Tom Hiddleston’s nickname at Eton was ‘Piddle’, as in ‘Hiddle Piddle’

74th Golden Globe Awards

A year ago, Tom Hollander was on the Jonathan Ross Show to promote The Night Manager, and he told a story about filming in Mallorca, Spain. The cast had a rare day off, so they went to the beach and long story short, Hollander got stung by a jellyfish. Hollander claimed that Tom Hiddleston saw that he was in trouble, and immediately came to his rescue by peeing all over the jellyfish sting. Which, as it turns out, doesn’t actually help a jellyfish sting and might make it worse. Anyway, Tom Hiddleston appears on a pretaped episode of The Graham Norton Show tonight (if you’re in the UK) and Norton asked him about the jellyfish story. Hiddles confirmed that it happened:

That’s one way to get closer with your co-star! Tom Hiddleston appeared on Thursday’s Graham Norton Show, where he opened up about the time he… um.. peed on his Night Manager co-star over a jellyfish sting.

“Tom got stung by a jellyfish and he shouted across the beach, ‘I say old sport could you come and pee on me?’ And I engagingly obliged,” the 36-year-old actor shared, confirming the story.

However, Hiddleston later learned that his noble — gross — effort may have all been for naught.

“I’ve since read up on it and I don’t think it works,” he explained. “It’s an old wives’ tale.”

[From ET]

How English is it to say “I say old sport could you come and pee on me?” Imagine David Niven saying it. Imagine Laurence Olivier saying it. It’s almost Shakespearean. Anyway, Hollander claimed that Tom peed on him without being asked, and now Hiddleston says that he was specifically asked. Who is lying??

Meanwhile, there’s other stuff from the Graham Norton interview. Like… Tom Hiddleston’s Eton nickname was Piddle. Makes sense.

Hiddleston also opened up about his time at Eton, and explained that he was given a bizarre nickname.

“Very soon after I arrived I got the nickname ‘Piddle’ and the boys made up the rhyme, ‘Hiddle Piddle did a widdle in the middle of the night’,” he said. “My closest friends still call me ‘Pid’ but it’s affectionate now.”

Hiddleston was at Eton with actor Eddie Redmayne but, as he admitted to Norton, the pair were not quite in the same league when it came to landing the major parts. Speaking about the time he and Redmayne were cast in a school production of A Passage to India, Hiddleston said: “I was in A Passage to India with Eddie Redmayne, who played the female lead. I on the other hand, played the front leg of the elephant he rode.”

[From The Telegraph]

His Eton friends call him “Pid”? This is not something to admit on television! I mean, we all have awkward or weird nicknames, but being called Piddle doesn’t sound affectionate at all. Now all I can think about is how I should have been writing Piddlebanging this whole time. PIDDLES. TOMMY PIDDLES. Someone named Tommy Piddles will never be James Bond, I’m just saying.

Oh, God. Graham has a really full couch this week. Ricky Gervais & Tom Hiddleston on the same couch? I wonder if Gervais told him to his face to stop being a wanker.

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  1. Daisy says:

    The Eddie Redmayne story is funny.

  2. Ankhel says:

    Ouch. He needs better PR, only it’s been that way for years. Too late.

  3. Evie says:

    This just makes me giggle. Good way to start off a Friday…

  4. mimi says:

    How often is Dan Radcliffe on Graham Norton!! Not that I mind, I love the guy

    • jetlagged says:

      Radcliffe is terrific. I think the only thing that keeps me from falling for him hard is his stature. The guy must be a full foot shorter than I am. Same thing with James McAvoy – I absolutely adore him, but I just can’t put him in the “would bang” column. It’s horribly superficial I know, but since it’s all theoretical, I’m drawing the line at my height or taller. Sadly, that probably excludes 99.5% of actors in Hollywood these days.

  5. Merry says:

    Funny thing is on a different more macho guy, this would be a very endearing story. Daniel Craig can tell these two stories. But Tom, he is just so……..this already. So not cool. His team desparately needs to set up a Good Samaritan incident. You know, like how Tom Cruise is constantly rescuing strangers from car wrecks. That kind of incident.

  6. lightpurple says:

    With Ruth Wilson. The reunion of Suburban Shootout’s Bill Hazeldine and Jewel Diamond!

  7. bluerunning says:

    Ball gag right? I haven’t seen the interview, so maybe it’s not as bad as it seems? I just can’t imagine admitting that my nickname in schools was “piddles” on television.

