Tom Holland took the world by storm when he picked up the role of Spider-Man and captured the crime-fighting character perfectly. Through two solo movies and a few appearances in the Avengers movies, Holland surpassed both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield and stands at the top as the perfect version of Peter Parker and Spider-Man.
However, there is a lot more to Tom Holland than just his role as the beloved Marvel superhero. With his recent performance in The Devil All the Time, Holland showed a range that proves he will be a top acting talent for a very long time. That should surprise no one who knows how Holland reached this point in his career.
10 How Old Is Tom Holland?
Tom Holland was born on June 1, 1996, making him 24 years old in 2020. It is a birthday that he shares with some huge names in Hollywood history. Others born on June 1 include comedian Andy Griffith, actress Marilyn Monroe, the legendary Morgan Freeman, and fellow English actor Edward Woodward. In the Spider-Man movies, Holland plays Peter Parker, a high school student, meaning he is now a good six years out of the age group from which his character still exists.
9 Where Was Tom Holland Born?
While it might seem surprising to people who have only seen Holland in the Spider-Man movies, and even more disturbing to those who watched him in The Devil All the Time, the young actor is not an American. Holland was born in Kingston upon Thames, London, to a novelist father and photographer mother. Holland is the oldest of four sons and knew from a young age that he wanted to be an entertainer.
8 What Did Tom Holland Study In School?
Holland's first foray into the world of entertainment was not acting in movies or even in stage plays. Holland wanted to be a dancer. Holland admitted that he was bullied in school for wanting to be a dancer, but humorously said he wouldn't let it stop him, mentioning that no one could hit him hard enough to make him stop. He attended Wimbledon College and even went on to study carpentry during a lull in his early career.
7 Tom Holland & Billy Elliot
Tom Holland wanted to be a dancer from a young age, and he got one of the most prominent roles a child could hope for. In 2006, Holland began to dance for the Nifty Feet Dance School in Wimbledon, and the choreographer noticed him at a dance festival that year.
He trained for two years and ended up in Billy Elliot the Musical as Billy's best friend, Michael. In 2008, he moved into the title role itself. He finally finished his run as the character in 2010.
6 What Was Tom Holland's Movie Debut?
Tom Holland made his feature film debut in 2012, and it was a massive moment for the young actor. At the age of 16, Holland starred in the J.A. Bayona movie The Impossible. This was a film about the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor in the true story of Maria Belon, a woman who almost died in the tsunami. Holland was the couple's son, picking up several nominations and a few key wins come award season.
5 Tom Holland And Dyslexia
In 2014, Holland's father, Dominic Holland, penned a blog post that revealed that Tom has dyslexia. According to his dad, they learned that Tom had dyslexia when he was seven, and they decided he needed to go to a private school to help him get the attention he deserved. While Dominic said it cost him a lot of money for this school, it paid off because that is how Tom got involved in dance and eventually made his way to Hollywood.
4 Does Tom Holland Have A Charity?
Tom Holland operates a charity along with his three younger brothers called The Brothers Trust. This is a UK Registered Charity that raises money for several charitable causes. According to the charity's official website, they support "charities who struggle to be heard."
Nikki and Dominik Holland set up the charity in 2017, and Tom Holland is the focal point of the charity due to his popularity. They run several events each year and donates the funds raised to charities in the not-for-profit sector.
3 Tom Holland In Spider-Man
In 2015, Tom Holland signed on to play Spider-Man. In an interview with People, Holland said that he dreamed of playing Spider-Man since he was a child, noting that he saw Spider-Man 2 when he was eight and used to have a Spider-Man 3 sheet set for his bed as a child.
He also named the first Amazing Spider-Man movie as the one he has seen the most, calling himself a fan of the film. Holland has now appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.
2 What Are Tom Holland's Favorite Movies?
While he has seen The Amazing Spider-Man more than any other movie, that was not what he listed as one of his favorite films of all-time. In a list that Holland wrote for Rotten Tomatoes, he named his five favorite movies. He named Primal Fear as his favorite film, pointing out Edward Norton's performance as one he would love to recreate. The other four movies on his list were Martin Scorsese's The Departed, James Cameron's Avatar, Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, and the 1992 classic My Cousin Vinny.
1 What Are Tom Holland's Career Goals?
Tom Holland reached the pinnacle of success commercially thanks to his role as Spider-Man, but he has bigger goals in mind and feels he is just getting started. In an interview with ShortList, Holland said that he would love to find more franchises that he could join. He also said he wanted some "meatier" roles, which he found in the Netflix movie The Devil All the Time, and eventually would love to move to the other side of the camera and start directing films.