He may be only 20 years of age, but this London-born actor is already climbing up the ranks (no pun intended) and is on his way to becoming the next Hollywood A-Lister.
Tom Holland, best known in recent years as the latest incarnation of Marvel Comics’ Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man, won the prestigious EE Rising Star Award at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAS) last Sunday (February 12th). The award, previously won by now well-known and incredibly talented actors such as James McAvoy, Eva Green and John Boyega, is the only award at the BAFTAS that is voted for by the British public and not by the Academy itself.
The actor and dancer first came to the public’s attention in 2008 when he starred and danced in his West End debut of Billy Elliot the Musical as Michael, Billy’s best friend. He then returned to the show in 2010 as the show’s lead performer as Billy Elliot for its fifth-anniversary show.
Holland’s first taste for film acting came when he starred in his first film The Impossible in 2012 alongside actors Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. He rose to fame through this movie as his acting portrayal of a teenage boy caught up in the tragic 2004 Indian Ocean Boxing Day Earthquake tug on the heartstrings of many of the viewers and critics alike. Since then he has become one of Marvel’s newest additions to the Avengers roster as he was cast and debuted as Spider-Man in last year’s superhero summer blockbuster Captain America: Civil War which has an star-studded cast of the usual suspects Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson as well as some new and returning faces, introducing Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and welcoming back William Hurt as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross.
Tom Holland’s future in the film industry is looking extremely bright for him right now, and I hope that his luck keeps coming to him as he grows and evolves his acting style in the years to come.
Watch here to see his acceptance speech.