André Holland

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André Holland
Andre Holland (32992815392).jpg
Born (1979-12-28) December 28, 1979 (age 38)
Bessemer, Alabama, U.S.
Alma mater

Florida State University

New York University (MFA)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present

André Holland (born December 28, 1979) is an American actor. He won several accolades and achieved widespread notice in 2016 for his performance as Kevin in the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight.

Throughout his career, Holland has acted in several film, television, and theatre productions. On television, he has starred as Dr. Algernon Edwards in the Cinemax series The Knick (2014–2015) and as Matt Miller in the FX series American Horror Story: Roanoke (2016). He portrayed politician and activist Andrew Young in the 2014 film Selma and sportswriter Wendell Smith in the 2013 film 42. On stage, he has starred in August Wilson's play Jitney on Broadway in 2017.

Early life[edit]

Holland was born and raised in Bessemer, Alabama, and graduated from John Carroll Catholic High School.[1] His first stage performance was in a production of Oliver! at the Birmingham Summerfest Theatre, at the age of eleven.[2] He attended Florida State University and studied abroad at the FSU London study centre during his time there. He also received a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University in 2006.[2][3]


2000s–2010s: Early work[edit]

Holland's first on-screen performance was in an episode of Law & Order in 2006. Around this time, Holland began to perform more regularly on stage as well. In 2006, he portrayed three characters in the play Blue Door. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times gave his performance a positive review.[3] In 2008, he played Eric in the play Wig Out! and took his first film role in the sports drama Sugar.[4] The following year, he portrayed Elegba and Marcus in The Brother/Sister Plays.[5] In 2010, he was cast in the Matthew Lopez play The Whipping Man,[6] for which he won the Vivian Robinson/Audelco Award for Best Supporting Actor.[7]

In 2011, he starred as Julian "Fitz" Fitzgerald in several episodes of the NBC sitcom Friends with Benefits. In 2014, he portrayed Andrew Young in Ava DuVernay's historical drama film Selma.[8] In 2013, he portrayed Wendell Smith in the film 42. From 2014 to 2015, he starred in a supporting role opposite Clive Owen in the Cinemax original drama series The Knick.[9]

2016: Breakthrough with Moonlight[edit]

In 2016, he achieved widespread notice for his performance as Kevin in Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, for which he received critical acclaim and numerous accolades.[10] The film won several Oscars, including Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards.[11]

Holland's performance was singled out by several film critics, including those at Rolling Stone and GQ, who dubbed him a "standout" in the film.[12][13] As a member of the film's ensemble cast, he received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards.[14] He also received nominations for Best Supporting Actor from the Florida Film Critics Circle and Outstanding Supporting Actor at the Black Reel Awards.[15][16]

2017–present: Further work[edit]

Following the success of Moonlight, in 2017, Holland portrayed Youngblood in August Wilson's play Jitney on Broadway.[17] He next appeared in DuVernay's fantasy adventure film A Wrinkle in Time, released in March 2018.[18] The film received mixed reviews from critics.[19] Later that year, he portrayed Henry Matthew Deaver in several episodes of the Hulu series Castle Rock; his turn on the series has earned positive reviews from critics, including Amy Woolsey of Vulture, who praised his performance as "textured".[20]

Since July 2018, he has starred in a production of Othello at Shakespeare's Globe, costarring with Mark Rylance.[21] That year, he also made his Off Off Broadway directing debut with a production of Greg Keller's Dutch Masters.[22]

Upcoming projects[edit]

