Dominic Holland

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Dominic Holland
Dominic Anthony Holland

(1967-05-06) 6 May 1967 (age 54)
London, England[1]
Alma materLeeds University
OccupationComedian, author, broadcaster
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Nicola Holland
Children4, including Tom Holland

Dominic Anthony Holland is an English comedian, author and broadcaster. He won the 1993 Perrier Best Newcomer Award in Edinburgh. His BBC Radio 4 series, The Small World of Dominic Holland (a reference to his 5'6" height), won a Comic Heritage Award.[2]

Early life[edit]

Holland was born in Brent, London, the son of Teresa (Quigley) and John Holland. His father was from the Isle of Man and his mother was Irish.[3][4][5] Raised Catholic, he attended the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. He later studied textile management at Leeds University,[6] where he met his future wife, photographer Nicola Frost. He has four sons, including actor Tom Holland.


Stand-up comedy[edit]

Holland started performing stand-up comedy in 1991, making his debut at The Comedy Café, Rivington Street, London. In 1993, he was briefly managed by Eddie Izzard. In Holland's first year at the Edinburgh Fringe his one-man show won the Perrier Best Newcomer award and good notices. Later in the autumn of 1993, Holland supported Eddie Izzard on his national tour. In 1994, Holland returned to Edinburgh. In 1996, his show at the Edinburgh festival was nominated for the Perrier Award. Holland returned to the Edinburgh festival in 2006.[7] In October 2012 Holland recorded his first stand up DVD at the Court Theatre in Tring.[8]

The Sunday Times described Holland as "The UK's master of observational comedy" and The Daily Telegraph commented that "he is a top notch stand up who everyone should see". Bob Monkhouse called him "Britain's funniest not yet famous comedian".[2]


Holland made his TV debut appearance in 1993 on Central Television's Lafter Hours with Harry Hill. He was a team captain for two series of Bring Me the Head of Light Entertainment for Channel Five – with Graham Norton hosting in 1998. In 1999 and 2000, Holland appeared twice as a guest on Have I Got News for You, They Think It's All Over, and in 2000 The Royal Variety Performance.[9] He has appeared on Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive. He has been a regular panellist on the daytime debate show The Wright Stuff.[10]

Holland has made numerous guest appearances on numerous television shows, including The Clive James Show, The Brian Conley Show, The Des O'Connor Show, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He has participated in the Richard and Judy Show as well as Boom Bang-a-Bang and the National Lottery Draw Show.[11] He has written for the animated British sitcom, Warren United, originally titled The Wild World of Warren, produced for ITV by Baby Cow Productions. Six episodes were made, two of which co-written by Holland.[11][12]


Holland's first foray into radio was on hospital radio when he joined North Middlesex Hospital's radio station, Radio North Mid in 1990.

The Small World of Dominic Holland was a radio programme written and presented by Holland, featuring his stand-up work, but including sketches. One series of the show was commissioned in 2000. This was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4[13] and won a Comic Heritage Award. It has been repeated on BBC 7.[11][14]

His second radio series on Radio 4, Holland's Shorts. was a series of comic monologues written and performed by Holland.[15] In 2011 he appeared on Radio 4's The News Quiz, hosted by Sandi Toksvig. Holland was co-writer of Hal, a 2017 sitcom commissioned by BBC Radio 4, that starred Hal Cruttenden, in which Holland also appeared.[16] He also made regular appearances in the early seasons of BBC Radio 5 Live's comedy sports panel show, Fighting Talk.[11]


Holland debuted in 1982 in a small role of 'schoolboy' in Channel 4 film P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang.[17] In 1998 he played "Bob" in The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star.[18] In 1999 he appeared as "Cello Player" in Tube Tales.[17] Holland has written four screenplays, three of which have been sold to producers, but as yet, have not been made into films.


