Tom Hardy wins best actor award

 Tom Hardy (Photo:Getty Images)
Tom Hardy (Photo:Getty Images)

Los Angeles - Tom Hardy won Best Actor at the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) in London last night.

The 38-year-old actor walked away with the top prize at the annual event for his portrayal of the infamous twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray in the popular crime thriller film Legend.

The handsome star was up against the likes of Tom Courteney, Colin Farrell, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hiddleston but, with his jam-packed schedule, was unable to attend the ceremony in order to pick up his impressive gong.

His Revenant co-star Domhnall Gleeson accepted the trophy on Hardy's behalf while he was across town at the screening of his forthcoming film at Leicester Square.

Taking to the stage to pick up the prize, Gleeson told the audience in his acceptance speech: "Tom has decided to make a fool of me again - I have nothing to do with this film."

Meanwhile, the Irish actor was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for 'Brooklyn' but was beaten by his own father Brendan, who won for his performance in Suffragette.

And to make matters worse, Gleeson, 32, had to accept the award on his dad's behalf as well as he was also absent.

Other winners included Saoirse Ronan, who walked away with Best Actress for her role in Brooklyn, while Olivia Colman won Best Supporting Actress for The Lobster.

The full list of winners are as follows:

Best British Independent Film - Ex Machina

Best Director - Alex Garland (Ex Machina)

Best Actress - Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

Best Actor - Tom Hardy (Legend)

Best Supporting Actress - Olivia Colman (The Lobster)

Best Supporting Actor - Brendan Gleeson (Suffragette)

Best Screenplay - Alex Garland (Ex Machina)

Best Documentary - Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance

Best International Independent Film - Room

Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director) -Stephen Fingleton, (The Survivalist)

Producer of the Year: Paul Katis and Andrew De Lotbiniere, Kajaki: The True Story

Discovery Award - Orion: The Man Who Would Be King

Outstanding Achievement in Craft - Andrew Whitehurst for VFX, (Ex Machina)

Best Short Film - Edmond

Most Promising Newcomer - Abigail Hardingham (Nina Forever)