All our #TeamHollander blog posts so far…



All posts published on this site at 2 July 2017, ordered thematically. The same list, ordered by date published, can be found at the bottom of the Sitemap.

1 Theatre (Travesties)

2 Television
(Taboo, A Poet in New York, poetry reading, Night Manager)

3 Film
(The Promise, Pride and Prejudice, Breathe)

4 Voice
(Radio plays and interviews)

5 Writing
(Spectator Diary and Times travel writer)

6 Misc

‘Breathe’ will open the 61st @BFI London Film Festival on Wed 4 October 2017


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MV5BMTg5OTcyODA1N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTQzNDY3MjI@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,675,1000_AL_Breathe is a new film which is based on the true story of Robin Cavendish and his devoted wife Diana (née Blacker), with Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy playing the leads. Robin Cavendish contracted polio in 1958 at the age of 28 and became paralysed, unable to breathe without support. Although some people in the 1950s and beyond made a good recovery from polio the disease has continued to devastate lives. Improvements in the polio vaccine (and also to its access and uptake) have eradicated or massively reduced the incidence of polio in many, but not all, countries. In 2013 the WHO indicated its hope that polio would be eradicated globally by 2018

Jonathan Cavendish (Robin and Diana’s son) is the producer and he runs The Imaginarium Studios with Andy Serkis, who directs the film. Tom Hollander plays Diana’s twin brothers Bloggs and David Blacker and Hugh Bonneville plays Teddy Hall who helped develop a wheelchair for Robin Cavendish.

The European premiere will be the Opening Night gala* of the 61st BFI London Film Festival, details below. This is a big exciting thing 🙂

• Date: Wednesday 4 October 2017
• Time: tbc
• Location: Odeon Leicester Square

“There will be a live cinecast of all the excitement from Leicester Square and simultaneous screenings taking place at cinemas across the UK” (Source: European premiere of Breathe to open the 61st BFI London Film Festival) and the film will be released into UK and Ireland cinemas on 27 October 2017. The film has also been pre-sold in more than 30 territories (Source: Toronto: Andrew Garfield Starrer ‘Breathe’ Goes to Bleecker Street, Participant).

*gala means that various cast (possibly Tom, don’t know yet) and crew will be in attendance and there’s a red carpet, but the public can usually buy tickets.

How to get tickets
The BFI usually releases its tickets in phases with tickets going on sale to members a short while before going on sale to the general public. Some performances at the Film Festival sell out before the public date is reached, particularly high profile ones (probably the opening and closing films for example!) so becoming a member of the BFI does marginally increase your chances, though note that there are grades of membership (from £40 to £1,500 per year) so a higher grade might pip you to the post! It’s also possible that tickets will also be offered as part of a competition and if Team Hollander hears anything we’ll share it on Twitter and Instagram.

Film connections
Jonathan Cavendish also worked on Elizabeth: The Golden Age (in which Tom played Sir Amyas Paulet) and on Jungle Book (to be released in 2018) also directed by Andy Serkis,  in which Tom plays Tabaqui, a hyena. Hugh Bonneville and Tom Hollander have appeared together in Piccadilly Jim, Freezing (Andrew Garfield joined them for one episode), Muppets Most Wanted and Rev., and Camilla Rutherford has appeared with Tom in Gosford Park and Land of the Blind. Andy Serkis and Tom have previously worked on stage together in Mojo, and Andy’s son Louis Serkis was Dr George Cholmondeley’s apprentice, Robert, in Taboo.



Heads up for birthday greetings in August…


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Updated 21 August 2017
1. Emailing your birthday greetings to Tom
Want to send a birthday greeting to Tom Hollander by email? The lovely Deb (from Hollanderia) will collect and forward on for us 🙂 We wont share Deb’s email publicly but you can contact us by Twitter (DMs are open) or by Instagram.

Note that Tom’s birthday is on Friday 25 August but please get your messages to Deb by Wednesday 23rd.

2. Posting your birthday greetings to Tom
If you want to post something to Tom please send it care of Another Tongue (an agency for voice artists). Tom is one of their artists and they will make sure he gets your item 🙂 Their phone number is 020 7494 0300.

Tom Hollander
c/o Another Tongue
10 D’Arblay St

Original post

Every now and again the marvellous Deb (one of the people who co-founded and runs the amazing Hollanderia and Thomagination websites) organises a bit of a ‘thing’ to celebrate Tom Hollander’s birthday (which is in August). The precise format varies but generally anyone who wants to be involved contacts her with their birthday greeting which she collates and then sends on to Tom’s people, who send to Tom. Simple and efficient 🙂

This year Deb has kindly agreed to collect our ‘Happy birthdays’ once again, if sent to her by email a few days in advance of his birthday. You’ll have to register on Hollanderia to see her message here (it’s for members only but anyone can become a member), for privacy reasons (well, spam mostly!) I’m not going to post her email address here. You can also contact @Team_Hollander for further info on Twitter via DMs which are open – or via Instagram. Update 12 Aug: just DM for Deb’s email address.

