Thomas Stanley Holland (born 1 June 1996)[2] is an English actor and dancer. He is known for playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).

Holland previously appeared on stage in the title role of Billy Elliot the Musical in London's West End. His other major films include The Impossible (2012), In the Heart of the Sea (2015), and The Lost City of Z (2016). Holland received the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2017.

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.[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]



Holland (centre) 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.


In 2015, Holland appeared in four episodes of BBC Two's TV series Wolf Hall, as Gregory Cromwell, son of the protagonist Thomas Cromwell played by Mark Rylance.[20] He later appeared on an episode of Lip Sync Battle, in which he defeated Zendaya. Holland presented the award for Best Visual Effects at the 90th Annual Academy Awards, in which the Oscar was won by Bladerunner 2049.


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. Holland was praised so highly, that there were even rumors he was a contender for a Academy Award nomination.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 2016, he plays Bradley Baker in the film Edge of Winter, where he co-stars with Joel Kinnaman and Percy Hynes White. 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]

In 2017, he co-stars alongside Richard Armitage and Jon Bernthal in the film Pilgrimage. The film was released on 23 April 2017 in the Tribeca Film Festival in its "Viewpoint" sections. Holland was cast to play Samuel Insull in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's The Current War, which was released on 24 November, 2017.[26]


On 23 June 2015, it was announced that Holland was cast as a teenage Peter Parker / Spider-Man,[27] and his "life was flipped upside down", as he later tweeted.[28] As part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he first appeared as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War (2016).[29] The film was a massive critical and commercial success, grossing over $1.1 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2016,[30] with Holland receiving critical praise.[31][32]

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,[33] Homecoming received positive reviews and Holland considerable praise, with his appearance being called "a star performance given by a born actor."[34] Holland is scheduled to reprise 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.[35][36][37] He has a six-picture deal with Marvel Studios not including his Captain America: Civil War appearance.[38]

Upcoming works

Holland was cast in the film adaptation of Patrick Ness's bestselling YA series Chaos Walking as Todd Hewitt, alongside with Star Wars star Daisy Ridley, which will be directed by Doug Liman Holland revealed after filming that a sequel was in the works.[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] He is also now cast as the lead role in the film adaptation of Beneath the Scarlet Sky with Pascal Pictures.[41] He is set to star in 20th Century Fox Animation's Spies in Disguise in 2019 alongside Will Smith.[42] Holland was later cast in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, alongside Avengers co-star Robert Downey Jr.

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." [43]

Personal life

Holland resides in the London neighbourhood of Kingston upon Thames, near the house of his parents and younger brothers.[44] He has a dog named Tessa.[45] When he was seven years old, Holland was diagnosed with dyslexia.[46] Holland is a supporter of English football club Arsenal and also practises gymnastics.[47]

Along with his three siblings Holland sponsors The Brothers Trust, a UK Registered Charity that raises money for various charitable causes.[48]

Holland publicly credits his father, comedian and writer Dominic Holland, for keeping his Spider-Man fame from getting to his head.[43]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Arrietty Shō (voice) English dub (UK, AU, NZL)
2012 The Impossible Lucas Bennett
2013 How I Live Now Isaac
Moments Boy Short film
2014 Locke Eddie (voice)
Billy Elliot the Musical Live Former Billy Encore, cameo
2015 In the Heart of the Sea Thomas Nickerson
Tweet Himself Short film; director
2016 Captain America: Civil War Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Edge of Winter Bradley Baker
A Monster Calls The Monster Stand-in
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
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Peter Parker / Spider-Man Post-production
2019 Chaos Walking Todd Hewitt Post-production
The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle Jip (voice) Filming
Spies in Disguise Walter (voice) In production
Untitled Avengers film Peter Parker / Spider-Man Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Wolf Hall Gregory Cromwell Recurring role; 4 episodes
2017 Lip Sync Battle Himself Episode: "Tom Holland vs. Zendaya"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Lego Marvel Avengers Peter Parker / Spider-Man DLC
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming - Virtual Reality Experience Peter Parker / Spider-Man
2017 Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 Peter Parker / Spider-Man Likenesses Only


