Dominic Holland

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Dominic Holland
Dominic Anthony Holland

(1967-05-06) 6 May 1967 (age 52)
London, England
Alma materLeeds University
OccupationComedian, author, broadcaster
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Nicola Frost
Children4, including Tom Holland

Dominic Anthony Holland[1] (born 6 May 1967)[1] 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] Holland has also published three novels.

Early life[edit]

Holland was born in London, England; his mother is of Irish origin.[3] Raised Catholic, he attended the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School. He later studied textile management at Leeds University,[4] where he met his future wife, photographer Nicola Frost.


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.[5] In October 2012 Holland recorded his first stand up DVD at the Court Theatre in Tring.[6]

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.[7] He has appeared on Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive. He has been a regular panellist on the daytime debate show The Wright Stuff.[8]

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.[9] 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.[9][10]


The Small World of Dominic Holland was a radio programmer 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[11] and won a Comic Heritage Award. It has been repeated on BBC 7.[9][12]

His second radio series on Radio 4, Holland's Shorts. was a series of comic monologues written and performed by Holland.[13] 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.[14] He also made regular appearances in the early seasons of BBC Radio 5 Live's comedy sports panel show, Fighting Talk.[9]


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


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[15] and The Ripple Effect.[16] His third novel, A Man's Life, was published in 2013.[17] For two years Holland wrote the Funny Money column for The Guardian.[18] In January 2013 Holland published How Tom Holland Eclipsed His Dad.[19][20][21]

Personal life[edit]

Tom Holland, the son of Dominic Holland

Holland and his wife, photographer Nicola Elizabeth Frost, have four sons together:[1] actor Tom Holland born in 1996,[22][23][24] twins Sam and Harry born in 1999, and Patrick ‘Paddy’ born in 2004.[25][26]


  • 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


  1. ^ a b c "Richard and Margaret Povey of Jersey, Channel Islands, UK: Information about Dominic Anthony Holland". Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Dominic Holland". Knight Hall Agency. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  3. ^ Byrne, John (28 June 2017). "Spider-Man star Tom Holland is proud of his Irish roots".
  4. ^ Greenstreet, Rosanna (10 August 2002). "Q&A: Stand-up comic Dominic Holland". The Guardian.
  5. ^ Fielder, Miles (8 August 2006). "Dominic Holland (review)". Edinburgh Festival List.
  6. ^ "Dominic Holland is aLIVE in Tring". 20 December 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  7. ^ "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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  8. ^ "Dominic Holland". Personally Speaking Bureau. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d Dominic Holland on IMDb
  10. ^ "The Wild World of Warren". Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  11. ^ "The Small World of Dominic Holland". 19 March 2008. Archived from the original on 18 December 2012.
  12. ^ "The Small World of Dominic Holland. Episode Guide". BBC Home. 14 April 2008.
  13. ^ "Holland's Shorts". BBC Home. 26 September 2006.
  14. ^ "I've Got a Radio Four Series". Hal Cruttenden's Official Site. 26 December 2012. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013.
  15. ^ "Only in America". Goodreads.
  16. ^ "The Ripple Effect". Goodreads.
  17. ^ "A Man's Life". Smashwords. 26 December 2012.
  18. ^ "Funny Money". The Guardian.
  19. ^ "How Tom Holland Eclipsed His Dad". Dominic Holland's official site.
  20. ^ Holland, Dominic (16 January 2013). "How does it feel when your child eclipses your achievements before he's reached adulthood?". The Independent.
  21. ^ Holland, Dominic (11 February 2013). "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.
  22. ^ Greenstreet, Rosanna (1 November 2002). "Lifting the lid: Dominic Holland". The Telegraph.
  23. ^ "Scoot-aaargh! Kiddie's scooter + Dominic Holland = broken leg". London Evening Standard. 24 July 2012.
  24. ^ Conner, Megan (23 December 2012). "Why we're watching... Tom Holland". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  25. ^ "Meet Tom Holland... the 16-year-old star of The Impossible". Evening Standard. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  26. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Holland and Pflueger Are West End's Two New 'Billy Elliots '". Retrieved 21 August 2019.