Sunday 13 October 2019

Who is Tom Holland? 10 things you didn't know about the new Spider-Man

Tom Holland has been cast as Peter Parker, or Spider-Man
Tom Holland has been cast as Peter Parker, or Spider-Man
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

He has just been cast in an iconic comic book role by Marvel and Sony but who is Tom Holland?

The 19 year old British actor will portray Peter Parker (who is back in high school) in the next instalment in the $4bn Spider-Man franchise which is slated for releases in July 2017.

(1) You already know him...

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Tom Holland and Naomi Watts in The Impossible

... if you've seen Tsunami disaster drama The Impossible, also starring Naomi Watts.  Tom played her eldest son Lucas. 

(2) He made his first film appearance five years ago...

... in Arietty, although it was voice work.

(3) He's best known for musical theatre

He played the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London.

(4) Sony Pictures boss Tom Rothman is a big fan

He said: "For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”

(5) He played Gregory Cromwell in the excellent BBC series Wolf Hall

(6) He starred opposite Saoirse Ronan...

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Tom Holland and Saoirse Ronan in How I Live Now

... in Kevin McDonald's 2013 film, How I Live Now.

(7) He will next star in In the Heart of the Sea

He will play a young Thomas Nickerson opposite Chris Hemsworth, Brendan Gleeson, and Cillian Murphy in Ron Howard's film about a whaling ship in the 1820s which was preyed on by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days.

(8) You may see him in Captain America: Civil War...

...where he'll be introduced to the Marvel Universe.

(9) He's Irish (kinda)

He was born in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, to Nicola Elizabeth (Frost), a photographer, and Dominic Holland, a comedian and author. His paternal grandparents were from the Isle of Man and Ireland, respectively.

(10) He has three younger brothers...

...Paddy and twins Sam and Harry.

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