Friday, 26 May 2017

Birthday's to share this week : 28th May - 3rd June 2017

Do you celebrate your Birthday this week?

Tom Holland does on 1st June - check out my tribute to this Birthday Lad turning 21, at the end of this feature.

Do you also share your birthday with a well known, highly regarded & famous Actor or Actress; share your special day with a Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Singer/Songwriter or Composer of repute; or share an interest in whoever might notch up another year in the coming seven days? Then, look no further! Whilst there will be too many to mention in this small but not insignificant and beautifully written and presented Blog, here are the more notable and noteworthy icons of the big screen, and the small screen, that you will recognise, and that you might just share your birthday with in the week ahead. If so, Happy Birthday to you from Odeon Online!

Sunday 28th May
  • Sondra Locke - Born 1944, turns 73 - Actress | Director | Producer
  • Kylie Minogue - Born 1968, turns 49 - Singer | Songwriter | Composer | Writer | Producer | Actress | Director
  • Carey Mulligan - Born 1985, turns 32 - Actress  
Monday 29th May
  • Annette Benning - Born 1958, turns 59 - Actress 
  • Lorelei Linklater - Born 1994, turns 23 - Actress 
  • Danny Elfman - Born 1953, turns 64 - Composer | Songwriter | Musician | Actor 
  • Rupert Everett - Born 1959, turns 58 - Actor | Producer | Writer | Director | Singer  
Tuesday 30th May
  • Harry Enfield - Born 1961, turns 56 - Actor | Writer | Producer | Director
  • Duncan Jones - Born 1971, turns 46 - Director | Writer | Producer
  • Joachim Ronning - Born 1972, turns 45 - Director | Writer | Producer  
Wednesday 31st May
  • Clint Eastwood - Born 1930, turns 87 - Actor | Director | Producer | Composer | Songwriter | Singer
  • Tom Berenger - Born 1949, turns 68 - Actor | Producer | Writer
  • Colin Farrell - Born 1976, turns 41 - Actor | Producer | Singer
  • Brooke Shields - Born 1965, turns 52 - Actress | Producer  
Thursday 1st June
  • Heidi Klum - Born 1973, turns 44 - Actress | Producer | Writer
  • Sarah Wayne Callies - Born 1977, turns 40 - Actress | 
  • Amy Schumer - Born 1981, turns 36 - Actress | Writer | Producer | Director  
  • Morgan Freeman - Born 1937, turns 80 - Actor | Producer | Singer | Director
  • Robert Powell - Born 1944, turns 73 - Actor
  • Brian Cox - Born 1946, turns 71 - Actor | Producer
  • Jonathan Pryce - Born 1947, turns 70 - Actor | Singer
  • Tom Holland - Born 1996, turns 21 - Actor | Director
  • Ed Oxenbould - Born 2001, turns 16 - Actor
Friday 2nd June
  • Stacy Keach - Born 1941, turns 76 - Actor | Producer | Director | Writer
  • Lasse Hallstrom - Born 1946, turns 71 - Director | Writer | Producer
  • Dennis Haysbert - Born 1954, turns 63 - Actor | Producer  
  • Liam Cunningham - Born 1961, turns 56 - Actor | Director | Producer
  • Wentworth Miller - Born 1972, turns 45 - Actor | Producer | Writer
  • Kevin Feige - Born 1973, turns 44 - Producer 
  • Zachary Quinto - Born 1977, turns 40 - Actor | Producer  
  • Dominic Cooper - Born 1978, turns 39 - Actor
  • Justin Long - Born 1978, turns 39 - Actor | Producer | Writer | Director 
Saturday 3rd June
  • James Purefoy - Born 1964, turns 53 - Actor
  • Imogen Poots - Born 1989, turns 28 - Actress
Thomas Stanley Holland was born in Kingston upon Thames, London, England to mother Nicola Elizabeth Frost, a photographer, and father Dominic Holland, a comedian, radio host, television personality, writer and author. Tom has three younger brothers - Sam and Harry, twins three years younger, and Patrick eight years his junior. Tom was educated at Donhead Preparatory School located in Wimbledon, and then Wimbledon College - a Jesuit Roman Catholic Secondary School for boys at Edge Hill, also in Wimbledon. In 2012 he attended the BRIT (British Record Industry Trust) School for Performing Arts and Technology at Selhurst, Croydon, London.

