Tom Holland (actor)

Not to be confused with Tom Hollander.
Tom Holland

Tom Holland at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born Thomas Stanley Holland[1]
(1996-06-01) 1 June 1996
Kingston upon Thames, London, England
Occupation Actor, dancer
Years active 2007–present

Thomas Stanley "Tom" Holland (born 1 June 1996)[2] is an English actor and dancer. Holland is known for playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London, and for starring in the 2012 film The Impossible.

Early life and education

Holland was born in Kingston upon Thames, London,[3] to Nicola Elizabeth (née Frost), a photographer, and Dominic Holland, who is a comedian and author.[4][5] He has three brothers, twins Sam and Harry, three years younger, the latter of whom appears in the 2013 film Diana,[6] and Patrick, eight years younger.[4][7][8] His paternal grandparents were born on the Isle of Man and Ireland.[9]

Holland was educated at Donhead, a Roman Catholic preparatory school in Wimbledon in South west London,[10] followed by Wimbledon College, a voluntary aided Jesuit Roman Catholic comprehensive school (also in Wimbledon), up until December 2012. As of December 2012, he was attending The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.[5]



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.[7][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 front 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.


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.[20] Holland starred 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. It was released in Europe in October 2012 and in North America in December 2012. Holland was featured in Screen International's UK Stars of Tomorrow – 2012[21] and was among the newcomers chosen for the inaugural British Academy of Film and Television Arts Breakthrough Brits in 2013.[22]

Holland played Isaac in How I Live Now, released in the U.K. on 4 October 2013, and co-starred as Tom Nickerson in the film In the Heart of the Sea (2015), directed by Ron Howard.[23] Also in 2015, he appeared in BBC Two's TV series Wolf Hall, as Peer Gregory Cromwell. On 23 June 2015, it was announced that Holland had been cast as Spider-Man for Captain America: Civil War (released in 2016)[24] and Spider-Man: Homecoming, set to be released on 7 July 2017.[25]

In November 2015, he joined the ensemble cast of Shane Carruth's third film, The Modern Ocean alongside Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloë Grace Moretz, Asa Butterfield, Jeff Goldblum and Abraham Attah.[26]

As of December 2016, Holland is currently in negotiations to co-star as Todd Hewitt in the film adaptation of Patrick Ness's bestselling YA series Chaos Walking along with Daisy Ridley. [27]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Arrietty Shō Voice role, English dub (UK version)
2012 The Impossible Lucas Bennett
2013 How I Live Now Isaac
2014 Locke Eddie Voice role
2015 In the Heart of the Sea Young Thomas Nickerson
2016 Captain America: Civil War Peter Parker / Spider-Man
2016 Edge of Winter Bradley Baker
2017 The Lost City of Z Jack Fawcett
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Peter Parker / Spider-Man Post-production
TBD Pilgrimage The Novice Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Wolf Hall Gregory Cromwell 3 episodes


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

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Young Actor/Actress The Impossible Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Performer Nominated
Goya Awards Best New Actor Nominated
National Board of Review Breakthrough Actor Won
2013 London Film Critics Circle Awards 2012 Young British Performer of the Year Won
Empire Award Best Newcomer Won
Young Artist Award Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film[28] Won
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Scene Stealer Captain America: Civil War Nominated

See also


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  2. Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005;; accessed 19 March 2016.
  3. "Person Details for Thomas Stanley Holland, "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008" —".
  4. 1 2 "Meet Tom Holland... the 16-year-old star of The Impossible",, 20 December 2012.
  5. 1 2 "Schoolboy actor Tom Holland finds himself in Oscar contention for role in tsunami drama", The Scotsman, 21 December 2012.
  6. Bamigboye, Baz (15 November 2012). "Naomi Watts on the Prince William and Harry's reaction to her film about the late Princess Diana". Daily Mail. UK. Archived from the original on 16 November 2012.
  7. 1 2 "Holland and Pflueger Are West End's Two New 'Billy Elliots'",, 28 August 2008.
  8. "I'm so envious of my son, the movie star! British writer Dominic Holland's spent 20 years trying to crack Hollywood - but he's been beaten to it by a very unlikely rival",, 11 February 2013.
  9. "Richard and Margaret Povey of Jersey, Channel Islands, UK: Information about Thomas Stanley Holland". Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  10. "Tom Holland to play Billy Elliot",; accessed 22 September 2014.
  11. "New Billy Elliot leaving the garage",, 31 August 2008.
  12. Billy Elliot the Musical - Tom Holland - Billy. YouTube. 27 August 2009.
  13. "A Tale of four Billys: Tom Holland",, 28 August 2008.
  14. "The Feel Good Factor",; accessed 22 September 2014.
  15. "Thames Christian College schoolboys join Myleene Klass for The Feelgood Factor",, 5 March 2009.
  16. "Government launches £600,000 arts bursaries pilot",, 8 March 2010.
  17. "BILLY's Chapman, Holland, Gardner & Jackson-Keen Visit Prime Minister",, 8 March 2010
  18. "Elton John 'blown away' by Billy Elliot fifth birthday" (video with John's interview and fragments of Holland's performance), BBC News, 1 April 2010.
  19. "Being Billy Elliot",, 29 March 2010.
  20. "First News interviews Arrietty's Tom Holland" First News, 5 August 2011
  21. "UK Stars of Tomorrow",; accessed 23 June 2015.
  22. "BAFTA Breakthrough Brits 2013",, 25 September 2013; accessed 22 September 2014.
  23. "Ron Howard Whaling Tale 'In The Heart Of The Sea' Casts Tom Holland",, 10 April 2013.
  24. Kit, Borys; Siegel, Tatiana (23 June 2015). "'Spider-Man' Finds Tom Holland to Star as New Web-Slinger". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 24 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  25. "Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios Find Their 'Spider-Man' Star and Director". 23 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  26. Kit, Borys (3 November 2015). "Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe to Star in 'The Modern Ocean'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  27. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  28. "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved 5 May 2013.

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