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 Hollywood Film Awards Spotlight Award
The Impossible
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Youth Performance Nominated
St. Louis Film Critics Association Special Merit (shared with Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast) Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards[49] Most Promising Performer Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Youth Performance in a Lead or Supporting Role - Male Won
Nevada Film Critics Society Best Youth Performance Won
2013 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Breakthrough Film Artist Nominated
National Board of Review Breakthrough Performance - Male Won
Critics' Choice Awards Best Young Actor/Actress Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Awards[22] Young British Performer of the Year Won
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
Cinema Writers Circle Awards Best New Actor Nominated
Goya Awards[50] Best New Actor Nominated
Gold Derby Awards Best Breakthrough Performer Nominated
Empire Awards[51] Best Male Newcomer Won
Young Artist Awards[52] Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor Won
Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Nominated
2014 CinEuphoria Awards Best Actor - International Competition Nominated
2016 Golden Schmoes Awards Breakthrough Performance of the Year
Captain America: Civil War
Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor (14 - 21)
In the Heart of the Sea
Teen Choice Awards[53] Choice Movie: Scene Stealer
Captain America: Civil War
2017 British Academy Film Awards[54] Rising Star Award
Empire Awards Best Male Newcomer
Captain America: Civil War
Saturn Awards[55] Best Performance by a Younger Actor Won
Teen Choice Awards[56] Choice Breakout Movie Star
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Choice Summer Movie Actor Won
2018 Saturn Awards[57] Best Performance by a Younger Actor Pending

