Tom Holland (actor)
Holland in London, 31 March 2010
|Born||Thomas Stanley Holland
1 June 1996
Kingston upon Thames, England
Thomas Stanley "Tom" Holland (born 1 June 1996) 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.
Holland was born in Kingston-upon-Thames, London,[better source needed] the son of Nicola, 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 film Diana), and Patrick, also called Paddy, eight years younger
Holland attended Donhead Prep School. As of December 2012, he was attending The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.
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 Richmond Dance Festival 2006. 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 of Billy on 8 September 2008, receiving positive notices.
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, Holland 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.
Holland starred in the film 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 cult Studio Ghibli. He provided a voice for the principal character Sho. Holland played Isaac in the film How I Live Now, alongside Saoirse Ronan, released in UK on 4 October 2013. Holland has been cast in the role of Young Nickerson in the film In the Heart of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard, alongside Chris Hemsworth. The film is set for 2014 release.
Awards and recognition
- 2012 Hollywood Spotlight Award for The Impossible
- 2012 National Board of Review award in the Breakthrough Actor category
- 2013 London Film Critics Circle Awards 2012 in the Young British Performer of the Year category
- 2013 Empire Award for Best Newcomer.
- 2013 Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film.
- 2012 Critics' Choice Movie Awards, Best Young Actor/Actress category
- 2012 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, Most Promising Performer category
- 2012 Goya Awards, Best New Actor category
Since October 2012, Holland has supported the British charity 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.
|This section relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (September 2013)|
|2011||Arrietty||Shô||Voice only (UK version)|
|2012||The Impossible||Lucas Bennett|
|2013||How I Live Now||Isaac|
|2014||In the Heart of the Sea||Young Thomas Nickerson||Filming|
|2008||Billy Elliot the Musical||Billy / Michael||Victoria Palace Theatre||8 September 2008 – 29 May 2010|
- Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.; at ancestry.com
- "Meet Tom Holland... the 16-year-old star of The Impossible" Evening Standard, 20 December 2012
- "Schoolboy actor Tom Holland finds himself in Oscar contention for role in tsunami drama" The Scotsman, 21 December 2012
- "Naomi Watts on the Prince William and Harry's reaction to her film about the late Princess Diana". Daily Mail (UK). 15 November 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-11-16.
- "Holland and Pflueger Are West End's Two New 'Billy Elliots'" BroadwayWorld.com, 28 August 2008
- "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" Daily Mail, 11 February 2013
- "Tom Holland to play Billy Elliot" Donhead School Site
- "New Billy Elliot leaving the garage" Richmond and Twickenham Times, 31 August 2008
- "We Are Billy Elliot: Meet the Cast and Crew. Video Interview with Tom Holland", WEstEndTheatre YouTube Channel, 27 august 2009
- "A Tale of four Billys: Tom Holland" Albion and Beyond, 28 August 2008
- "The Feel Good Factor" tvthrong.co.uk
- "Thames Christian College schoolboys join Myleene Klass for The Feelgood Factor" This is Local London, 5 March 2009
- "Government launches £600,000 arts bursaries pilot" The Stage, 8 March 2010
- "BILLY's Chapman, Holland, Gardner & Jackson-Keen Visit Prime Minister" BroadwayWorld.com, 8 March 2010
- "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
- "Being Billy Elliot" NewsOnStage, 29 March 2010
- "First News interviews Arrietty's Tom Holland" First News, 5 August 2011
- "Ron Howard Whaling Tale ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’ Casts Tom Holland" Deadline | Hollywood, 10 April 2013
- "Hollywood Spotlight Award winners include Kelly Reilly, Tom Holland" Los Angeles Times, 17 October 2012
- "Zero Dark Thirty Is the National Board of Review Big Winner" Vulture.com, 6 December 2012
- "Winners at London Critics' Circle Film Awards" BBC Entertainment&Arts News, 20 January 2013
- "Jameson Empire Awards 2013: Live". Retrieved 23 March 2013.
- "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "'Lincoln' leads Critics' Choice Movie Awards field" USA Today, 11 December 2012
- "UK Stars of Tomorrow" Screen International 23, June–July 2012
- "BAFTA Breakthrough Brits 2013" Official BAFTA site, 25 September 2013
- "Tom Holland joins the Anthony Nolan register" Anthony Nolan channel at YouTube, 1 October 2012
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