Tom Holland (actor)

Last updated on 23 July 2017

Thomas Stanley Holland (born 1 June 1996)[2] is an English actor and dancer. In 2017 Holland earned a global following for his breakthrough role of Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When younger he performed the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical in London's West End, starred in the 2012 film The Impossible, and in the 2015 film In the Heart of the Sea. Holland received the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2017.

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Tom Holland by Gage Skidmore.jpg

Early life and education

Holland was born in Kingston upon Thames, London,[3] to Nicola Elizabeth (née Frost), a photographer, and Dominic Holland, a comedian and author.[4][5] He has three brothers, twins Sam and Harry, three years younger, and Patrick, eight years younger.[4][6] His paternal grandparents were born on the Isle of Man and Tipperary, Ireland.[7][8]

Holland was educated at Donhead, a Roman Catholic preparatory school in Wimbledon in South West London,[9] followed by Wimbledon College, a voluntary aided Jesuit Roman Catholic comprehensive school (also in Wimbledon), up until December 2012. Holland has said he was bullied in school for being a dancer.[10] After Wimbledon College he attended The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.[5]

Career

Theatre

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Holland (center) performing at the fifth anniversary of Billy Elliot the Musical, 31 March 2010

Holland began dancing at a hip hop class at Nifty Feet Dance School in Wimbledon. His potential was spotted by choreographer Lynne Page (who was an associate to Peter Darling, choreographer of Billy Elliot and Billy Elliot the Musical) when he performed with his dance school as part of the 2006 Richmond Dance Festival.[11]

After eight auditions and subsequent two years of training, on 28 June 2008, Holland made his West End debut in Billy Elliot the Musical as Michael, Billy's best friend.[12] He gave his first performance in the title role on 8 September 2008, receiving positive notices.[6][13]

In September 2008, Holland (together with co-star Tanner Pflueger) appeared on the news programme on channel FIVE and gave his first TV interview. The following year, he was featured on ITV1 show The Feel Good Factor.[14] At the launch show on 31 January he and two other Billy Elliots, Tanner Pflueger and Layton Williams, performed a version of Angry Dance from Billy Elliot the Musical, after which Holland was interviewed by host Myleene Klass. He trained five British schoolboys for a dance routine he fronted for the final The Feel Good Factor show on 28 March 2009.[15]

On 8 March 2010, to mark the fifth anniversary of Billy Elliot the Musical, four current Billy Elliots, including Holland, were invited to 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister Gordon Brown.[16][17] Holland was chosen to be a lead at the fifth-anniversary show on 31 March 2010.[18] Holland had been appearing on a regular basis as Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical, rotating with three other performers,[19] until 29 May 2010, when he finished his running.

Television

In 2015 Holland appeared in all six episodes of BBC Two's TV series Wolf Hall, as Gregory Cromwell, son of the protagonist Thomas Cromwell played by Mark Rylance.[20]

Cinema

In 2011, Holland was cast in the British version of the animated film Arrietty, produced by Japan’s Studio Ghibli. He provided a voice for the principal character Sho.[21]

Holland made his feature film debut in The Impossible, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, alongside Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 9 September 2012 and was a critical and commercial success, earning $180.3 million worldwide and Holland won universal praise from critics and several awards such as the National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance and London Film Critics Circle Award for Young British Performer of the Year.[22][23]

Holland starred as Isaac in the drama film How I Live Now, which was released in the U.K. on 4 October 2013, co-starring Saoirse Ronan and co-starred as Thomas Nickerson in the film In the Heart of the Sea (2015), directed by Ron Howard.[24]

In 2017, Holland co-starred alongside Charlie Hunnam in the drama film The Lost City of Z, directed by James Gray, and released in April, to positive critical reception.[25]

Spider-Man

On 23 June 2015, it was announced that Holland was cast as a teenage Peter Parker / Spider-Man[26], "and my life was flipped upside down" he later tweeted.[27] As part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe he first appeared as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War (2016).[28] The film was a massive critical and commercial success, grossing over $1.1 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2016,[29] with Holland receiving critical praise.[30][31]

In July 2017, Spider-Man: Homecoming was released, in which Holland reprised his role from Captain America: Civil War. Earning $117,027,503 in box office receipts in its first weekend,[32] Homecoming received positive reviews and Holland considerable praise, with his appearance being called "a star performance given by a born actor."[33] Holland is scheduled to repeat his role of Spider-Man in Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel, each scheduled to be released on 4 May 2018, and 3 May 2019, respectively, as well as the sequel to Homecoming, which has a release date of 5 July 2019.[34][35][36] He has a six-picture deal with Marvel Studios.[37]

