Tom Hollander: His career from Ab Fab and Rev to The Night Manager

As the 55-year-old actor is rumoured to be becoming a father, we look back at his stand out roles.

Tom Hollander attends the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 12, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Cindy Ord/VF23/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
Tom Hollander is reported to be becoming a father for the first time. (Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

Tom Hollander is rumored to be about to become a father at the age of 55.

The star of The White Lotus and The Night Manager is reported to have rekindled his romance with interior designer Fran Hickman, 39, and she is thought to be expecting their first child together.

The couple, who previously called off their engagement in 2010, were pictured together in London and Hickman is visibly in the late stages of pregnancy.

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Hollander has had a long and varied career in British TV and film as well as West End Theatre. And since the early 00s he has had his share of Hollywood roles.

Able to morph between comedy and drama, Hollander may not spring to mind as an A List hero, but his face will be known to many, whether it be as a bumbling fool or a dangerously charming villain.

We take a look through his memorable roles to date.

Tom Hollander attends the World Premiere of
Tom Hollander is renowned for his comedy roles. (Getty Images)

Absolutely Fabulous

Hollander attended the National Youth Theatre as a child and had a role in a BBC drama when he was just 14. During his time at Cambridge University he was a member of the famous Footlights comedy troupe, and so it was no surprise that he began his early career in comedy.

He appeared in two Ab Fab specials in 1996 as Saffy's wealthy Italian fiance who eventually jilted her at the alter for a catwalk model.

Gosford Park

Tom Hollander in Gosford Park. (Alamy)

Hollander's acting talent won him a role alongside a glittering array of British stars in the 2001 murder mystery film Gosford Park, from the creator of Downton Abbey.

As he so often does Hollander managed to steal scenes with his desperate performance as hapless Lt. Commander Anthony Meredith.

Pride and Prejudice

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Keira Knightley and Tom Hollander in Pride and Prejudice. (Working Title/Alamy)

Jane Austen's Mr Collins is a comedy character created to make his audience cringe as he attempts to creep and condescend his way into Elizabeth Bennett's affections. Hollander was in his element in the role in Joe Wright's 2005 film adaptation opposite Keira Knightley and Dame Judi Dench as his benefactor Lady Catherine D Bourgh.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Tom Hollander in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Disney/Alamy)
Tom Hollander in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Disney/Alamy)

Hollander had his first big Hollywood role as the dastardly Lord Cutler Beckett in the Disney franchise starring Johnny Depp and went on to return in the 2007 sequel At World's End. This was perhaps the first time in the mainstream the world saw that Hollander's skills did not just lie in making us laugh - but demonstrated his strengths as a sinister Machiavellian.

Spectator column

In 2008 Hollander began writing a diary style column for The Spectator. His dry wit in print proved that his comedy skills were not just surface deep - he is just as funny unscripted.

In The Loop

In the loop Year : 2009 Director :  Armando Iannucci Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander
Tom Hollander mad an excellent politician in In The Loop. (Alamy)

Hollander was back to bumbling fool as the hapless politician being puppeteer by Peter Capaldi's Malcolm Tucker in Armando Ianucci's 2009 movie spin-off of his hit sitcom The Thick Of It.


Olivia Colman and Tom Hollander film scenes for the third series of the award-winning BBC2 comedy 'Rev', in London  Featuring: Olivia Colman,Tom Hollander Where: London, United Kingdom When: 12 Nov 2013
Olivia Colman and Tom Hollander filming Rev in East London. (Alamy)

Hollander was deservingly placed in a starring role in his very own sitcom opposite the nation's sweetheart Oliva Colman in 2010. As an inner-city vicar juggling his dwindling parish with urban issues this was a chance for Hollander to showcase his cutting wit.


Hollander relished the chance to be blood-curdling evil as the sadistic former agent in this 2011 assassin thriller starring Saoirse Ronan. The critically acclaimed film was made into an Amazon TV series of the same name.

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

Hollander played the Prime Minister of the UK opposite Tome Cruise in this blockbuster role in 2015.

The Night Manager

THE NIGHT MANAGER, Tom Hollander, (Season 1, Episode 1, aired April 19, 2016). ph: Des Willie/The Ink Factory/©AMC/courtesy
Tom Hollander in The Night Manager. (BBC/Alamy)

This six part BBC drama was a huge hit in 2016 thanks to a gripping plot and brilliant performances from Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman and Elizabeth Debicki. And also from Hollander as main villain Laurie's merciless henchman Corky. Yet another example of just how mean Hollander can be.

Bird Box

This 2018 post-apocalyptic thriller starring Sandra Bullock was a big hit for Netflix. Hollander appears as a terrifying and insane killer.

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Harley Quinn

Hollander has done some notable voice work over the years including Family Guy and recently the mole in The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse.He currently voices Alfred Pennyworth in hit DC adult animated series Harley Quinn.

The White Lotus

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Tom Hollander as Quentin in The White Lotus. (HBO Max/Alamy)

When Jennifer Coolidge's character first befriend's Hollander's Quentin in the second series of this award-winning HBO series he seems charming. But as the episodes played out, it becomes clear that this is another sinister side to Hollander.

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