Hiddleston was born in Westminster, London, the son of Diana Patricia (née Servaes), a former stage manager and arts administrator, and James Norman Hiddleston, a scientist in physical chemistry who was the managing director of a pharmaceutical company. His father is from Greenock, Scotland and his mother from Suffolk, England. He has a sister Emma, who is also an actor. His maternal great-great-grandfather was importer Sir Edmund Vestey, 1st Baronet. He was educated at two independent schools: The Dragon School in Oxford and Eton College in Eton (near Windsor) in Berkshire, where he boarded in Durnford House. He read Classics at Pembroke College, Cambridge University, gaining a double first. He then attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which he graduated in 2005.