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Thomas Stanley Holland (born June 1, 1996) is an English actor.

After launching his acting career in the West End production of Billy Elliot the Musical as its title character, he proceeded to take roles in films like The Impossible, Locke, and How I Live Now.

He also provided his voice for the UK dub of Arrietty.

In 2015, Marvel Studios and Sony announced that he won the coveted role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe following the deal between Sony and Marvel Studios to share the character's rights. He first showed up in 2016's Captain America: Civil War and quickly won over audiences before spinning-off into his own solo film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, in 2017. He reprised his role in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War. 2019 was (thus far) his biggest year yet as the character, between a return in Avengers: Endgame and the lead of Spider-Man: Far From Home, a standalone sequel to Homecoming. Holland is expected to appear in a third standalone film, slated to release in 2021, alongside an appearance in an unknown Marvel Studios movie afterwards. Meanwhile, he is also expected to appear in Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters for an unspecified number of appearances as Spider-Man.


Disney CEO Bob Iger credits Tom with giving him the push necessary to continue negotiations with Sony to keep Spider-Man in the MCU.

Coming off his success as Spider-Man, Holland was then cast as a young Nathan Drake in the long-gestating film adaptation of the Uncharted video game series, that currently doesn’t have a release date.

Not to be confused with the American horror-movie director of the same name who directed Fright Night, Child's Play and The Langoliers. Nor Tom Hollander.


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Tropes Related to Tom Holland's Career:

  • Acting in the Dark: His tendency to spoil his movies has led to Marvel Studios taking every possible precaution to prevent him from even knowing what he's filming. Famously, he believed he was filming a wedding scene when in actuality it was a funeral for Avengers: Endgame. It's gotten to the point of Adam Westing as Holland often jokes about how Peter Parker's confusion is Enforced Method Acting on his part.
  • Adorkable: The characters he portrays tend to be this. Also, his real-life persona.
  • The Cast Show Off: Those backflips that Spider-Man does? All Holland, who has had training in gymnastics and dancing. He was on the West End as the titular character in Billy Elliot.
  • Fake American: British, yet his biggest role to date has him playing the New York born-and-bred Peter Parker. He even joked about how the first Spider-Man movie's title was "Homecoming" but was a thousand miles from where he lived, but the second move was "Far From Home" and they did filming for scenes in London right down the street from his parents' home.
  • Meme Acknowledgement: "I am a walking meme."
  • Nice Guy: Runs a charity with his family that helps highlight lesser-known charities, goes to Hospitals dressed as his most iconic role of Spider-Man to help cheer up kids who are sick, once found an injured dog and took it to the vet, saved a girl who was suffering a panic attack from being accidentally crushed by fans at a movie premiere... need I say more?
  • Older Than They Look: At age 19, he was cast as but convincingly plays teen-aged Peter Parker which makes it an unusually valid Dawson Casting example. There were actually quite a few complaints that he was too young to play Nathan Drake despite being a valid age (he was cast at around age 22) for the character.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Holland watched several Marvel Cinematic Universe movies as a teenager, and he jumped at the opportunity to play Spider-Man when it was presented to him.
    • Not only was an MCU fanboy, but he loved Spider-Man as a kid, growing up with multiple cartoons, games and even the pre-MCU movies.
  • Throw It In!: He's claimed that a lot of scenes with him and Robert Downey Jr. have heavy improvisation. These unscripted moments also cross into Enforced Method Acting as Holland's obvious nervousness around Downey's presence works to match Peter Parker's adorkableness (see above) and eagerness to impress Tony Stark, with a particular highlight being Holland momentarily forgetting his blocking (the positions an actor takes in filming) and Downey remaining in character as he tells him to move.


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