Tom Hardy appears to break lockdown rules with secret day at the gym

ACTOR Tom Hardy appears to have broken lockdown rules after he was seen leaving a gym.

Our exclusive pictures show the hardman, tipped to be the next James Bond, emerging from a closed martial arts school in workout gear.

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Carrying a Jiu-Jitsu bag, the 43-year-old walked down a rear staircase and got into his car, where he sprayed a substance on his right shoulder.

All gyms were forced to shut when a national lockdown was announced on January 4.

A sign on the door of Elevate Martial Arts in Richmond, South West London, reads: “Closed, but still awesome.”

An onlooker said he appeared to have been training there on Friday afternoon.

They said: “He came out at the top level but round the back, where there is a metal staircase overlooking the car park.

“He was in full workout gear and a cap and was looking at his phone. He definitely looked like he had been training there.

"When he went back to his car, he unloaded his stuff and sprayed himself on his shoulder with what looked like a can of Deep Heat.

“You see him quite a lot around here, and it is well-known that he is a regular at the gym.

“I wondered whether he might have his own key, as the gym appears to be closed and locked up at the front.

“There are also a couple of gates leading to the staircase at the back, which is the way he came down.”

Married dad-of-three Hardy lives close by and was pictured at the gym with a personal trainer ahead of his role as Venom in the 2018 superhero film.

The London-born actor also played a mixed martial arts fighter in 2011 movie Warrior.

The star has publicly backed the NHS and the national lockdown effort.

A decision on reopening gyms is not expected until mid-February at the earliest.

Speaking through the intercom at his gated £3.4million home yesterday, Hardy said of the gym: “It’s being refurbished, so they are designing a mural in there.”

Asked if he was involved, he added: “With an artist, yeah.”

He then hung up when questioned about his bag and whether he had been training there.

A spokeswoman for Hardy later said the visit was “one hundred per cent work related”.

She added: “Tom has been filming instructionals within a Covid-safe environment at Elevate.”

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