    • Crox says:

      Didn’t that GQ article state Hiddleston is not a cool guy by any means? Well, this is one of examples, I guess. Unlike you I’m giving him props for telling an embarrassing story. He can laugh at it, which is good, and he shouldn’t be embarrassed because that was out of his control.

      • lightpurple says:

        He himself stated he wasn’t a cool guy in an interview he did a few years ago.

      • justme says:

        Once he was talking about his character Oakley from Unrelated. He said Oakley at 19 is a real alpha male – supremely self-confident. He then said he most certainly was not like that when he was 19. I believe it. What did Taffy call him- “a sweet-natured bookworm.”

      • Crox says:

        Then people really shouldn’t be complaining about this. He knows he’s not cool and he embraces it. Which, ironically, is cool in its own way, heh.

        But maybe this “uncoolness” is great in my book because I don’t come from society where cool kids – like they are understood here, it seems – would be a thing. We didn’t have the prom queen and the jock and the popular kids and the dissed gang at school. That always seemed so “American” to us (because it only happened in films) and nobody cared. On the other hand, what is described here as uncool in Hiddleston’s case is what we all went through as normal kids.

      • bluerunning says:

        I was thinking more along the lines of… in an age of sound bites and headlines, where the media is always glad to take a pot-shot… giving them ammunition might not be the best thing to do?

      • Crox says:

        But everything he says is ammunition for gossipers. He can’t even tweet a thank you to the people who wished him happy birthday without some people making fun of it or dissecting it for clues.

        At least with a story like this nobody will accuse him of it being fake … Or will they?

      • theHord says:

        @bluerunning but in that case, you’ll never said anything. Particularly in Hidddleston’s case.

      • justme says:

        @theHord – exactly – Tom once said he was easily mocked. He knows it and seems used to it. Obviously its been going on since he was a boy. When the Sun and the DM were trying last summer to dig up some dirt on him all they were able to get is that he wasn’t a cool kid and he was very very studious.

      • WTF says:

        @crox let’s talk more about this “American” obsession with the school archetypes you mention. I’m Australian and I was just “normal” at school. Considered fairly popular and date-able but definitely NOT a jock. I was acknowledged for my academic achievements, but was very ‘sporty’ too lol. The segregation of ‘tribes’ is a particularly American thing isn’t it. Redundant too considering the richest man in the world is a gigantic NERD! (Bill Gates) haha.

      • Crox says:

        In my school (South/Central Europe in the 80s and early 90s) the smartest kids often were the best at sports too. It was kind of like a package. I was bad at sports myself but was very nerdy and geeky (fashion sense 3 years behind everyone else too and no cool modern gadgets) and had close to no problems with peers and dating. Of course kids fought and some were more leader types but it was never so mean and exclusive as portrayed in American films. And while we had our groups of friends, everyone still hung out with everyone and if at some point for some reason somebody was mocked and deemed “uncool” (but our standards were nothing like seen here), that was forgotten 3 days later.

        I wonder if this had changed with westernising.

      • DahliaDee says:

        I come from a former communist Eastern European country, and going through secondary school was a nightmare. It had nothing to do with sports though, just wealth and looks. The richest and prettiest kids at school mercilessly bullied all the rest. Everything from name-calling to public humiliation and even sexual harassment. Highschool had none of that, mostly because I picked mine by avoiding the one all those arseholes were enrolling in like the plague, and by college, most of those I met again were too busy begging the people they would’ve bullied back then to let them copy off them at exams so they wouldn’t have to repeat the year. Reality had set in, but not much.

    • Sixer says:

      Always ball gag. It’s a service to humanity AND an intervention. Win win.

      • Cranberry says:

        A service to humanity? Too harsh even for you Sixer. Ball gagging all the insane dribble coming out of Lord Agent Orange would be a service to humanity! Seriously. With Tom, as usual, it’s pretty harmless and mostly damaging to himself, hence the intervention. Although I imagine him enjoying my style of um, intervention.

  8. Sixer says:

    Ho ho ho. Kaiser said wanker. We shall make a Britisher of you yet, m’dear.

    Hey diddle diddle
    The cat did a piddle
    Behind the kitchen door
    The little dog laughed,to see such fun
    So the cat did a little bit more

    If I denied ever singing naughty versions of nursery rhymes to the Sixlets to make them laugh, would you believe me?

    • lightpurple says:

      I would not believe you. And I believe the Sixlets told you new versions back.

