Top Facts About Critical Role’s Chris Hardwick (Scandal, Wife, Comedy)

An American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and host, Christopher Ryan Hardwick has touched almost every aspect of the field of entertainment. Well, is his performance and career the only reason that brought you here? Or are there other aspects of his life that you want to sneak peek at? In this article, Rad Virals is going to take you on a closer tour of his life. So, are you excited?


Chris Hardwick: Early Life

So, how many of you wanted to know about his early life?

Born on November 23, 1971, Christopher Ryan Hardwick’s birthplace is Louisville, Kentucky. Billy Hardwick, his father, is a ten-pin bowler, and his mother, Sharon Hills, is a real estate agent. He grew up with the Roman Catholic faith of his mother. His friendship with comedian Joan Rivers began when he was just four. He spent his early life in Memphis, Tennessee, and over there only, he became the Memphis City Junior High Chess Champion for 1983.

He has studied from St. Benedict and Regis Jesuit High School, Aurora, Colorado. Later on, he moved to Loyola High School for his senior year. He pursued his further education in philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles. He even shared his accommodation with the actor and writer Will Wheaton.

Chris Hardwick: Personal Life

Chris Hardwick is married to actress Lydia Hearst. They took their vows on September 12, 2015. However, he was formerly engaged to Jacinda Barrett, the model, and actress. He has also dated actresses Janet Varney, Andrea Savage, and Chloe Dykstra.

Chris Hardwick: Professional Life

Whether it is a comedian or hosting or podcast or other career roles, Chris Hardwick has performed every part with uncompromising zeal. He has played Gern Blanston in Critical Role, performed additional voices in Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated. He has produced the podcast The Nerdist, also performs as a stand-up comic, and the list does not seem to end.

Chris Hardwick

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Chris Hardwick: Nerdist Industries

Chris Hardwick In June 2011, he and GeekChicDaily got into an equity partnership to come up with the Nerdist Industries. In 2012, GeekChicDaily completely amalgamated with Nerdist Industries. It led to the formation of Nerdist News, where Hardwick worked as the Chief Creative Officer. Later, Legendary Entertainment acquired Nerdist Industries on July 10th, 2012. After this, he served as Co-President for Legendary’s Digital Business till the year 2017.

Chris Hardwick’s Book, “The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level”, was released in 2012 to mixed reviews. Check it out if you are a fan. If you already have, drop us a comment with your opinion.

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Chris Hardwick: Awards and Recognition

Owing to his persistence and diligence in his work, Chris won Spike Guys’ Choice Award for Smartacus in 2014. Not just this, he even won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media- Social TV Experience in the years 2015 and 2016.

Chris Hardwick and Chloe Dykstra

All of us are aware of the #metoo movement that brought many buried cases of sexual harassment. This moment did not leave Hardwick unaffected either. Chloe Dykstra, his ex-girlfriend, came forward with her experience of emotional and sexual abuse. She did not name him but told that to be her ex-boyfriend. She used Medium as a platform and published an essay on it.

Even though the essay did not point towards Hardwick directly, but several key details mentioned in it made it obvious that it was Chris Hardwick. Due to this, Nerdist Industries took off all of its mentions from its website. AMC came with an announcement of pulling back the coming episodes of the show Talking with Chris Hardwick.

Not just this, but Hardwick also went afar from moderating BBC America and AMC panels. After the investigation was concluded by AMC, he was allowed to be back at his position. However, Dykstra did not become a part of the investigation. After his return to Talking Dead on AMC, many female workers left the show.

Of particular note is the fact that three of Chris Hardwick’s Ex-Girlfriend’s independently came forward to defend him after the sexual abuse allegations. Reported here by the great team at, in 2018.

Chris Hardwick

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Chris Hardwick and Alcohol

Chris has never been hesitant to present his experience of being a recovering alcoholic. In fact, he has been in a non-alcohol mode since October 8th, 2003. One of his former co-workers even said that Chris replaced alcohol with workaholic attitude.

Catch Chris Hardwick with Tom Cruise here:


  • Chris Hardwick gave a small appearance in the movie Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
  • As a guest, Chris has appeared on different shows, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Boy Meets World and Zoey 101, and Married…with Children.
  • During the mid-1990s, Chris worked as a DJ on KROQ-FM- Los Angeles radio station.
  • Chris was a part of Halloween 2 and House of 1000 corpses, horror films by Rob Zombie.
  • Chris works with Wired magazine as a contributing writer. He also writes for Back at the Barnyard and Web Soup.
  • In late 2011, Chris even came with a self-help book titled The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level. It was published with Penguin Publishing.
  • In the year 2017, Chris gave voice to Klaxxon, for a special podcast episode for Futurama that aired on the Nerdist podcast.

That was all about Chris Hardwick! We hope you find this article interesting.

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