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.