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Edward Patrick Holcroft (born 23 June 1987) is an English film, television and stage actor. He is best known for his roles in the Kingsman film franchise and in the television series Wolf Hall (2015), London Spy (2015), and Alias Grace (2017).

Edward Holcroft
Born (1987-06-23) 23 June 1987 (age 32)
Other namesEd Holcroft
EducationOxford Brookes University
Drama Centre London
Years active2011–present
Notable work
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Wolf Hall
London Spy
Alias Grace


Holcroft is the second of three sons born to Lt. Col. Patrick Holcroft, a soldier and banker, and Kathleen "Annie" Holcroft (née Roberts), a publisher at Condé Nast. His elder brother, Oliver Holcroft, is a former soldier who served with the Grenadier Guards in Afghanistan.[1][2] Edward was sent to boarding school at age 8, first attending prep school at Summer Fields School in Oxford and then Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire, where he first appeared in school productions. He initially wanted to become a musician after taking up drumming, but switched to acting after appearing in a play at Oxford Brookes University.[3] He then undertook post-graduate studies in acting at the Drama Centre London of Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, graduating in 2012.[4]

Holcroft is best known for his roles as Charlie Hesketh in the film Kingsman: The Secret Service and its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, as George Boleyn in the British drama series Wolf Hall[5] and as Alex Turner in the BBC drama series London Spy.[6] In 2017, he appeared in the historical miniseries Gunpowder on BBC and Alias Grace on Netflix and the CBC.[3]

Holcroft acted with Sir Mark Rylance in Jerusalem at the Royal Court Theatre[5] and with Dominic West and Janet McTeer in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Donmar Warehouse.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Vampire Academy Aaron
2014 Kingsman: The Secret Service Charles "Charlie" Hesketh
2015 Lady Chatterley's Lover Duncan Forbes
2017 The Sense of an Ending Jack Ford
2017 Kingsman: The Golden Circle Charles "Charlie" Hesketh

TV seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Wolf Hall George Boleyn
2015 London Spy Joe/Alex/Alistair
2017 Alias Grace Dr. Simon Jordan
2017 Gunpowder Thomas Wintour


Year Title Role Director Company/Venue Notes
2005 All's Well That Ends As You Like It Huntsmen Alistair Blackwell TTProductions/Edinburgh Fringe
2005 Romeo & Juliet Tybalt - Ampleforth College/Ampleforth College Theatre
2009 According To... John Mark David Ralf Half Full Theatre/OUDS/Burton Taylor Studio
2009 Knuckle Curly Delafield Cicely Hadman Trinity Players/OUDS//Moser theatre
2010 Henry IV Hotspur Simon Tavener Oxford Triptyich/OUDS/Old Fire Station
2010 Time to Kill Joshua Stuart Watson Putney Theatre Company/Putney Arts Theatre
2011 Romeo & Juliet Romeo Rebecca Smith Sedos Theatre Company/Bridewell Theatre
2015-2016 Les Liaisons Dangereuses[8] Le Chevalier Danceny Josie Rourke Donmar Warehouse


  1. ^ "How to make your child's brain bigger". Tatler. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  2. ^ Yorke, Harry (4 November 2017). "Celebrity mums turn to Scandinavian-inspired exercise classes to brain-train their children". The Telegraph. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b Aftab, Kaleem (6 November 2017). "Edward Holcroft on Alias Grace, Gunpowder and Michael Fassbender". The Independent. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Who Is Edward Holcroft? And Why You Need To Know".
  5. ^ a b "In Conversation with Edward Holcroft". 10 February 2015.
  6. ^ "London Spy: What you need to know about new BBC Two thriller". 9 November 2015.
  7. ^ Billington, Michael (18 December 2015). "Les Liaisons Dangereuses review – Dominic West on love's battlefield" – via The Guardian.
  8. ^ "Edward Holcroft - Cast - Alias Grace". CBC. Retrieved 19 December 2017.

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