Tom Hardy has spoken out about a drink and drug addiction which almost killed him.

The actor became an addict after his film Star Trek: Nemesis flopped in 2002 and his habit cost him his marriage.

“I went entirely off the rails and I’m lucky I didn’t have some terrible accident or end up in prison or dead – because that’s where I was going,” he told the Guardian.

“Now I know my beast and I know how to manage it. It’s like living with a 400lb orang-utan that wants to kill me. It’s much more powerful than me, doesn’t speak the same language and it runs around in the darkness of my soul.

“I would sell my mother for a rock of crack.”

The rising star from East Sheen, who’s now back on track, is currently starring as criminal Freddie Jackson in Sky1’s The Take, which continues on Wednesday. Watch a trailer below…