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Tom Hollander's Biography

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Who is Tom Hollander?

Tom Hollander was born on 25 August 1967. His father, who is a Czech Jew, and his mother, who is an English Christian, were both teachers.

He was raised in Oxford, and then studied English at Cambridge and gained a 2.2.

His sister Julia, who started at Cambridge University before Tom, went on to direct opera.

Tom Hollander acted at Cambridge including taking the lead in Cyrano de Bergerac directed by Sam Mendes.

Acting Career

After college, he gained further stage credits including his role as Witwoud in The Way of the World at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, for which he was awarded the Ian Charleson Award in 1992.

Tom Hollander is probably best known for playing two widely contrasting parts; on the one hand playing the devious Lord Cutler Beckett in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest; and on the other hand playing the well-meaning Anglican vicar Adam Smallbone in Rev, which he also co-created with James Wood.

His other film credits include: Mission: Impossible – Rouge Nation, The Riot Club, The Invisible Woman, About Time, The Soloist, In the Loop, Gosford Park, Enigma and Pride & Prejudice. He won the Evening Standard Film Awards Comedy Award and the London Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Award for his role as Mr Collins in Pride & Prejudice.

Apart from Rev, his TV credits include: The Thick of It, A Poet in New York, Any Human Heart, John Adams, Freezing, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, and Cambridge Spies.

In 2016, he was cast as Lance Corkoran in the BBC's The Night Manager, for which he won a Bafta in 2017 for best supporting actor.

In the same year, Hollander was also cast in the title role of the ITV drama series Doctor Thorne.

In 2018, Tom Hollander was cast in the BBC One drama Baptiste.

On 17 July 2019, the BBC announced that Tom Hollander had been cast as Douglas Petersen in Us, a new four part BBC One drama.

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