Holland has written material for Bob Monkhouse, Lenny Henry, Harry Enfield, Des O'Connor, Clive Anderson and many others. Holland has published two comic novels, Only in America[19] and The Ripple Effect.[20] His third novel, A Man's Life, was published in 2013.[21] For two years Holland wrote the Funny Money column for The Guardian.[22] In January 2013 Holland published How Tom Holland Eclipsed His Dad.[23][24] He published 'The Fruit Bowl' on July 13, 2020.[25] Published on November 22, 2020, Takes on Life Vol. 1 contains thirty-one autobiographical essays or "Takes" on the life of Dominic Holland. [26] [27]


  • Takes on Life Vol. 1, 2020, ISBN 978-1999765651 [28]
  • The Fruit Bowl, 2020, ISBN 9781999765620
  • How Tom Holland Eclipsed His Dad,, 2013, ASIN: B00B0XBSG6
  • A Man's Life (novel) Smashwords, 2012, ISBN 9781301463633
  • The Ripple Effect (novel) Flame, 2003, ISBN 0-340-81987-1; ISBN 978-0-340-81987-6
  • Only in America (novel) Flame, 2002, ISBN 0-340-82128-0; ISBN 978-0-340-82128-2
  • Sit-Down Comedy (contributor to anthology, ed Malcolm Hardee & John Fleming) Ebury Press/Random House, 2003, ISBN 0-09-188924-3; ISBN 978-0-09-188924-1
  • Ha Bloody Ha: Comedians Talking (contributor, ed William Cook) Fourth Estate 1994, ISBN 1-85702-180-0; ISBN 978-1-85702-180-6


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  2. ^ a b "Dominic Holland". Knight Hall Agency. Archived from the original on 26 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  3. ^ Lonergan, Aidan (29 June 2017). "'It's an absolutely amazing place' – New Spider-Man Tom Holland very proud of his Irish roots". The Irish Post.
  4. ^ "New Spiderman Tom Holland says Ireland is "absolutely amazing"". 7 July 2017.
  5. ^ "SpiderManx?! - Afternoon Extras". Manx Radio. 12 November 2019.
  6. ^ Greenstreet, Rosanna (10 August 2002). "Q&A: Stand-up comic Dominic Holland". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Fielder, Miles (8 August 2006). "Dominic Holland (review)". Edinburgh Festival List.
  8. ^ "Dominic Holland is aLIVE in Tring". 20 December 2012. Archived from the original on 7 February 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Royal Variety Performance". Royal Variety Performance official website, London Dominion. 5 December 2000. Archived from the original on 4 January 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Dominic Holland". Personally Speaking Bureau. Archived from the original on 19 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  11. ^ a b c d Dominic Holland at IMDb
  12. ^ "The Wild World of Warren". Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  13. ^ "The Small World of Dominic Holland". 19 March 2008. Archived from the original on 18 December 2012.
  14. ^ "The Small World of Dominic Holland Episode Guide". BBC Radio 4 Extra. 14 April 2008.
  15. ^ "Holland's Shorts". BBC Radio 4. 26 September 2006.
  16. ^ "I've Got a Radio Four Series". Hal Cruttenden's Official Site. 26 December 2012. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013.
  17. ^ a b "Dominic Holland". BFI. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  18. ^ "Dominic Holland". Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  19. ^ "Only in America". Goodreads.
  20. ^ "The Ripple Effect". Goodreads.
  21. ^ "A Man's Life". Smashwords. 26 December 2012.
  22. ^ "Funny Money". The Guardian.
  23. ^ "How Tom Holland Eclipsed His Dad". Dominic Holland's official site. 15 January 2013.
  24. ^ Holland, Dominic (16 January 2013). "How does it feel when your child eclipses your achievements before he's reached adulthood?". The Independent.
  25. ^ "The Fruit Bowl by Dominic Holland". Goodreads.
  26. ^ "Takes on Life Vol. 1". Dominic Holland. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  27. ^ "Takes on Life:". Amazon. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  28. ^ Holland, Dominic (22 November 2020). Takes on Life Vol. 1. Dom Holland Books. ISBN 978-1999765651. Retrieved 4 June 2021.