The year 2010 is one that Thomas George Hooper would not forget in a hurry. It evoked a virtuous cycle in his life and career with each stage catapulting him to a higher height as a director. He had been actively involved in the entertainment world since the young age of thirteen and had worked on quite a number of movies but his rave went wild after he directed The King’s Speech (2010).
Date of Birth: October 5, 1972
Zodiac Sign: Libra
The King’s Speech (2010) was a box office smash for a stunning three weeks! Queen Elizabeth II was said to have praised the movie saying she was moved by it. The movie according to Hooper was not just one of his best works but is his most personal film till date as it tells the story of his family. He was busy promoting this biographical movie from one country to the other and picking his Oscar Statuette while Les Miserables (2012) was brooding.
He had seen the musical and could not believe the spectacular Les Mis had not been adapted to a movie. Ecstatic as he was, he picked up the original novel and that was how work began on the Les Mis. In all, Tom is one of those Hollywood men with a golden touch; he delivers with such great finesse and detail that leaves his fans with dropped jaws. Enjoy this read as we take you through the lives of the other Hoopers.
Richard Hooper (father)
Richard lost his father when he was only two to the Second World War. Things became tough from then and by the time he was five, he moved to boarding school. There was a huge tendency that Richard’s lack of a father figure would end up affecting his own kids. He was on the path to becoming an enthusiastic but disengaged father to his kids but his wife interrupted this sad course by encouraging him to move past his fears and become more emotionally connected to his children. He is an English BBC presenter and is close to his family till date.
Meredith Jean Hooper (mother)
Year of Birth: 1939
Meredith is a prolific Award-winning Australian author, historian and academic. She is an Antarctic specialist and has made several trips to the continent. Her son describes her as an “a Lionel Logue figure to his dad”. Lionel Logue was the Australian speech therapist in the film “The King’s Speech (2010)” who helped the stammering king overcome his shortcomings. She is responsible for the cordial relationship between Richard and his three kids. She was able to challenge her husband to be connected to his kids despite his traumatic childhood experience because she grew up from a different background.
Rachel Byrne (elder sister from parents)
She is a radio presenter and lives with her two kids on the same street as her brother in Primrose Hill. Rachel currently presents Today in Parliament on Radio 4.
Ben Hooper (younger brother from same parents)
Ben is the youngest Hooper and is a barrister who works mainly on human rights. The Hooper family is basically a very close-knit family and they live literally in the same neighborhood.
Tara Subkoff (ex-fiancée)
Duration of Relationship: 2011 – 2012
Date of Birth: December 10, 1972
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Although Hooper has garnered a huge amount of recognition from being an exceptional director, he has not been very successful with love life. This might be because of the unstable nature of his job. Tom was practically married to his career and had no time to be with a woman. He however was in a year-long relationship with U.S. fashion designer and actress Tara Subkoff. They met at the 2011 Golden Globes and within a short while, love was brewing.
They were pretty serious and even got engaged until Hooper called it off. Sadly, the Oxford University graduate had no idea his ex lover was pregnant with their first child as she took a test to confirm her pregnancy suspicions the day after the break up. She got wedded to artist Urs Fischer in the fall of 2014 and in May 2016, had a daughter, Grace for Fischer.
For now Tom is not married and does not have kids.