      • Sixer says:

        Fair cop, guvnor!

        We anti-Bowdlerised all the nursery rhymes. It would be true to say that Minor’s love of potty humour was probably instilled by me. There was an old school children’s TV show that we had on DVD, where they always enumerated the firemen: “Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub.” Sixlet Minor was happily chanting “Puke, Puke, Barney McSpew, Cuthbert dribbled on Grub” by about age four. Oops.

      • lightpurple says:

        We had alternative versions for all the patriotic songs we learned in school. I think my cousin got them out of an old copy of MAD magazine at some point and then we added our own verses.

      • Bonzo says:

        Sixer, I remain in my conviction that minor and I are soulmates. Does he have aspirations of elder care when he grows up? I would pay him handsomely. In chocolates and dirty jokes.

        All I can say about the Hiddle Piddle nickname is that it conjures up images of golden showers. Yuk.

      • Sixer says:

        Darling, you can have him NOW and get him in training if you like. It’s half term here and I had a load of work on in the first half of the week so only allowed friends in yesterday and today. I AM HOSTING THE ENTIRE BLOODY VILLAGE. I swear, if I opened the fridge door, half a dozen adolescents would tumble out.

        They multiply by some fiendish means every time I blink. Plus, they keep eating.

        Elder care? I think we should rebrand it Bonzo care and it should start TODAY.

      • Bonzo says:

        Sweetheart, let’s not jump the gun here. I may not be a spring chicken as I’m just a few years older than you are, but right now I mainly need someone to help me with housework. Do you know how hard it is to get a 9YO autistic boy to empty all the garbage cans and take the trash out? Let alone clean the bathrooms?

        Just tell Minor that he’s got a job when he gets out of school if he wants it.

        I have the opposite challenge than you in that it’s a holiday weekend and we’re taking the kids to the Mile High City for them to play at water parks and museums. I hope we can handle concentrated time with our high-energy children! I don’t expect to sleep much sharing a hotel room with them.

      • Sixer says:

        But I want to jump the gun!

        They are now watching some Marvel thing (loudly) having finished the Sleeping Bag Olympics (sledding down the stairs in a sleeping bag). They made me do it and I hurt my bum and didn’t win. So am sulking.

        You’re going to need ear muffs!

      • Bonzo says:

        Sounds like you’ll need them more than I. I’ll have my trusty Mack’s earplugs to get me through the night of their tossing and turning

        I’m smiling at the idea of you sliding down the stairs on a sleeping bag!

      • Sixer says:

        I think it looked like hurtling but felt like bumping.

        They are past masters and can do simultaneous tricks. I hate them.

      • Lightpurple says:

        I LOVE sliding down stairs in a sleeping bag! And I’m really good at it. I’ll be right over with sleeping bag and lemon drizzle. I need to escape from elder care at the moment as my charge has decided that her boots are meant to be left in the path of wherever I might be walking but are never to be worn to go outside in the ice, slush, and snow. I can’t believe I argue every morning with an octogenarian about the need to wear boots.

      • Sixer says:

        The problems of Sixer and Lightpurple: Life Comes Full Circle.

      • antipodean says:

        Dear Sixer, anything to do with Trumpton is a WIN in our house. Who knew that an orange cretin would gazump that sweet town’s name? MY daughter loved that programme, and Magic Roundabout, and of course, Tots TV, Tilly, Tom, and Tiny, foreva!

  9. serena says:

    Omg Daniel Radcliffe is there too? Must watch it.

  10. theHord says:

    I don’t get why should Gervais tell Hiddleston he’s a despicable person? For telling a silly story from his childhood? And why does it seem like we’re right back at that playground?

  11. third ginger says:

    There is literally nothing this young man can say that will not be dissected and analyzed. It’s a self-deprecating story. Has everyone lost their sense of humor?

  12. Chef Grace says:

    Some stories should be saved for drinks with the mates.
    I will not say it again. ;)

  13. TeamPoochie says:

    Is this really where we are at now? The guy cannot even tell an innocuous story from his school days without derision and screams for his publicist’s head?
    I love to hate him and hate to love him as much as anyone, but Jesus- talk about beating a dead horse.

  14. QQ says:

    Fam.. seriously WHOSE MAN’S IS THIS and when is PR gonna come collect him and this cutesy sad sack Pressed for love Persona.. Is so Aggressively corny and Embarrassing that I’m here calculating if this is a 14 year old shy nerd with Progeria disease or just a Ted Bundy Type masquerading… No One can be this truly Much at that age

    • Sixer says:

      Hallmark. Archive. I do keep saying! You just have to kick back and enjoy, QQ.