His performance career began with dance at a dance school in Wimbledon. His early potential was spotted by a choreographer visiting his dance school in 2006 as part of that years Richmond Dance Festival. After a series of auditions and two years of training in mid-2008 the young Holland made his West End debut in 'Billy Elliot, the Musical' playing the role of Michael, Billy's best mate, at the Victoria Palace Theatre. By September of that same year Holland was playing the lead character of Billy, to positive Reviews. In March 2010, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the stage musical, the current actors playing Billy in rotation, including Holland, were invited to 10, Downing Street to meet with the then British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. He finished his run in the show in late May that year.

2012 saw the release of his first feature film, but in voice only, and in the English dubbed version of the Studio Ghibli animated fantasy film 'Arrietty' with fellow voice Actors Saoirse Ronan, Olivia Coleman, Mark Strong, Geraldine McEwan and Phyllida Law. That same year he appeared in his first feature film 'The Impossible', Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor telling the story of the devastating tsunami that struck Thailand on Boxing Day 2004. Holland portrayed one of the three sons of the on-screen husband and wife team of Watts & McGregor. The film was critically lauded and picked up 27 award wins and 65 nominations including multiple award wins and nominations for Best Young Actor and Breakthrough Actor for Holland.

The following year Holland lent his voice talents to the role of Eddie in Steven Knight's Written and Directed 'Locke', with Tom Hardy as the only physical presence in the whole film behind the wheel of his car driving down a motorway in England on his way home. That same year saw dramatic romantic thriller 'How I Live Now' with Saoirse Ronan. 2015 brought the highly acclaimed period television drama series 'Wolf Hall' over six hour long episodes with Holland playing Gregory Cromwell to Mark Rylance's Thomas Cromwell, Damien Lewis as Henry VIII and Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn. Later that year came the Ron Howard's action adventure period piece inspired by the classic novel Moby Dick, 'In the Heart of the Sea' with Chris Hemsworth, Cilian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson and Benjamin Walker.

2016 saw what might be regarded as his breakout role, albeit for only a brief but not insignificant, appearance in 'Captain America : Civil War' as the latest incarnation of Spiderman (aka Peter Parker) alongside an all star cast that you'll know already. 2016 also saw drama thriller 'Edge of Winter' with Joel Kinnaman and then the yet to be released in Australia historical action adventure biopic 'The Lost City of Z' as Directed by James Gary and starring also Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller.

Due for release later this year is historically set 13th Century Irish drama adventure 'Pilgrimage' with Richard Armitage and Jon Bernthal and 'Spider-Man : Homecoming' due mid year this year also that sees Holland get his own stand alone movie as the web slinging young hero following on directly from the events that unfolded in 'Captain America : Civil War'

Currently in Post-Production is historical drama Bio-Pic about Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, 'The Current War' due early 2018 with Benedict Cumberbatch as Edison, Michael Shannon as Westinghouse, Nicholas Hoult as Nikola Tesla and Holland as business magnate Samuel Insull. Currently filming is 'Avengers : Infinity War' in which Holland reprises his role as Spider-Man, and in Pre-Production is the film adaptation of the 'Uncharted' video game series for Director Shawn Levy, and dystopian Sci-Fi adventure 'Chaos Walking' for Director Doug Liman and also starring Daisy Ridley. Recently announced for a 2019 release is a 'Spider-Man : Homecoming' sequel. 

All up Holland has nineteen acting credits to his name  and one as Director on his own three minute short film 'Tweet' featuring his family as the principal cast. So far Holland has garnered eleven award wins including the BAFTA Rising Star Award earlier this year, and another fourteen nominations all for his performances in 'The Impossible', 'Captain America : Civil War' and 'In the Heart of the Sea'.

Tom Holland - just turning 21, but already much achieved in your short film and television career, in demand, clearly on the rise and with the accolades to prove it, and seemingly with Hollywood at your feet. We'll keep watching as your further career and your big screen appearances unfold - we wish you well. Happy Birthday to you Tom, from Odeon Online.

-Steve, at Odeon Online-

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