Thomas Stanley Holland (born 1 June 1996) is an English actor. His accolades include a British Academy Film Award, three Saturn Awards, a Guinness World Record and an appearance on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list. Some publications have called him one of the most popular actors of his generation. Holland's career began at age nine when he enrolled in a dancing class, where a choreographer noticed him and arranged for him to audition for a role in Billy Elliot the Musical at London's Victoria Palace Theatre. After two years of training, he secured a supporting part in 2008 and was upgraded to the title role that year, which he played until 2010. Holland made his film debut in the disaster drama The Impossible (2012) as a teenage tourist trapped in a tsunami, for which he received a London Film Critics Circle Award for Young British Performer of the Year. After this, Holland decided to pursue acting as a full-time career, appearing in How I Live Now (2013) and playing historical figures in the film In the Heart of the Sea (2015) and the miniseries Wolf Hall. “Well, it’s called a bottom mark, isn’t it? And the bottom mark is to basically — it’s a thing that they do in stunts that is basically designed to stop you shattering your kneecaps,” he said.
“So Zendaya would land — and I’m the superhero. I’m supposed to look cool — she would land and then I would sort of land like this and my feet would swing from underneath me and then she would catch me like this,” he said, illustrating his not-so heroic landing. “And they’d be like, ‘Cut!'”