And then, in a film released in December of 2015, Tom played young Thomas Nickerson, the cabin boy in In The Heart of the Sea — an adventure-drama based on a 2000 non-fiction book by Nathaniel Philbrick about the sinking of an American whaling ship, the Essex, in 1820, which inspired the novel Moby Dick. 2014 –  In April 2014, Tom played Eddie in Locke, which is about a family man and construction manager who gets a phone call that threatens his carefully set up life. With his selection, he became the first actor to play Peter Parker in Spider-Man who was actually a teenager at the time of casting. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. [13] In his late teens, during a lull in his career, Holland briefly attended carpentry school in Cardiff, Wales. Tom also received a number of nominations in December for The Impossible to include: for the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Best Young Actor category; for Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Performer category; for the 27th Goya Awards in Best New Actor category; for D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Youth Performance category; for London Film Critics Circle Awards Young British Performer of the Year category. This performance earned Holland a Guinness Book of World Records title as the youngest actor to play a title role in the MCU.[42]. While the young British actor has starred in Hollywood blockbuster The Impossible, he will now be truly plunged into the Hollywood spotlight in the film which is slated for a July 2017 release. On 8 March 2010, to mark the fifth anniversary of Billy Elliot the Musical, four current Billy Elliots, including Holland, were invited to 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. Directed by Stephen Daldry, Brett Sullivan. One newspaper reporter found that out first hand when, during an interview, she asked Tom where his talent comes from. Eight auditions and two years later he was finally offered a role in the show. 2015 –  In January of 2015, Tom played Gregory Cromwell in the BBC TV series Wolf Hall, based on the bestselling book by Hilary Mantel “documenting the rapid rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII to the death of Sir Thomas More.”. [21][22] Holland was chosen to be a lead at the fifth-anniversary show on 31 March 2010. And then came the event which has been the most important of his performance career to date. A graduate of the BRIT School in London, he began his acting career on stage in the title role of Billy Elliot the Musical in London's West End from 2008 to 2010. [10][18], In September 2008, Holland (together with co-star Tanner Pflueger) appeared on the news programme on channel FIVE and gave his first TV interview. In one, Tom talks about what it’s like to play Billy: He was considered a “street/acro” Billy because most of his choreography in the show demonstrated that style of dance. A listing of all cast members of past and current productions of Billy Elliot The Musical. [45] Holland next starred in The Devil All the Time, a psychological thriller film set post-World War II, alongside his Avengers co-star Sebastian Stan. There will be a film by the same name which has been described as a prequel to the games. Viewers may also recognise him as Locke in BBC Two's Wolf Hall. 2017 –  In 2017 Tom starred as Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming, portraying the webslinger for the first time in a full-length stand alone Spider-Man film. Director Jon Watts, who is behind upcoming indie thriller Cop Car, will direct the film. 2015–present: Worldwide recognition as Spider-Man, London Film Critics Circle Award for Young British Performer of the Year, The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance, untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel, Washington D.C. 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