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Nicholas Hoult          

British actor known for "About a Boy," "Skins" and "X-Men"

Nicholas Caradoc Hoult was born on 7 December 1989 in Wokingham, Berkshire. Hoult attended Ranelagh School and made his acting debut in the 1996 film 'Intimate Relations' at the age of just seven. He went on to make several TV appearances in shows such as 'Silent Witness', 'Holby City' and 'Waking The Dead'.

In 2002, Hoult came to the attention of the film world thanks to his lead role in 'About A Boy' with Hugh Grant. Based on Nick Hornby's bestselling novel, it tells the story of an immature grown man who is taught how to act his age by a little boy.

After this endearing role, Hoult continued to feature in TV shows, with the most notable being 'Skins' in 2007 and 2008 as he played one of the lead characters at a Bristol sixth-form college Tony Stonem.

This role showed a different side to the actor, who was remembered as a cute and innocent boy. This channel four show featured sex, drugs and rock n roll. He earned a nomination for Walkers Home Grown Talent Award for this part.

His Hollywood career started at the age of 19 in 2009 when he featured in the award-winning film 'A Single Man' with Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. This was followed by a part in 'The Clash Of The Titans' in 2010. In the same year, he was nominated for the Bafta Rising Star Award, which is the only one voted for by the public. He also tried his hand at modeling by becoming the face of Tom Ford's Eyewear Spring 2010 collection.

Hoult portrayed Hank McCoy, known as the Beast, in 'X-Men: First Class' in 2011. He also appeared in 'Mad Max: Fury Road' in 2012.

In 2012, Hoult was included in the Forbes 30 under 30 list.

His next projects included 'Warm Bodies' and the lead in 'Jack The Giant Killer' in 2013. In 2014, Hoult appeared in Jake Paltrow's science-fiction film 'Young Ones' and reprised his role as Hank McCoy in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.'

In 2015, Hoult appeared in three other releases- Gillian Flynn's mystery novel adaption 'Dark Places'; Owen Harris' dark comedy 'Kill Your Friends'; and 'Equals'. Hoult returned for the 2016 film 'X-Men: Apocalypse'.

Hoult starred in 'Collide' and 'Newness' in 2017 and also starred series of biographical and historical films; he portrayed American author J. D. Salinger in 'Rebel in the Rye', he co-starred with Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon in 'The Current War', and he starred as an American soldier in 'Sand Castle'.

In 2018, Hoult co-starred in the critically acclaimed period drama 'The Favourite'. He also appeared in the British-Irish-American animated television mini-series adaptation of Richard Adams' 1972 novel 'Watership Down'. In 2019, Hoult starred as author J. R. R. Tolkien in the biopic 'Tolkien'. He also reprised his role as Hank McCoy in the 'X-Men film Dark Phoenix', which was released in the same year. Hoult next starred as Peter III of Russia in the Hulu miniseries 'The Great', which premiered in May 2020.

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