Tom Holland: Who is the new Spider-Man?

Tom Holland
Image caption Tom's won awards already.

He's just bagged one of the most coveted roles in the film industry as Spider-Man, but many people haven't heard of Tom Holland.

Sony and Marvel made the announcement on the Marvel website..

So who exactly is this British actor?

Here's a quick CV.

Tom Holland, Robert De Niro and Hugh Jackman
Image caption Tom Holland and movie friends Robert De Niro and Hugh Jackman
Tom Holland
Image caption Tom needs to get used to this type of attention

Name:

Thomas Stanley Holland.

Place of birth:

Kingston-upon-Thames, London, in 1996.

Stuff you'd know him from:

Tom Holland (far right)

Wolf Hall

He played Gregory Cromwell in the BBC's adaptation of Hilary Mantel's best selling novel.

Locke

To be fair this film was largely about Tom Hardy's character but Tom Holland's voice was used for the character Eddie.

Tom Holland

Billy Elliot Live

Tom played Billy Elliot on stage in the West End musical by Elton John and Lee Hall. He was cast in this role because he reminded producer and director Stephen Daldry of Jamie Bell, who played Billy in the film in 2000.

Eight auditions and two years of training later, Tom made his Billy Elliot stage debut in 2008.

The Impossible

Naomi Watts, Tom Holland (l), Ewan McGregor and Maria Belon
Image caption Tom with the rest of The Impossible cast at the LA premiere

Tom got the starring role in this movie alongside Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. The Impossible was based on a true story that took place during the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.

He won the Hollywood Spotlight Award, as well as the National Board of Review's award in the breakthrough actor category because of it.

Random things

Tom Holland
Image caption Tom with some excited fans at the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards gala

Tom's favourite film is Saving Private Ryan.

He went to the Brit School, famous for churning out stars like Adele, Jessie J and Rizzle Kicks.

He lives with his parents and three younger brothers who are Paddy and twins Sam and Harry.

Tom's a big fan of hip hop and did lessons at Nifty Feet Dance School in Wimbledon, London. Thanks to that, he was picked to play Billy Elliot.

He likes to do acrobatic type moves, film them and post them on his Instagram page.

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