Born in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England, Thomas Stanley Holland is a British actor/dancer who first gained fame for his role in the stage musical Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London.
The son of Nicola Elizabeth and Dominic Anthony Holland, a comedian and an author, Tom lives in Kingston-upon-Thames with his family, including brothers Sam, Harry (who are twins) and Paddy.
He has studied at Wimbledon College and began a two-year program in the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in September 2012.
Nifty Feet Dance School in Wimbledon, London was where Tom began dancing. His potential was spotted by choreographer Lynne Page when Tom performed with his dance school as a part of the 2006 Richmond Dance Festival. At the time, Lynne was the choreographer of Billy Elliot the Musical. After two long years of training and auditions, Tom made his West End debut on June 28, 2009 as Michael, Billy’s best friend. His first performance in the title role of Billy took place September 8, 2008 and he received many reviews praising his versatility in both acting and dancing. His run as Billy in the musical came to a close May 29, 2010.
Two months later, Tom successfully auditioned and won a starring role in the Juan Antonio Bayona film The Impossible, alongside Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. Based on a true story about the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2012.
Tom received major buzz for his performance in the film from both the media and his fellow actors. When UK film blog Flicks and Bits asked Ewan McGregor about Tom’s performance, he said: “It was wonderful watching Tom who had never worked in front of a camera before, to see him really get it and grow as a film actor as he went alone. He’s really talented and polite to everyone. It’s easy for children to lose perspective, but he’s absolutely on the right road and a brilliant actor.” He starred in How I Live Now (2013) the thriller Locke (2014), the action adventure flick In the Heart of the Sea (2015).
He also played alongside Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson in the action adventure film The Lost City of Z (2017), but his biggest role to date was when he was cast as Peter Parker in the big budget flick Captain America: Civil War (2016). He has since made appearances in other Marvel pictures, including Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019). He has already line up films for 2020, including Onward and The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.