      • DahliaDee says:

        @Sixer: Hallmark of a very sheltered life. That’s it. If he were a Hallyu star, his public persona would make perfect sense.

      • nem says:

        @dahliadee you can’t be not embarassed for him to inflict that on himself.
        Hallyu star are korean ?
        they fascinate me
        are they that sheltered?i heard they were send to pop star school with drastic life conditions is it real,please i beg for knowledge about it

      • DahliaDee says:

        I’m not. I’m embarrassed for him for other reasons, none of which I am certain about, just a gut feeling, but not this.
        Hallyu stars are indeed Korean. I didn’t mean they are sheltered though, they don’t necessarily have easy lives. I meant it more in the sense that most of them have cutesy and corny public personas, which sometimes clash violently with the reality of the actual people behind them. Not that I think this is the case with Hiddles, mind, again, I meant it strictly in the sense of his public image. I don’t know him personally, but I doubt he’s a monster. Just a rather sheltered young man who may or may not have been a bit of a mama’s boy, and who still has a bit of growing up to do in certain aspects.

  15. graymatters says:

    He’s a damn fine actor and looks good in a suit, but he shouldn’t give interviews. Or pose in his undies. He does seem to be one of the few actors I’d like as a friend, though.

  16. spidey says:

    There can’t be a Brit anywhere who wouldn’t thave been able to guess what his nickname would have been at school. at least he can laugh at himself. Or would we prefer cool guys like Depp or Mel Gibson?

    Did Gervais actually call him a w**** or is it being asked if he did to stir the pot?

  17. Cranberry says:

    In general, Tom is a delightful conundrum. He has a genuine naivete about how fame works. Yes he does crave fame and approval, but he also wants to earn it and be engaged with the objectify-er (the audience, the fan). He is earnest and works very hard and is very goal orientated. But for all that, he also misjudges or misinterprets how his rising fame and public appeal is really playing out in mass consumer entertainment media. He’s a good guy that needs some top notch, hard hitting Pr advice. But I also think he’s gotten as far as he has mostly because of his diligence, drive, talent, personality and networking abilities, etc.
    Yes privilege helped him in life to get into the biz, but he’s done all the work to get him to where he is now and that includes the f*cked up PR stuff. But he follows through, and troops on despite his mistakes and mishaps.

    I agree that he’d still have a great career without all the fame courting, high profile pr, but Show Biz/Film indust. is a “B” that will cut your throat as much as suck your d*ck, or both. So who’s to say his choice to go for the big tamale that seemed within his reach wasn’t a sound professional decision. It’s not like every actor gets these opportunities or has the temperment to handle the public pressure.

  18. virginfangirl2 says:

    As a teacher who sees some popular cool kids behave so badly I LOVE Tom making uncool cool. No PR help needed in this case. No bad behavior exhibited. I always loved the nerdy ones, and what a handsome nerd he is.

  19. lightpurple says:

    Just watched Norton. That bit about the nickname didn’t make it into the version of the show I just watched. The Eddie Redmayne story did. Gervais didn’t call anybody a wanker and most of his teasing was directed at Tiny Tempeh. Most everyone’s teasing was directed at Tiny Tempeh.

    Bonzo: safe to watch unless mention of spiders and snakes and sharks bother you . Suited & booted beautifully (that even gets commented on) and nothing EXTRA at all (Very little for Sixer here so he must be flogged and made to go on British baking show to do a choux pastry challenge). No talk of piddle but several references to toilets, scrotums, rectums, and two condom stories – and most of that occurs after Daniel Radcliffe comes on towards the end of the show.

  20. virginfangirl2 says:

    Tom Hiddleston narrates a trailer for Planet Earth II

  21. Mridha says:

    Eh, don’t care.still much better than others

  22. wahine says:

    We should enjoy gossiping and chuckling over him while we can. No doubt it won’t be long before he goes the Cumberbatch route and marries a snooty, uninteresting, pretentious, rich girl and starts making babies and becomes boring as hell.

  23. Guesto says:

    It was a really funny couch. And yes, Tom was fine on it but he was never going to shine or stand out in the company of people who have a natural and careless irreverence. Ricky, Tinie and Daniel, between them, stole the show. And Tinie’s mother in the audience!

    And Ruth Wilson was the added, beautiful gem.