Tom Holland (actor)

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Thomas Holland
Tom Holland Billy Elliott 2010 1b.jpg
Holland in London, 31 March 2010
Born Thomas Stanley Holland[1]
(1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 18)
Kingston upon Thames, England, UK
Occupation Actor, dancer
Years active 2008–present

Thomas Stanley "Tom" Holland (born 1 June 1996)[2] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Holland was born in Kingston-upon-Thames, London,[2][better source needed] the son of Nicola Elizabeth "Nikki" Frost, a photographer, and Dominic Holland, who is a comedian and author.[3][4] He has three brothers, twins Sam and Harry, three years younger, the latter of whom appears in the 2013 film Diana,[5] and Patrick, eight years younger.[3][6][7]

Holland attended Donhead, a Roman Catholic preparatory school.[8] As of December 2012, he was attending The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.[4]



Tom Holland (center) performing at the 5th anniversary of Billy Elliot the Musical

Holland began dancing at a hip hop class at Nifty Feet Dance School in Wimbledon, London. 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.[9]

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.[10] He gave his first performance in the title role on 8 September 2008, receiving positive notices.[6][11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14][15] Holland was chosen to be a lead at the fifth-anniversary show on 31 March 2010.[16] Holland had been appearing on a regular basis as Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical, rotating with three other performers,[17] until 29 May 2010, when he finished his run.


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.[18]

In 2011, Holland was cast in the British version of the animated film Arrietty, produced by Japan’s cult Studio Ghibli. He provided a voice for the principal character Sho.[19] 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, alongside Chris Hemsworth.[20] The film is set for 2014 release.

Awards and nominations[edit]

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.[21] Won

Holland was featured in Screen International's UK Stars of Tomorrow – 2012[22] and is among the newcomers chosen for the inaugural British Academy of Film and Television Arts Breakthrough Brits.[23]


Since October 2012, Holland has supported the Anthony Nolan Trust, which focuses on having young people register as potential bone marrow donors. He has registered himself and recorded a promotional video.[24]


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Arrietty Shô Voice only (UK version)
2012 The Impossible Lucas Bennett
2013 How I Live Now Isaac
2014 Locke Eddie Voice only
2015 In the Heart of the Sea Young Thomas Nickerson To be released in December 2015

Television Credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Wolf Hall Gregory Cromwell

Stage credits[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005; at
  3. ^ a b "Meet Tom Holland... the 16-year-old star of The Impossible" Evening Standard, 20 December 2012
  4. ^ a b "Schoolboy actor Tom Holland finds himself in Oscar contention for role in tsunami drama", The Scotsman, 21 December 2012
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ a b "Holland and Pflueger Are West End's Two New 'Billy Elliots'",, 28 August 2008.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Tom Holland to play Billy Elliot",; accessed 22 September 2014.
  9. ^ "New Billy Elliot leaving the garage",, 31 August 2008.
  10. ^ "We Are Billy Elliot: Meet the Cast and Crew. Video Interview with Tom Holland", WEstEndTheatre YouTube Channel, 27 August 2009
  11. ^ "A Tale of four Billys: Tom Holland",, 28 August 2008.
  12. ^ "The Feel Good Factor",; accessed 22 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Thames Christian College schoolboys join Myleene Klass for The Feelgood Factor",, 5 March 2009.
  14. ^ "Government launches £600,000 arts bursaries pilot",, 8 March 2010.
  15. ^ "BILLY's Chapman, Holland, Gardner & Jackson-Keen Visit Prime Minister",, 8 March 2010
  16. ^ "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.
  17. ^ "Being Billy Elliot",, 29 March 2010.
  18. ^ Tom Holland at the Internet Movie Database
  19. ^ "First News interviews Arrietty's Tom Holland" First News, 5 August 2011
  20. ^ "Ron Howard Whaling Tale 'In The Heart Of The Sea' Casts Tom Holland",, 10 April 2013.
  21. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "UK Stars of Tomorrow" Screen International 23, June–July 2012
  23. ^ "BAFTA Breakthrough Brits 2013",, 25 September 2013; accessed 22 September 2014.
  24. ^ "Tom Holland joins the Anthony Nolan register", Anthony Nolan channel at YouTube, 1 October 2012.

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