Thomas Stanley Holland was born on 1 June, 1996 to Nicola Elizabeth Frost and Dominic Holland in Kingston-upon-Thames, England, United Kingdom. Tom is the eldest of four brothers – Paddy, Sam and Harry. He attended Donhead, a Roman Catholic preparatory school in Wimbledon. He began dancing in a hip-hop class at Nifty Feet Dance School while at Donhead. Tom was spotted by an associate choreographer to Peter Darling, the choreographer of the Billy Elliot movie and musical. After a handful of auditions and training, Tom made his debut on the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical as Billy’s best friend, Michael, on 28 June 2008 and performed as Billy for the first time on 8 September of that year. He began learning gymnastics while performing in Billy Elliot and briefly attended carpentry school in Cardiff, Wales. In 2010, Tom completed his role as Billy Elliot, which he shared with three other performers, on 29 May. He attended Wimbledon College until December 2012, then moved onto The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology.
Tom voiced the character of Shô for the UK dub of Studio Ghibli’s anime film The Secret World of Arrietty in 2010. In 2012, he played the role of Lucas, the son of Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, for his feature film debut in The Impossible. He earned high praise for his role in the film and received the awards for Breakthrough Performance from the National Board of Review and Young British Performer of the Year from the London Film Critics Circle. He won seven awards for his role. Tom played the boyfriend in the short film Moments in 2013. He voiced the character of Eddie in Locke, starring Tom Hardy, that same year. He played the role of Isaac, opposite Saoirse Ronan in How I Live Now, a film about an American girl being sent to England while a war develops around her. He was a part of the television mini-series Wolf Hall as Gregory Cromwell, also starring Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis, in 2015. Tom starred and directed his first short film Tweet, a story about a young boy visiting his grandfather and build a birdhouse, which was a short he created with his family. He played Thomas Nickerson in In the Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth and Cillian Murphy, later that year.
Tom joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016, introducing the world to his portrayal of Peter Parker / Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. He also was a part of the film Edge of Winter as Bradley Baker that year, also starring Joel Kinnaman and Rachelle Lefevre. Tom played Jack Fawcett in The Lost City of Z opposite Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson. In 2017, he played Brother Diarmuid (The Novice) in the film Pilgrimage before the release of his first standalone MCU film Spider-Man: Homecoming, which would go on to gross almost $900 million at the box office worldwide. To commemorate his role in the MCU, Tom decided to get the Spider-Man symbol tattooed on the bottom of his foot. Tom played the role of Samuel Insull in the film The Current War: Director’s Cut, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon. He won the EE Rising Star BAFTA the same year.
In 2018 and 2019, Tom reprised his role as Peter Parker in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the latter of which would go on to become the highest-grossing film of all time. He filmed the short Science Fair prior to the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home (and its extended re-release which included the Peter’s To-Do List short spliced into the film). Tom then voiced Walter in Spies in Disguise.
Tom voiced Dr. Dolittle’s dog Jip in the 2020 film Dolittle, starring Robert Downey, Jr. In the spring, he would voice the character of Ian Lightfoot in Disney and Pixar’s Onward with Chris Pratt. The film The Devil All the Time, in which Tom plays Arvin Russell, was released later in 2020.
Tom’s current slate of releases for 2021 are Cherry, a film about an Army medic who’s suffering from PTSD becomings a serial bank robber, where Tom plays Nico Walker; Chaos Walking, where Tom stars as Todd Hewitt alongside Daisy Ridley and Nick Jonas; Uncharted, based off the video game, where he will be playing the role of Nathan Drake; as well as the third Spider-Man film in December 2021.
The Brothers Trust was set up in 2017 by Nikki and Dom Holland. Tom Holland is the focal point of the charity and its fund raising efforts, but he is ably supported by his younger brothers – Sam, Harry and Paddy. Using Tom’s reach and popularity, the trust intends to run a number of events each year and the funds raised then being granted to charities who we support. The trust is keen to shine a light on charities who struggle to be heard in the noisy and competitive not-for-profit sector – and charities who can best demonstrate the most effective use of funds to profit the people in need and not on bloated administration. Official Website
In addition to his work as part of The Brothers Trust, Tom also supports and contributes to the following charities…
The Lunchbowl Network established in 2006 to feed very needy children in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. It now funds a hot meal for 450 orphaned children who are particularly vulnerable. The charity has funded and opened 2 Angel Kindergarten’s to provide food and education for over 200 vulnerable children.
DEBRA and #FightEB is the national charity that supports individuals and families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). EB is a group of genetic skin conditions which cause the skin to blister and tear at the slightest touch. Those born with EB have skin so fragile they are called ‘butterfly children’. Their mission is to find a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).
The Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic is a free clinic outside of Detroit to help provide healthcare for people who can’t afford it. It was started by Dr.Gary Burnstein who after his work as a cardiologist started providing care for patients at a homeless shelter in Pontiac, Michigan. Dr. Burnstein passed away in 2003, but friends, family, and community members honored his dream of providing care to the uninsured by establishing the Dr. Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic.
Momentum supports children and their families with cancer and life-challenging conditions. Their work is in South West London, Surrey and Sussex. They believe no family should have to cope alone and we’re there and are there to support at every step.
