Black Sails

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Sea­son 2 His­tory Chan­nel (*186) 20:30

Tom Harper is swash­buck­ling on screens as Billy Bones in pi­rate drama Black Sails (2014-cur­rent), which is filmed in Cape Town. And the 31-year-old Brit loves his work: “The rig dropped me full speed into the wa­ter [we shoot in a tank, not the ocean]. It was the most fun I’ve ever had. It’s like a theme park ride, but the most ex­treme park ride in the world!”

He’s also wag­ing war as Ger­man 1

war­lord Ar­minius in His­tory Chan­nel drama Bar­bar­ians Ris­ing (2016-cur­rent). The eight-episode se­ries looks at rebel mil­i­tary lead­ers who went to war against the Ro­man Em­pire.

A lot of hard work goes into get2

ting into tip-top shape and Tom ad­mits that his train­ing plan “is bloody bru­tal. I sweat just think­ing about it”.

That says a lot about his work­out 3

rou­tines, since the 1.96m-tall star knows all about be­ing fit. He was go­ing to be a top rugby player un­til an in­jury cut his ca­reer short in high school, plus he loves play­ing bas­ket­ball and soc­cer with his friends. It’s no won­der then that Tom be­came one of last year’s most-talked-about cover mod­els for Men’s Health, in March 2015.

He’s been mar­ried to lit­tle-known 4

Bri­tish ac­tress Laura since 2014 and they have one-year-old son Fred­die. Tom also used his Black Sails gig to get her a role – Laura played a pros­ti­tute named Es­ther for one episode in 2015.

It wasn’t all plain sail­ing in 2015 5

though – in June, Tom’s twit­ter ac­count @tomhop­per­hops was hacked and he got dig­i­tal abuse from clue­less mem­bers of the pub­lic who mis­took him for Tom Hop­per, the Le­ices­ter City soc­cer player who was in­volved in a pre­sea­son orgy scan­dal in Thai­land.

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