Tom Holland

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Thomas Stanley Holland was born 1 June 1996 and is an English actor and dancer. He is best known for playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and has appeared as the character in five films: Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).

Holland was born in Kingston upon Thames, London, to Nicola “Nikki” Elizabeth (née Frost), a photographer, and Dominic Holland, a comedian and author. His paternal grandparents were born on the Isle of Man and Tipperary, Ireland, respectively. He has three younger brothers: twins Harry, Sam (b. 1999) and Patrick “Paddy” (b. 2004). 

Holland was educated at Donhead, a Roman Catholic preparatory school in Wimbledon in South West London, followed by Wimbledon College, a voluntary aided Jesuit Roman Catholic comprehensive school (also in Wimbledon), up until December 2012. Holland has said he was bullied in school for being a dancer. After Wimbledon College he attended The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in Croydon.

Holland began dancing at a hip hop class at Nifty Feet Dance School in Wimbledon. 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 two subsequent 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.

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. 

Holland has been cast to appear in The Devil All the Time, a horror film set shortly after World War II. The film, scheduled for release in 2020, has been be directed by Antônio Campos. In December 2018, Holland signed on to the Pixar animated film Onward, alongside Avengers: Infinity War co-star Chris Pratt.

In March 2019, it was confirmed that Holland was planned to play the lead role in Cherry, based on the novel of the same name, reteaming him with the Russo brothers.

Holland said that his long-term career plans are to do some more franchises, and play some meatier indie roles and eventually transition to the other side of the camera and branch into directing.

Holland resides in Kingston upon Thames in London, near the house of his parents and younger brothers. He has a blue Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Tessa. When he was seven, Holland was diagnosed with dyslexia. Holland is a supporter of English football club Arsenal and also practises gymnastics.

Along with his three younger brothers, they sponsor The Brothers Trust, a UK Registered Charity that raises money for various charitable causes.

Holland publicly credits his father, comedian and writer Dominic Holland, for keeping his Spider-Man fame from getting to his head.