Tom Holland (actor)

Thomas Stanley “Tom” Holland is an
English actor and dancer, best known for playing the title role in Billy Elliot
the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London, as well as for starring
in the 2012 film The Impossible. In 2015, Holland was cast as Peter Parker /
Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Personal life Holland was born in
Kingston-upon-Thames, London, to Nicola Elizabeth, a photographer, and Dominic
Holland, who is a comedian and author. He has three brothers, twins Sam and
Harry, three years younger, the latter of whom appears in the 2013 film Diana,
and Patrick, eight years younger. His paternal grandparents were born on the
Isle of Man and Ireland. Holland attended Donhead, a Roman
Catholic preparatory school. He later attended Wimbledon College up until
December 2012. As of December 2012, he was attending The BRIT School for
Performing Arts and Technology. Career
=Theatre=Holland began dancing at a hip hop class
at Nifty Feet Dance School in Wimbledon. His potential was spotted by
choreographer Lynne Page when he performed with his dance school as part
of the 2006 Richmond Dance Festival. 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. He gave his first
performance in the title role on 8 September 2008, receiving positive
notices. In September 2008, Holland 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. 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. 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. Holland was chosen to be a lead at the fifth-anniversary show on 31
March 2010. Holland had been appearing on a regular basis as Billy in Billy
Elliot the Musical, rotating with three other performers, until 29 May 2010,
when he finished his run.=Cinema=
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.
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. He played Isaac in How I Live Now, released in UK on 4 October
2013. Holland was cast in the role of Young Nickerson in the film In the Heart
of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard. The film is set for 2015 release. In 2015,
he appeared in BBC Two’s TV series Wolf Hall as Gregory Cromwell. On 23 June
2015, it was announced that Holland had been cast as Spider-Man for Captain
America: Civil War and the untitled Spider-Man film set to be released on 28
July 2017. Holland was featured in Screen
International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow – 2012 and is among the newcomers chosen
for the inaugural British Academy of Film and Television Arts Breakthrough
Brits. Filmography
=Stage=Awards and nominations
See also Billy Elliot the Musical casts
References External links
Tom Holland at the Internet Movie Database

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