The John Foundation is a based in Hyderabad in India. Their mission is to rescue vulnerable orphaned children and young girls from being trafficked through a sense of worth & provide them with the education/employable skills required to lift them up to a position where they can support themselves
Alex’s Wish is a charity set-up to eradicate Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, an aggressive form of Muscular Dystrophy that affects 1 in every 3,500 boys born. Every single muscle is destroyed due to a lack of protein. It also affects the heart and lungs as these are muscles too. Alex’s Wish was set-up by Emma and Andy Hallam (parents to Alex) in late 2012 to help raise vital funds to help bring about new treatments and ultimately a cure for this devastating condition.
Storybook Dads enables families to reconnect through the magic of storytelling. Every year in the UK, 200,000 children experience the imprisonment of a parent. They help parents in prison to record bedtime stories and messages for their children on CD or DVD.
The Empowerment Plan is a Detroit based charity who train and employ single parents from local shelters to make waterproof coats that can transform into sleeping bags at night or an over the shoulder bag when not in use. They are employed. And they are empowered. More than 550,000 people experience homelessness in the United States.
A Band of Brothers (ABOB) work with young men aged 18-25 involved in the criminal justice system, providing them with the support they need to make the transition to an adulthood free of crime, and full of connection, purpose and meaning.
Tearfund is a Christian charity working in close partnerships with churches and Christian organisations in over 50 countries across the world. Ethically and efficiently run, 80 pence out of each pound is spent on life changing work with the world’s poorest.
JavaJoy are a company that have mobile coffee carts employing disabled adults. Their vision is to empower people of all abilities and become the largest employer and best place to work in the U.S for adults with disabilities. You all know how much Tom likes his coffee! A win win all round. We are hoping to have a JavaJoy cart on set for the next Spider-Man film.
Kares 4 Kids is a non-profit 501C3 organisation based in Atlanta, Georgia that helps at-risk children in the communities where they live and work. We granted $10,050 to purchase $75 gift cards for “forgotten teenagers at Christmas.” These were for children who are at risk, under privileged and some who are homeless.
Artists for Africa enhances the lives of children living in the most impoverished areas of Africa through arts programs and educational opportunities. Their vision is that the children they serve will be nurtured on their journeys into adulthood, through the opportunities they receive, to become global citizens who promote and foster positive change in their communities in support of others.
Hope for Southall Street Homeless is a night shelter in Southall in the UK, that opened up on January 2016 and has opened every evening ever since. It provides for 14 rough sleepers who have been found and verified by the Ealing Street and Community Outreach Team. It is run by HSSH.
I think the important thing is to just take in one step at a time. I think if you rush into fame, then that’s where it can be really affecting, and if you take it for granted it can be really affecting.
Civil War will be a brilliant movie, a huge movie and I’ll have the support of the success of that movie so that I can go on to my own.
I’m taking every day as it comes and there’s very little preparation that you can do apart from making sure you remain grounded and keep the people that are close to you close and my main goal at the moment is to make sure my work doesn’t fall below a certain calibre.
When Ron Howard rings you up and says “I’d like you to do my film”, you do it. I mean, he’s Ron Howard. But for me, I was very interested in Thomas Nickerson and very interested to learn about what it is these men went through. I just knew it was going to be an amazing adventure, I knew it was something I was gonna be very proud of and I knew it was gonna be a challenge. I personally think if something’s not a challenge there’s no point doing it because you’re not gonna learn much. I knew this film was gonna teach me a lot.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Spider-Man and growing up, I had countless Spider-Man costumes. Only two years ago did I go to a fancy dress party dressed as Spider-Man. I had this awesome morph suit where you can put your phone on your chest and spiders would crawl across the costume, it was awesome! He’s always been a big part of my life and a big part of a lot of boys’ lives, because everyone can kind of relate to him.
At the moment, I’m sort of developing some of my own little short film ideas, and trying to get into the directing side of things, just as an interest really, to see what it’s like.
The way Ron likes to work is that he likes to create an environment that is authentic, and he likes to create an environment where the actors are comfortable so that they can explore new ways of performing.
Tom’s father Dominic wrote the blog Eclipsed, a weekly renewed semi-autobiographical sequential story narrating how a “somewhat famous comedian is being outshone by his more illustrious son,” from March 2011 until December 2012.
In 2012, Tom was featured in Screen International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow and in Variety’s Youth Impact Report.
Tom’s favourite film is Saving Private Ryan.
His paternal grandfather, John Charles Anthony Holland, was from the Isle of Man, and his paternal grandmother, Teresa Quigley, was from Ireland. On his mother’s side, Tom is the grandson of Robert Walter Frost and Christina Winifred Berry.
He is the first actor to portray a film incarnation of Peter Parker/Spider-Man who was also a teenager at the time of casting.
Though he is the second British actor to play Peter Parker / Spider-Man, he is the first to be born outside of the United States.
He can perform back, side and front flips.
Like his predecessor Andrew Garfield, he was a huge fan of Spider-Man before he played the role and said that playing the role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a dream come true for him.
Tom broke his nose on the last day of filming The Lost City of Z.
Tom broke his nose for the second time during the first week of filming Chaos Walking after getting punched in the face by a stuntman.
Tom beat out Timothée Chalamet, Charlie Plummer, Judah Lewis, Matt Lintz and Charlie Rowe for the role of Spider-Man.
Tom was offered the role of Miles Miller in the film Bad Times at the El Royale, but turned it down.
Tom was originally cast as Seaplane McDonough / Alex in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, but had to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Nick Jonas would replace him in the role.
Despite his role as Spider-Man, and subsequently having a spider tattoo on his foot, Tom has a fear of spiders in real life.