Talented actor-dancer Tom Holland rose from relative obscurity to acclaim in both the theater and film worlds with bravura performances in "Billy Elliot the Musical" and "The Impossible" (2012), both of which minted him as a young actor on the rise. He was discovered in a London hip-hop dance class by choreographers for "Billy Elliot," which led to intensive training and a supporting role in the musical before he took on the title role in 2008. He received stellar reviews for his turn in the show, which then led to his casting as a brave son aiding his mother (Naomi Watts) in finding his father (Ewan McGregor) and brothers in the wake of the 2004 Asian tsunami in "The Impossible." Critical response was again overwhelmingly in favor of Holland, who was soon mentioned in critical circles as a serious contender for the Best Actor Oscar. Holland soon graduated to starring roles in other features, underscoring his status as a star in the making in two distinctly different mediums.