Thomas Anthony "Tom" Hollander (born 25 August 1967) is an English actor who has appeared in the films Enigma, Gosford Park, Cambridge Spies, Pride and Prejudice, Pirates of the Caribbean, In the Loop, Valkyrie and Hanna.
Tom Hollander was born in Bristol, Gloucestershire and brought up in Oxford, the son of teachers. His father is descended from Czech Jews who converted to Catholicism, and his mother is of English background. He attended the Dragon School and then Abingdon School where he was chief chorister.
As a youngster, Hollander was a member of the National Youth Theatre and the National Youth Music Theatre (then known as the Children's Music Theatre). In 1981, at fourteen years of age, he was awarded the lead role in a BBC dramatisation of Leon Garfield's John Diamond. He read English at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He was actively involved in stage productions as a member of the Footlights and president of the Marlowe Society. Friend and fellow student Sam Mendes directed him in several plays while they were at Cambridge, including a critically acclaimed production of Cyrano de Bergerac (which also featured future Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg). After finishing university and failing to secure a place at a drama school, he found work in theatre nevertheless.