Nicholas Caradoc Hoult (born 7 December 1989) is an English actor. His body of work includes supporting work in big-budget mainstream productions and starring roles in independent projects in both the American and the British film industries. He has been nominated for awards such as a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Born and raised in Wokingham, Berkshire, Hoult was drawn to acting from a young age and appeared in local theatre productions as a child. He made his screen debut at age seven in the 1996 film Intimate Relations, and appeared in several television programmes between 1998 and 2001. Hoult's breakthrough role came when he played Marcus Brewer in the 2002 comedy-drama film About a Boy, for which he was nominated for the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer. He achieved wider recognition and praise for his performance as Tony Stonem in the E4 teen comedy-drama series Skins (2007–2008). His transition to adult roles began with the 2009 drama film A Single Man, for which he earned a BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination, and the fantasy film Clash of the Titans (2010). He was cast as the mutant Hank McCoy in Matthew Vaughn's 2011 superhero film X-Men: First Class, a role he reprised in later instalments of the series.
In 2013, Hoult played the lead title role in the fantasy adaptation Jack the Giant Slayer and starred as a zombie in romantic comedy Warm Bodies. Following a supporting role in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Hoult starred in a number of independent films before portraying various real-life figures such as Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford in the historical black comedy The Favourite (2018), writer J. R. R. Tolkien in Tolkien (2019), and Peter III in the Hulu comedy-drama series The Great (2020–present). In 2021, he starred in the survival thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead.
Outside of film, Hoult voiced Elliot in Lionhead Studios' 2010 action role-playing game Fable III, appeared in the 2009 West End play New Boy, and is involved in philanthropy, supporting such charitable organisations as Teenage Cancer Trust and Christian Aid. He has a son from his relationship with American model Bryana Holly.
FearI think interviews can be fine. It's just there's this terrible fear of coming off wrongly or saying something that gets taken out of context.
I just want to be a better actor. You can always get better.
I manage to live pretty normally.
A lot of child actors keep acting for the wrong reasons.
After Skins I became mildly famous, which was a bit of a disaster.
I always like to keep busy, otherwise my brain starts ticking.
I'd just like to carry on acting.
I can be a bit grumpy. Im full of angst, and hormones.
In real life you get out of the shower naked, so why wouldn't you do it on screen? It's just a normal thing.
That's how I believed relationships worked: You go into town, pick up the girl you want, then ride off into the mountains and the townsfolk can't get them back.
Anybody who has a problem with 'Skins' obviously doesn't understand teenage life.
I've got a really great family round me, two sisters and an older brother and my mum and dad. Everybody's equal.
When I like something, I love it, but then I'll let it go completely.
I try not to read about myself. Why would reading about yourself be interesting? You're only going to be told you're doing a good job and get big headed about it, or be told you're rubbish and get down in the dumps. What's the point?
I'm not too vain - I sometimes take pride in my appearance, but I stick to the rule never to spend longer than a girl getting ready.
I'm happy with my career and I'm not going to have the trouble of being typecast.
I don't like watching myself. I get embarrassed.
As a kid, when you're in a film with somebody, you look up to them, you know?
I'm not one of those people who's saying "I'm going to set up a production company", because I like acting and not having to be a business man and do that side of things.
By the time I was 14, I was about six foot. I remember going into auditions, and they'd look at how tall I was and say, 'Well, you're taller than the lead actor, so there's no way we can cast you.
I won't eat veal, and my mum won't eat lamb, because she thinks it's a bit harsh to eat cute things.
As you're growing up, it's odd, because directors don't expect you to grow up. They think you'll be young forever, but as an actor, there is an awkward period when you're too young for old or too old for young, and it can be an odd time.
I try not to be too optimistic or pessimistic. If you're a pessimist then that's depressing all the time; if you're an optimist and things don't work out then that's depressing, too.
I don't think parents always know where their children are going or what they are doing, what they are up to.
Occasionally people will look at me and do a double take and theyll look at me like theyre trying to think where they know me from.
That's the main thing, looking for interesting characters, good directors, and experiences where you're growing and learning.
Supposedly I'm impossible to talk to. But it's honestly not me being difficult. Sometimes you just don't have a lot to say.
If you're out, and starving, and need a bite to eat, then you need fast food.
Long-term boredom can't lead to anything good.
My mum always says work goes in waves: you have a good spell and then it dips.
I was really in to shiny things when I was younger and I stole a shiny tag for my dog. I didn't get caught. I hope I don't go to jail for that.
I don't want to share my worries - that's for me to know.
Nowadays we have so many things that take our attention - phones, Internet - and perhaps we need to disconnect from those and focus on the immediate world around us and the people that are actually present.
I think all teenagers feel alone, and that nobody else knows what they are going through and all that sort of stuff.
I think if you set yourself specific goals, that's quite a lot of pressure.
It's always a bit overwhelming when you arrive on set and everyone's new, but you soon become a big family. I find the hardest thing about acting is that you have to say goodbye to everyone at the end of a shoot.
I don't really have disappointments, because I build myself up for rejection.
Other people's success spurs me on to do well and gives me motivation.