Thomas Stanley “Tom” Holland is an English actor and dancer, best known for portraying Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Prior to this, he was known mostly for Billy Elliot the Musical as well as for starring in the Spanish disaster drama The Impossible in 2012.

Tom Holland early life and education

Holland was born on June 1, 1996, in Kingston-upon-Thames, London, to parents Nicola Elizabeth “Nikki” Frost and Dominic Holland. His mother is a photographer while his father is a comedian and author. He has three brothers; Sam, Harry, and Patrick. Sam and Harry, who are twins, are three years younger than Tom.

Holland attended Donhead Preparatory School in Wimbledon. He went on to study at the Wimbledon College and later joined The BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. 

Tom Holland before Spider-Man fame

A professional choreographer discovered Holland at the Richmond Dance Festival in 2006, where Holland performed with Nifty Feet Dance School. Two years later, Holland debuted on West End with the play, Billy Elliot the Musical. 

The success of the role led him to do interviews and appear on television shows. He retired the role in May 2010.

Tom Holland movies

Tom Holland holding his BAFTA Award in his hands

Holland made his film debut in 2011 in the British movie, Arrietty, as the voice of the lead character, Sho. He starred alongside Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor in Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible. The role brought him critical acclaim and awards such as Young British Performer of the Year at the London Film Critics Award.

He starred in two more films, How I Live Now, and In the Heart of the Sea, before landing his breakthrough role as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War in 2016. The film was the highest grossing of the year and brought Holland international recognition. 

Most recently, Holland starred alongside actor Charlie Hunnam in The Lost City of Z, which was released in April 2017.

Still from The Lost City of  Z, Tom Holland with mustache, Charlie Hunnam is behind Holland

Tom Holland made his breakthrough as Spider-Man

Holland has a six-picture contract with Marvel Studios. He will reprise his role of Spider-Man in the highly awaited movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, in 2017. He has also signed on to appear in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and an untitled sequel, to be released in 2018 and 2019 respectively. 

The actor will also star in the Homecoming sequel, to be released on July 5, 2019. His upcoming big budget movies will certainly add to his current net worth. 

Tom Holland dating history: Is he dating Zendaya?

Tom Holland (left) , rumored girlfriend Zendaya (right)

Until late 2016, Holland was in a relationship with childhood friend, Elle Lotherington. Presently, he is rumored to be dating singer and actress Zendaya. Holland and Zendaya are co-stars in Spider-Man: Homecoming.