Nicholas Hoult is an English actor, best known for playing Marcus Brewer in the 2002 film About a Boy, Tony Stonem in the E4 teen drama Skins, and Hank McCoy/Beast in the X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class.

Hoult was first spotted at the age of three, sitting in the audience with his mother at a play. The director noticed and suggested that he should try out for one. He attended Ranelagh School, made his professional debut in the 1996 film Intimate Relations (at the age of 7), and worked mainly in television, until the success of About a Boy, in which he plays Marcus.

While at sixth form, he gained a lead role as Tony Stonem in the first two series of E4 drama Skins. Hoult was nominated for a Walkers Home Grown Talent Award and won the Monte Carlo TV Festival Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for the role.

For his ongoing charity work with Christian Aid, Hoult was entered into the ‘National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’ Hall of Fame in 2007.

In 2009, Hoult, at the age of 19, appeared in the Tom Ford movie A Single Man, alongside Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.

Hoult replaces Jon Kortajarena as the face of Tom Ford eyewear for the spring 2010 collection.

In 2010, Hoult was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star award, the only award to be voted by the British public.

He has appeared in the video to The Midnight Beast song Lez Be Friends. He also voices ‘Elliot’ in the video game, Fable III.

On 8 July 2010, it became public that he had been cast in the role of Beast in the X-Men spin-off, X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn. MTV Networks’ named him one of the ‘Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011’.

In February 2011, at the age of 21, Hoult was offered the lead role in Jack the Giant Killer. He filmed the project later that year, and also began work on the teen film Warm Bodies, with Teresa Palmer. Both films are scheduled for a summer 2013 release.