Sir Ian McKellen shares throwback picture on Tom Hardy's birthday

Julia Hunt
Ian McKellen poses on the red carpet at the 12th edition of the Rome Film Fest, in Rome. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Sir Ian McKellen shared a throwback picture of himself and Tom Hardy as he wished the actor a happy birthday.

Hardy celebrated his 42nd birthday this week.

The image posted on McKellen’s Twitter page shows the actors at an event together in 2003.

“Happy Birthday, Tom!” McKellen wrote.

McKellen and Hardy are both part of the Marvel universe, with McKellen, 80, starring as Magneto in the X-Men movies and Hardy playing the character Venom.

And McKellen has long been a fan of Hardy’s work.

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He shared the same photograph of the pair back in 2015, after Hardy starred as both identical twins Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Kray and Reginald ‘Reggie’ Kray in the film Legend.

“Tom Hardy’s double-act as the Kray twins in ‘Legend’ is impeccable,” he wrote at the time.

The pair have also worked on the same charity projects in the past, such as a campaign for homeless charity Crisis.

Tom Hardy at the Sentebale Audi Concert held at Hampton Court Palace in Richmond upon Thames on June 11, 2019. (London, England, UK)

Hardy has not shared any details of his birthday celebrations but it was reported that he was spotted enjoying a meal in a country pub with his family this week.

According to KentOnline, Hardy and his family dined with friends at The White Lion pub in Tenterden.

Duty manager Hannah Page was quoted as saying: "I think he might have been out for some early birthday celebrations because it's his birthday today. He's been seen around Tenterden today as well."

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The actor married Wuthering Heights actress Charlotte Riley in 2014 after dating for around five years.

The couple have two children, one born in 2015 and one born in 2018, but are known to be private about their family life.

Hardy also has a son from a previous relationship.