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.