We hope this is a nice thing for Tom, but we don’t expect a response from him (when you think about it, it’s a little strange having random people from the internet wishing you a happy birthday!), so please don’t pester Deb afterwards asking if she’s heard back from Tom or his people. The best advice would probably be to just send some nice birthday greetings without having any further expectation – which is the best way to give gifts anyway 🙂

More chances to see Pride and Prejudice (2005) in cinemas, thanks to @bafta


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Eagle-eyed @lucky_lazy on Twitter has spotted that BAFTA is celebrating its 70th birthday by “showcasing a collection of BAFTA-winning breakthrough films from seven outstanding British film-makers” – and one of those is Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice. The film, as I’m sure readers of this blog already know, features Tom Hollander as Mr Collins in this adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel.

The BAFTA screenings are below – there’s also an open-air screening on Thursday 6th July at the Bussey Building in Peckham which has Joe Wright attending for a pre-film Q&A. Quite possibly Joe will be at some of the other screenings too, though it doesn’t say on the BAFTA website.

Links for tickets to the screenings below (except the one on 6 July) can be found here:–joe-wright

  • Friday 23 June | Pomegranate, Chesterfield
  • Sunday 2 July | Genesis, London
  • Thursday 6 July | Bussey Building, Rooftop Film Club (+Q&A with dir Joe Wright)
  • Sunday 23 July | MAC, Birmingham
  • Monday 7 to Thursday 10 August | Curzon Community Cinema, Clevedon
  • Tuesday 22 August | Exeter Phoenix, Exeter

I can tell you that the Genesis Cinema is utterly fantastic, I don’t know the other ones though. (Post-script: having now been to the Bussey building too for this screening I can tell you it’s fantastic too).

Tom Hollander the writer


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Not only is Tom Hollander a brilliant actor but he has also written some lovely articles too. He has an occasional diary column in The Spectator and has also written for other publications.

If you don’t have a subscription to The Spectator then you’ll find, as you make your way through his writings there, that you can only read a couple each month. Something to look forward to for next month then, or get a subscription 🙂 Tom also wrote the script for Episode 3 in the third series of Rev.

For printed (and some video) interviews with Tom the best source is Thomagination, there are also some audio-only interviews here.

At the end of the lists of articles are some tweets from people who’ve enjoyed his writing too.

The Spectator (all his articles at a glance)

Interview in The Spectator (not an article but a nice read nonetheless)

9 West Road – Cambridge University English Faculty alumni newsletter

Areté Magazine

The Times / Plan South America

  • Tom Hollander in Colombia (31 July 2016) – link given is to a copy of the text on Plan South America’s website, the original (paywalled) article at The Times is here – where you can also read appreciative comments from Colombians, delighted at the article.


[Audio] Interviews with Tom Hollander


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There are plenty of video interviews on YouTube (and elsewhere), but below are some audio-only interviews with Tom Hollander. For printed interviews with Tom see  Thomagination, and for articles Tom has written see Tom Hollander the writer.

Tom Hollander and James Wood talk to Peter Florence
Re – Rev
Hay Festival, Sunday 10 June 2012
The Pirates of the Caribbean and In the Loop star discusses his award-winning comedy Rev -with co-writer James Wood.
[1hr 3m 29s]

Kirsty Lang interviews Tom Hollander at Names Not Numbers / Editorial Intelligence
In conversation
[24m 49s]

Tom Hollander in conversation with Kirsty Lang

The Janice Forsyth Show
Tom Hollander Interview
14 May 2014
‘Rev’ star Tom Hollander talks to Janice about the challenges of portraying Dylan Thomas in the final days of his life in New York City.
[14m 12s]

Tom Hollander, James Wood and Jon Canter
The Rev. Diaries
Hay Festival 2014, Saturday 31 May 2014
The creators of the glorious television comedy present the thoughts of Rev. Adam Smallbone.
[54m 28s]


Saturday Live
Tom Hollander
Sat 25 Oct 2014
Actor Tom Hollander joins Suzy Klein and Jay Rayner to talk Rev, Dylan Thomas and his attempts at DIY. JP Devlin raises a pint to Dylan Thomas on the centenary of his birth at one of Thomas’s old London drinking haunts. (Tom is one of several guests, all are present throughout the programme).
[1hr 28m]

Chris Evans Breakfast Show
[link to programme]
17 March 2016
Tom Hollander talks about going to head to head with himself and who should be the next James Bond…Hiddleston or Hardy? Tom talks about starring in BBC One’s The Night Manager and ITV’s Doctor Thorne.
[1m 47s]

Graham Norton BBC2 interview
[Link to programme]
25 Feb 2017
The actor on Rev, drinking with Daniel Craig and his new West End play Travesties
[15m 5s]


Pride & Prejudice – open air screening in Peckham w @rooftopfilmclub, cc @pandp2005


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The Rooftop Film Club hosts a number of open-air cinema screening events in London, at several venues, including the Bussey Building in Peckham.

On Thursday 6 July the club will screen Pride and Prejudice (2005) in which Tom Hollander plays Mr Collins. The film was directed by Joe Wright, and Joe and Tom have also worked together on Hanna and The Soloist.

Get your tickets for this lovely adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel at the link below. Also did we mention that Tom Hollander recently won a BAFTA award for his role in The Night Manager 🙂

Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Rooftop Film Club – Bussey Building, Peckham
9pm (films start at sunset), Thursday 6 July 2017
[link for tickets and information], £16.50 for general admission
Please note all events are 18+. Personal food and drink items cannot be brought or consumed on the rooftop.

Remember to bring something warm as – even in mid-Summer – the weather can cool after dark, particularly when you’re sitting outside, on a roof!