Upcoming work and career plans

Holland was cast to play Samuel Insull in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's The Current War, which will be released on 22 December 2017.[38] Holland was cast in the film adaptation of Patrick Ness's bestselling YA series Chaos Walking as Todd Hewitt, alongside Daisy Ridley, which will be directed by Doug Liman.[39] In May 2017, it was announced that he had been cast as a young Nathan Drake in the film adaptation of Naughty Dog's Uncharted video game series.[40]

Holland says that his long-term career plans are to "do some more franchises," play "some meatier indie roles and eventually . . . transition to the other side of the camera and branch into directing." [41]

Personal life

Holland resides in the London neighborhood of Kingston upon Thames, near the house of his parents and younger brothers.[42] He has a dog named Tessa.[43] Holland is a supporter of English football club Arsenal and also practises gymnastics.[44]

Along with his three siblings Holland sponsors The Brothers Trust, a UK Registered Charity that raises money for various charitable causes.[45]

Holland publicly credits his father, comedian and writer Dominic Holland, for keeping his massive wave of Spider-Man fame from going to his head. [a]

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Arrietty (UK dub) Shō (voice)
The Impossible Lucas Bennett
2013 How I Live Now Isaac
2014 Locke Eddie (voice)
2015 In the Heart of the Sea Thomas Nickerson (young)
2016 Captain America: Civil War Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Edge of Winter Bradley Baker
A Monster Calls The Monster
The Lost City of Z Jack Fawcett
2017 Pilgrimage The Novice / Brother Diarmuid
Spider-Man: Homecoming Peter Parker / Spider-Man
The Current War Samuel Insull Post-production
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Peter Parker / Spider-Man Post-production
2019 Untitled Avengers film Filming

Television series

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Wolf Hall Gregory Cromwell 6 episodes
2017 Lip Sync Battle Himself Episode: "Tom Holland vs. Zendaya"

Stage

Year Title Role Venue Notes
2008–2010 Billy Elliot the Musical Billy Elliot / Michael
Victoria Palace Theatre
8 September 2008 – 29 May 2010

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2012 16th Hollywood Film Awards Spotlight Award
The Impossible
Won
11th Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Youth Performance Nominated
9th St. Louis Film Critics Association Special Merit (shared with Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast) Won
25th Chicago Film Critics Association Awards [47] Most Promising Performer Nominated
13th Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Youth Performance in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male Won
2nd Nevada Film Critics Society Best Youth Performance Won
2013 11th Central Ohio Film Critics Association Breakthrough Film Artist Nominated
84th National Board of Review Breakthrough Performance - Male Won
18th Critics' Choice Awards Best Young Actor/Actress Nominated
33rd London Film Critics' Circle Awards [22] Young British Performer of the Year Won
17th Online Film & Television Association Best Youth Performance Won
Best Breakthrough Performance - Male Nominated
Most Cinematic Moment (shared with Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast) Nominated
68th Cinema Writers Circle Awards Best New Actor Nominated
27th Goya Awards [48] Best New Actor Nominated
11th Gold Derby Awards Best Breakthrough Performer Nominated
18th Empire Awards [49] Best Male Newcomer Won
34th Young Artist Awards [50] Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Won
39th Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated
2014 8th CinEuphoria Awards Best Actor - International Competition Nominated
2016 15th Golden Schmoes Awards Breakthrough Performance of the Year
Captain America: Civil War
Won
37th Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor (14 - 21)
In the Heart of the Sea
Nominated
18th Teen Choice Awards [51] Choice Movie: Scene Stealer
Captain America: Civil War
Nominated
2017 70th British Academy Film Awards [52] Rising Star Award
Himself
Won
22nd Empire Awards Best Male Newcomer
Captain America: Civil War
Nominated
43rd Saturn Awards [53] Best Performance by a Younger Actor Won

See also

Notes

  1. ^ He's "'not afraid to tell me when I’m being a dick . . .. When I’m travelling the world as Tom Holland, The Actor, people just blow smoke up my arse 24/7. I’ve worked really hard, but I’m not the super-talented person everyone thinks I am. . . . The terrible thing about being famous . . . is you start to believe it. People tell you you’re fantastically wonderful all the time and you start to think you are incredible. I’m just a kid from Kingston.'" [46]

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