hilton Hotel in London. Wallander, starring Kenneth Branagh and Tom Hiddleston, was the biggest show of the night winning four awards (Original Television Music, Photography and Lighting, Sound, and Director). Wallander also won Best Drama at the BAFTA TV Awards that year. 

Tom presented the award for Best Visual Effects to the creatives of Doctor Who. 

Post-presenting duties Mr. Heidlestone spoke with Russell Nelson. He talks about his desire to play a villain on Doctor Who, other upcoming projects, and being "infected" by Kenneth Branagh's passion. 


Tom was joined by Jodie Whittaker at the show. Jodie went on to become the first female Doctor in Doctor Who. 

At the time, they were filming the BBC TV special Return to Cranford. Cranford would be multi-nominee the following year. 


I still haven't received a 100% ID on this suit but Tom wore it to pretty much every event pre-2011. It is most likely from Burberry.