Holland is slated to star in Steve McQueen's Widows, which is scheduled for a November 2018 theatrical release.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Sugar Brad Johnson Nominated – Gotham Award for Best Cast
2008 Miracle at St. Anna Private Needles
2008 Last Call Pete
2009 Bride Wars DJ Jazzles
2009 Us: A Love Story Carjack Victim Short film
2011 Small, Beautifully Moving Parts Leon
2012 Nobody's Nobody's Jason Short film
2013 42 Wendell Smith
2014 Black or White Reggie Davis
2014 Selma Andrew Young Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2016 Moonlight Kevin Jones Boston Online Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance
Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Runner-up – Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2018 A Wrinkle in Time Principal James Jenkins
2019 High Flying Bird In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Law & Order David Sachs Episode: "Public Service Homicide"
2007 The Black Donnellys Frank Thomas Episode: "Wasn't That Enough?"
2007 The News DeShawn Burkett Television film
2009 Lost & Found Gayle Dixon Television film
2010 The Rockford Files Angel Martin Television film
2010 Damages Bank Manager Episode: "You Haven't Replaced Me"
2011 Friends with Benefits Julian "Fitz" Fitzgerald 13 episodes
2011 Burn Notice Dion Carver Episode: "Breaking Point"
2012–2013 1600 Penn Marshall Malloy 13 episodes
2014–2015 The Knick Dr. Algernon Edwards 20 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2016 American Horror Story: Roanoke Matt Miller 9 episodes
2018 Castle Rock Henry Deaver 10 episodes


  1. ^ "From Bessemer to Brooklyn: John Carroll graduate Andre Holland arrives in Jackie Robinson film '42'". Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Bird, Alan (June 6, 2011). "André Holland - Questions and Answers - Interview". New York Theatre Guide. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Isherwood, Charles (October 9, 2006). "Blue Door - Theater - Review". The New York Times. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Blankenship, Mark (September 30, 2008). "Wig Out!". Variety. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ Hetrick, Adam (September 15, 2009). "Holland, Simms, Johnson and More Set for The Brother/Sister Plays at the Public". Playbill. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew (November 22, 2010). "Andre Holland and Jay Wilkison Will Join Andre Braugher in MTC's Premiere of Whipping Man". Playbill. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ Bacalzo, Dan (November 17, 2011). "Andre De Shields, Andre Holland, Sanaa Lathan et al. Win Audelco Awards". Theatermania. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (May 7, 2014). "'42' Actor Joins Martin Luther King Drama 'Selma'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ Niles, Jon. "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: 'The Knick' Star André Holland Talks Algernon Edwards & Cornelia Robertson's Relationship, Race Issues & More About New Cinemax Series". Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ Viera, Bené (October 26, 2016). "Moonlight's André Holland Talks About His Unforgettable Performance". GQ. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  11. ^ Horowitz, Jordan (2017-12-19). "The Oscars best picture fiasco: 'I can sort of laugh about it now'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-09-06. 
  12. ^ Viera, Bené (2016-10-26). "Moonlight's André Holland Talks About His Unforgettable Performance". GQ. Retrieved 2018-09-06. 
  13. ^ Travers, Peter (2016-10-19). "'Moonlight' Review: African-American Coming-of-Age Tale Is a Gamechanger". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-09-06. 
  14. ^ "SAG Award Nominations 2017: The Complete List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-09-06. 
  15. ^ "17th Annual Black Reel Awards Nominations". Black Reel Awards. 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2018-09-06. 
  16. ^ "'Moonlight' leads 2016 Florida Film Critics Awards Nominations". Florida Film Critics Circle. Retrieved 2018-09-06. 
  17. ^ "'Moonlight' Star André Holland Opens in August Wilson's 'Jitney' on Broadway: REVIEW - Towleroad". Towleroad. January 23, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  18. ^ Hipes, Patrick (November 2, 2016). "'A Wrinkle In Time' Adds Michael Peña, Zach Galifianakis, André Holland & More To Round Out Cast – Update". Deadline Hollywood. 
  19. ^ Chuba, Kirsten (March 7, 2018). "'A Wrinkle in Time' Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved March 7, 2018. 
  20. ^ Woolsey, Amy. "How André Holland Keeps Castle Rock Afloat". Vulture. Retrieved 2018-09-06. 
  21. ^ Wood, Alex (April 11, 2018). "'Michelle Terry to play Hamlet in her inaugural season at Shakespeare's Globe". Retrieved April 12, 2018. 
  22. ^ Soloski, Alexis (April 10, 2018). "Review: In 'Dutch Masters,' Subway Seatmates, So Close and Yet So Far". The New York Times. Retrieved April 12, 2018. 
  23. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 13, 2017). "'Moonlight' Star Andre Holland Joins Viola Davis in Steve McQueen's 'Widows' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 

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