Tom Holland was born on June 1, 1996 in Kingston upon Thames, London to parents Nicola and Dominic Holland. He has three younger brothers named Harry, Sam, and Patrick.
Tom grew up in London and attended Donhead, a Roman Catholic preparatory school in Wimbledon. From there, he went on to attend Wimbledon College. As a child, Tom was an active dancer and performed with Stagecoach Theatre Arts school. He started acting in local theater productions at a young age.
|Thomas Stanley Holland
|June 1, 1996
|Kingston upon Thames, London, England
|Nicola (Frost) and Dominic Holland
|Harry Holland, Sam Holland, Patrick Holland (brothers)
Breaking into Acting
Tom’s big break came when he was cast to play the lead role in Billy Elliot the Musical in 2008. He performed the role of Billy, a motherless British 11-year-old boy who discovers a passion for ballet, over 200 times between 2008 and 2010.
|Starred as Billy in Billy Elliot the Musical in London’s West End
|Made film debut in The Impossible as Lucas Bennett
|Played Isaac in drama film How I Live Now
|Cast as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
The role earned Tom a Laurence Olivier Award nomination and established him as a talented dramatic actor at a young age. He went on to make his film debut in 2012 in the disaster drama film The Impossible opposite Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.
Spider-Man and Global Stardom
Tom made headlines when he was cast as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in 2016, taking over the iconic superhero role from Andrew Garfield. His first appearance as Spider-Man was in Captain America: Civil War (2016), followed by starring roles in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).
The Spider-Man films cemented Tom’s status as a globally recognized movie star. His charismatic yet vulnerable portrayal of the beloved Spider-Man has earned him critical and fan praise. Audiences especially connected with Tom’s ability to capture Peter Parker’s authentic teenage persona.
Off-screen, Tom brought his friendly, down-to-earth charm to his publicity tours. His natural enthusiasm and energy make him a perfect fit for the physically demanding stunts required for Spider-Man. In interviews, Holland speaks passionately about portraying Spider-Man as an inspirational hero to younger viewers.
Outside of Spider-Man, Tom has starred in various dramatic and action films:
The Current War (2017)
This historical drama featured Tom as Samuel Insull opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s Thomas Edison during the 19th century electricity race.
The Lost City of Z (2017)
For this adventure biopic, Tom played Jack Fawcett, the son of explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam).
Chaos Walking (2021)
Tom co-starred with Daisy Ridley in this sci-fi thriller based on the YA novel series. He portrayed Todd Hewitt, a young man living in a dystopian landscape without women and where all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts.
Tom’s most recent film is this action-adventure blockbuster based on the video game series. He plays adventurer Nathan Drake opposite Mark Wahlberg.
Upcoming projects for Tom include a Fred Astaire biopic directed by Jon M. Chu and more Spider-Man installments in development.
Tom prefers to keep his personal life private. However, it is known that he has been in a relationship with actress and co-star Zendaya since 2017 after meeting on the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Though based in London, Holland has the schedule of a busy global star. When not making movies, he enjoys playing golf, photography, and spending time with his dog Tessa.
Known to be down-to-earth, Holland makes a point to use his celebrity status for good causes. He is an advocate for The Brothers Trust, a U.K. charity championing better mental health for young people.
In just over a decade, Tom Holland has transitioned from a child stage actor to an accomplished dramatic performer to one of Hollywood’s highest-profile stars and one continually on the rise. With his blockbuster success as Spider-Man cementing him as a household name globally, Holland shows no signs of slowing down when comes to challenging himself with roles big and small on screens of every size.
Though still early in his career, Holland displays maturity beyond his years when it comes to navigating fame while staying grounded in his personal life. As he plans to wield his star power for humanitarian causes, audiences can expect to see Holland swinging through many more phases playing hero both on and off-screen.
FAQ about Tom Holland
When is Tom Holland’s birthday?
Tom Holland’s birthday is June 1, 1996. He was born in London, England.
How old was Tom Holland when he was cast as Spider-Man?
Tom Holland was 19 years old when he was cast as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s new Spider-Man/Peter Parker in 2015.
What was Tom Holland’s first movie role?
Tom’s feature film debut was in 2012’s drama disaster film <i>The Impossible</i>, directed by J.A. Bayona. He played Lucas Bennett, son to Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor’s characters.
Is Tom Holland dating his Spider-Man co-star Zendaya?
Yes, Tom Holland and Zendaya met on the set of 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and have reportedly been dating since then. They keep their relationship very private from the media.
What awards has Tom Holland won?
Tom won a London Critics Circle Film Award for Supporting Actor of the Year for his performance in The Impossible (2012). He also shared a few Best Ensemble awards with his Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame co-stars. Tom received an honorary Anglia Ruskin University award in 2018.