Tom Holland (actor)
Holland in London, 31 March 2010
|Born||Thomas Stanley Holland
1 June 1996
Kingston upon Thames, England, UK
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, to Nicola Elizabeth (née Frost), 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 father's family is of Manx and Irish descent.
Holland attended Donhead, a Roman Catholic preparatory 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 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 (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. 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 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, alongside Chris Hemsworth. The film is set for 2015 release. In 2015, he appeared in BBC Two's TV series Wolf Hall as Gregory Cromwell.
|2011||Arrietty||Shô||Voice only (UK version)|
|2012||The Impossible||Lucas Bennett|
|2013||How I Live Now||Isaac|
|2015||In the Heart of the Sea||Young Thomas Nickerson|
|2015||Wolf Hall||Gregory Cromwell|
|2008||Billy Elliot the Musical||Billy/Michael||Victoria Palace Theatre||8 September 2008 – 29 May 2010|
Awards and nominations
|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.||Won|
- Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005; at ancestry.com
- "Meet Tom Holland... the 16-year-old star of The Impossible", standard.co.uk, 20 December 2012.
- "Schoolboy actor Tom Holland finds himself in Oscar contention for role in tsunami drama", The Scotsman, 21 December 2012.
- 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.
- "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", DailyMail.co.uk, 11 February 2013.
- "Richard and Margaret Povey of Jersey, Channel Islands, UK: Information about Thomas Stanley Holland". Familytreemaker.genealogy.com. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- "Tom Holland to play Billy Elliot", donhead.org.uk; accessed 22 September 2014.
- "New Billy Elliot leaving the garage", ichmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk, 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", valchess.livejournal.com, 28 August 2008.
- "The Feel Good Factor", tvthrong.co.uk; accessed 22 September 2014.
- "Thames Christian College schoolboys join Myleene Klass for The Feelgood Factor", thisislocallondon.co.uk, 5 March 2009.
- "Government launches £600,000 arts bursaries pilot", thestage.co.uk, 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.co.uk, 29 March 2010.
- Tom Holland at the Internet Movie Database
- "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.com, 10 April 2013.
- "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "UK Stars of Tomorrow" Screen International 23, June–July 2012
- "BAFTA Breakthrough Brits 2013", bafta.org, 25 September 2013; accessed 22 September 2014.
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