Tom HardyIf you were one of the several million people who spent your hard-earned cash watching 'Inception' this summer, chances are you may have noticed a certain dapper British gentleman spouting such iconic lines as, "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling," and pretty much stealing the show from many of his more established co-stars.

That gentleman, fair reader, is Tom Hardy, and if you weren't familiar with him before this summer, you'd better get comfortable with that unforgettable face, because you're going to be seeing a whole lot more of it in the coming year. And while 'Inception' is likely the first memorable taste of Hardy for U.S. moviegoers, the versatile actor has steadily been working his way up the ranks in his native Britain for the past 10 years, and is widely considered to be one of the U.K.'s fastest rising stars.

Join us after the jump as we consider five reasons why Tom Hardy is Hollywood's Next Big Thing. (It's not just because he's ridiculously attractive, we promise!)
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