Nicholas Hoult
Birth Date:
December 7, 1989
Birth Place:
Wokingham, Berkshire, England, UK
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About a Boy


“Hugh was brilliant. He helped me a lot by giving me ideas and teaching me something new every day. He really helped me get into my role. He's my idol now, him and Jim Carrey. I'd like to work with him one day,” Nicholas Hoult (on working with his “About a Boy” costar Huge Grant).

British actor Nicholas Hoult first gained recognition for his portrayal of Marcus Brewer in the Academy Award nominated drama “About a Boy” (2002), opposite Huge Grant, Toni Collette and Rachel Weisz. The role brought him a Phoenix Film Critics Society Award and nominations at the Young Artist Awards and Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards. Making his film debut in “Intimate Relations” (1996), Hoult continued to work primarily on television until the success of “About a Boy.” He has since appeared in “Wah-Wah” (2005), “The Weather Man” (2005), “A Single Man” (2009) and the box office hit “Clash of the Titans” (2010). During 2007-2008, he starred as Tony Stonem on the E4 television series “Skins.”

Hoult is scheduled to appear in the films “X-Men: First Class” (2011) and “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2012).

Choir Boy

Childhood and Family:

Nicholas Caradoc Hoult was born on December 7, 1989, in Wokingham, Berkshire, England, to a pilot, Roger Hoult, and a piano teaching mother, Glenis. He has one brother named James (born 1977) and two sisters, Rosie (born 1984) and Clarista (born 1992). He is the great nephew of actress Dame Anna Neagle. Nick attended the prestigious stage school Sylvia Young Theatre School in London, but quit to attend the Ranelagh Church of England School in Bracknell, Berkshire. He left the school in year 12 to concentrate on his acting career. In September 2006, Nick entered the Farnborough Sixth Form College in Hampshire.

Nicholas was a choir boy and use to play the trombone. He enjoys playing basketball.

Clash of the Titans


When he was three years old, Nicholas Hoult went to a play with his mother. The director noticed him in the audience and said he should give acting a try. Hoult later trained at London's Sylvia Young Stage School and made his professional debut at age 7 in the British movie “Intimate Relations” (1996), which was written and directed by Philip Goodhew and starred Julie Walters, Rupert Graves and Laura Sadler. In the movie, he played Bobby. He went on to land guest roles in the series “Casualty” (also 1996), and “Ruth Rendell Mysteries” (1999), and portray John in the TV film “Mr. White Goes to Westminster” (1997).

Entering the new millennium, Hoult could be seen in such television series as “The Bill” (1 episode, 2000), “Magic Grandad” (3 episodes, 2001), “Holby City” (1 episode, 2001), “Doctors” (1 episode, 2001), “Waking the Dead” (2 episodes, 2001), “World of Pub” (1 episode, 2001), “Murder in Mind” (1 episode, 2002) and “Judge John Deed” (1 episode, 2002). His breakthrough arrived when he won the role of a boy named Marcus in the 2002 film “About a Boy,” which was directed by the Weitz brothers, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Peter Hedges. An adaptation of Nick Hornby's book of the same name, the drama earned primarily favorable reviews from critics and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Delivering a good performance, Hoult received the Phoenix Film Critics Society Award in the category of Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role - Male, a Critics Choice nomination for Best Young Actor/Actress at the 2003 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards and a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor. Costars of the film included Golden Globe winner Huge Grant, Oscar nominee Toni Collette and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, who played Will, Fiona and Rachel, respectively.

After the success of “About a Boy,” Hoult was cast in the lead role of Bradley Fisher in the family comedy series “Star,” which debuted in the U.K. on September 18, 2003. The next year, he appeared as Edward Mills in an episode of Fox's “Keen Eddie” called “Who Wants to Be in a Club That Would Have Me as a Member?” In 2005, Hoult returned to the big screen when he starred as Ralph Compton (aged 14) in the drama “Wah-Wah,” penned and directed by British actor Richard E. Grant and loosely based on his childhood. The film opened at the Edinburgh Film Festival on August 17, 2005, and was shown at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2006 Palm Springs International Film Festival, the 2006 Portland International Film Festival, the 2006 Newport Beach International Film Festival and The 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, among other festivals, before receiving a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on May 6, 2006. The film received a British Independent Film nomination for Best Actress (Emily Watson), an IFTA Award nomination for Best Actor in a Feature Film (Gabriel Byrne) and the 2007 Prism Award nomination for Feature Film - Limited Release. Still in 2005, Hoult was also cast as Mike, the oldest child of Nicolas Cage and Hope Davis, in Gore Verbinski's “The Weather Man.” The film received mixed reviews from critics and was a box office flop. Hoult then worked with Aml Ameen, Red Madrell, Adam Deacon, Jaime Winstone, Femi Oyeniran and Madeleine Fairley in the British dramatic film “Kidulthood” (2006, directed by Menhaj Huda) and starred as David Phillips, opposite Tommy Jessop as Ben Phillips, in the made for TV film “Coming Down the Mountain” (BBC, 2007).

From 2007 to 2008, Hoult starred as Tony Stonem in the first and second season of the British teen drama “Skins,” created by Jamie Brittain and Bryan Elsley. In 2008, the actor played Stefan Fredman on the first episode of the British crime series “Wallander” called “Sidetracked,” which aired on November 10. The series, adapted from the Swedish novelist Henning Mankell's “Kurt Wallander” novels, starred Kenneth Branagh.

In 2009, Hoult starred with Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Matthew Goode in the American big screen adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's 1964 novel “A Single Man.” The drama, directed by Tom Ford, premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 11, 2009, and was shown at various festivals before receiving a limited release. Firth was nominated for a 2010 Oscar for his performance as college professor George Falconer. In the movie, Hoult played Falconer's student Kenny Potter. Also in 2009, Hoult made his stage debut at London's Trafalgar Studios in “New Boy.”

Recently, in 2010, Hoult played Eusebios, one of Draco's men, in the action film “Clash of the Titans,” a remake of the 1981 film of the same name. The film, helmed by Louis Leterrier and starring Sam Worthington as Perseus, has made around $163,214,888 domestically and $330,000,000 overseas as of September 2010. Hoult was nominated for the Rising Star Award at the 2010 BAFTA Awards.

Hoult will portray Hank McCoy/Beast on the “X-Men” spin-off “X-Men: First Class” (2011), directed by Matthew Vaughn. Costars will include James McAvoy, January Jones, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon and Jason Flemyng. He is also set to play Nux in the upcoming action film “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2012), directed by George Miller.


  • Phoenix Film Critics Society (PFCS): Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role - Male, “About a Boy,” 2003

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