See also


  1. ^ Profile, tribute.ca; accessed 24 June 2015.
  2. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005; ancestry.com; accessed 19 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Person Details for Thomas Stanley Holland, "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008" — FamilySearch.org". familysearch.org. 
  4. ^ a b "Meet Tom Holland... the 16-year-old star of The Impossible", standard.co.uk, 20 December 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Schoolboy actor Tom Holland finds himself in Oscar contention for role in tsunami drama", The Scotsman, 21 December 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Holland and Pflueger Are West End's Two New 'Billy Elliots'", BroadwayWorld.com, 28 August 2008.
  7. ^ "Richard and Margaret Povey of Jersey, Channel Islands, UK: Information about Thomas Stanley Holland". Familytreemaker.genealogy.com. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Byrne, John (28 June 2017). "Spider-Man star Tom Holland is proud of his Irish roots". 
  9. ^ "Tom Holland to play Billy Elliot", donhead.org.uk; accessed 22 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Spider-Man Homecoming Tom Holland Talks Being Bullied". Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  11. ^ "New Billy Elliot leaving the garage", ichmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk, 31 August 2008.
  12. ^ Billy Elliot the Musical - Tom Holland - Billy. YouTube. 27 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "A Tale of four Billys: Tom Holland", valchess.livejournal.com, 28 August 2008.
  14. ^ "The Feel Good Factor", tvthrong.co.uk; accessed 22 September 2014.
  15. ^ "Thames Christian College schoolboys join Myleene Klass for The Feelgood Factor", www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk, 5 March 2009.
  16. ^ "Government launches £600,000 arts bursaries pilot", thestage.co.uk, 8 March 2010.
  17. ^ "BILLY's Chapman, Holland, Gardner & Jackson-Keen Visit Prime Minister", BroadwayWorld.com, 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", NewsOnStage.co.uk, 29 March 2010.
  20. ^ "Wolf Hall". Retrieved 20 July 2017. 
  21. ^ "First News interviews Arrietty's Tom Holland" First News, 5 August 2011
  22. ^ a b "33rd Critics' Circle Film Awards winners". Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "National Board of Review Current Awards". Archived from the original on 12 June 2010. 
  24. ^ "Ron Howard Whaling Tale 'In The Heart Of The Sea' Casts Tom Holland", Deadline.com, 10 April 2013.
  25. ^ "The Lost City of Z reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  26. ^ Hipes, Patrick (17 March 2017). "'Mary Magdalene', 'Current War' & 'Wind River' Get 2017 Release Dates From Weinstein". Deadline.com. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  27. ^ "Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios Find Their 'Spider-Man' Star and Director". Marvel.com. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  28. ^ "Tom Holland Reflects On Being Cast As Spider-Man". Marvel. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  29. ^ 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. 
  30. ^ "Captain America: Civil War (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  31. ^ Chang, Justin (April 13, 2016). "Film Review: 'Captain America: Civil War'". Variety. Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  32. ^ Roeper, Richard (May 2, 2016). "'Captain America: Civil War' review: Choose your own avenger". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 4 May 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  33. ^ "Box Office History for Spider-Man Movies". Retrieved 19 July 2017. 
  34. ^ Travers, Peter (29 June 2017). "'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Review: New Reboot of Marvel Webslinger Really Is Amazing". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 July 2017. 
  35. ^ Couch, Aaron (10 February 2017). "'Avengers: Infinity War' Featurette Shows Off First Footage From Set". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  36. ^ Kit, Borys; Couch, Aaron (18 April 2017). "Marvel's Kevin Feige on Why the Studio Won't Make R-Rated Movies, 'Guardians 2' and Joss Whedon's DC Move". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 18 April 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  37. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (9 December 2016). "'Spider-Man: Homecoming 2' Shoots Web Around Independence Day 2019 Frame; 'Bad Boys 4' Moves To Memorial Day". Deadline.com. Archived from the original on 10 December 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  38. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (9 November 2016). "Tom Holland Learned He Got His 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Role From a Marvel Instagram Post". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 9 November 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  39. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (11 May 2017). "Lionsgate Unleashing Daisy Ridley & Tom Holland Starrer 'Chaos Walking' In Cannes". Deadline. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  40. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (22 May 2017). "'Uncharted' Reconfigured: 'Spider-Man Homecoming's Tom Holland To Play Young Nathan Drake For Shawn Levy". 
  41. ^ "Tom Holland to Star in WWII Spy Movie Beneath a Scarlet Sky". Den of Geek. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  42. ^ "Will Smith, Tom Holland to Star in Fox Animation's 'Spies in Disguise'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  43. ^ a b Mandle, Chris (26 June 2017). "'Tom Holland might just be the most chipper superhero of all time'". shortlist.com. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  44. ^ "Tom Holland's Mom Tricks Him Into Staying Close to Home". E!. 
  45. ^ Desta, Yohana. "5 things to know about your new Spider-Man: Tom Holland". Mashable. 
  46. ^ "Dyslexia is in the news…". DominicHolland.co.uk. 
  47. ^ "Meet new Spider-Man Tom Holland: Arsenal-loving, free-running teenager who lives at home - and is set to become a household name". Daily Mirror. 
  48. ^ "The Brothers Trust". www.thebrotherstrust.org. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
  49. ^ Hanna, Beth (17 December 2012). "PTA's 'Master' Leads Chicago Film Critics Nominations, UPDATED: Houston and Indiana Critics Nominations". IndieWire. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  50. ^ "Nominaciones Goya 2013 Telecinco Cinema – ENG" (PDF). Mediaset.es. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  51. ^ Blackall, Luke (24 March 2013). "Jameson Empire Film Awards: Martin Freeman wins best actor for performance in The Hobbit". The Independent. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  52. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Archived from the original on 2 April 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  53. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2016—Captain America: Civil War Leads Second Wave of Nominations". E! Online. 9 June 2016. 
  54. ^ "BAFTA Film Award Nominations: 'La La Land' Leads Race". Variety. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  55. ^ McNary, Dave (2 March 2017). "Saturn Awards Nominations 2017: 'Rogue One,' 'Walking Dead' Lead". Variety. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  56. ^ Vulpo, Mike (12 July 2017). "Teen Choice Awards 2017 Reveal "Second Wave" of Nominations". E! Online. Archived from the original on 12 July 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  57. ^ McNary, Dave (March 15, 2018). "'Black Panther,' 'Walking Dead' Rule Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Archived from the original on March 15, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2018. 

External links

Additional reading

  • Holland, Dominic (2017). Eclipsed: How Tom Holland Eclipsed His 'Celebrity' Dad.  [1]