Thomas 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 Tom 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 getting rave reviews praising his versatile acting and dancing skills.
In 2015, Holland appeared in four episodes of BBC Two’s historical miniseries Wolf Hall, as Gregory Cromwell, son of the protagonist Thomas Cromwell played by Mark Rylance. He also co-starred as Thomas Nickerson in the film In the Heart of the Sea (2015), directed by Ron Howard. On 23 June 2015, it was announced that Holland was cast as a teenage Peter Parker / Spider-Man, and his “life was flipped upside down”, as he later tweeted, as part of a six-picture deal with Marvel Studios. As part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), he first appeared as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War (2016).
In 2017, the 20-year-old Holland won the BAFTA Rising Star Award at the 70th British Academy Film Awards, becoming the second-youngest winner of the award, after British actress Bukky Bakray, who won it at 19.
July 2017 brought the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, in which Holland reprised his role from Captain America: Civil War. Homecoming received positive reviews and Holland considerable praise, with his performance called “a star performance given by a born actor.” The film grossed over $800 million worldwide. His performance earned Holland a Guinness Book of World Records listing as the youngest actor to play a title role in the MCU.
In October 2020, Holland worked on Spider-Man: No Way Home, which wrapped filming at the end of March 2021. Additionally, in May 2017, it was announced that he had been cast as a young Nathan Drake in the 2022 film adaptation of Naughty Dog’s Uncharted video game series. Principal photography began on 16 March 2020, shooting in Berlin,which wrapped in October 2020. He is also cast as the lead role in the adaptation of Beneath a Scarlet Sky with Amy Pascal production company producing.
Upcoming Tom Holland Movies:
Spider-Man: No Way Home – December 17, 2021
Uncharted – February 11, 2022 (Post-Production)
The Modern Ocean – TBA (Unknown)