11 Things You Should Know About Edward Holcroft

Here's everything you need to know about The English Game's leading man.

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by Rebecca Cox |

If you watched Alias Grace on Netflix or if you're a fan of The Kingsman, then you’ll already be familiar with break-out star Edward Holcroft, who played Dr Simon Jordan and Charlie Hesketh, respectively. And chances are you’ll already be harbouring a teeny, tiny crush on him. Let us be the first to tell you: it won't be teeny, tiny for long...

But if Ed Holcroft is, sadly, a name thus far unknown to you, allow us to introduce you to Britain's newest break-out star. Hollywood beckons for this hot young Brit and it's easy to see why.

With his latest project, The English Game, streaming now on Netflix, it's time you got to know this talented star. Here to help…

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Edward Holcroft - Everything You Need to Know

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He's 32, and the son of Worcestershire's Lord Lieutenant Patrick Holcroft and wife Annie, who was the publishing director of Vanity Fair. Fancy.

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Aside from his well-received performance in London Spy, Ed is best known for roles in Kingsman: The Secret Service, Alias Grace, Wolf Hall and Lady Chatterley's Lover.

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He studied Philosophy at Oxford Brookes, but his involvement in a play there gave him the acting bug and he went on to do a masters at the Central Saint Martins' Drama Centre. Before this he attended Ampleforth College, a Catholic boarding shool in Yorkshire.

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He dated Prince Harry's ex Cressida Bonas in the summer of 2015, before they split that September. It was reported at the time of the split that Bonas' parents didn't approve of Holcroft because they favoured Harry. Hmmmmmm.

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Ed Holcroft was named as one of Screen Daily's 'UK stars of tomorrow' in 2014 and one of Variety's '10 Brits To Watch' in 2018.

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His actor pals include Freddie Fox and Douglas Booth.

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Don't expect to see Holcroft's private life splashed all over the papers – he said in a recent interview with Rollercoaster magazine that he intends to keep an "air of mystery" about himself.

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He can sing. Really beautifully. Listen to the Ed Holcroft Soundcloud channel here.

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Other talents include speaking French, playing piano, skiing, swimming, drums and running.

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He once sat on the FROW at the AW18 Giorgio Armani Men's Fashion Week show in Milan with none other than Nick Jonas and Richard Madden. We wouldn't mind being sat between them.

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His next big part is in Netflix's The English Game, which tells the story of the invention of football and how it rose to become the world's game by crossing class divides.

So it’s quite a big crush now, right?

Have some extra time on your hands? (Of course you do.) Check out the best chick flicks to binge on Netflix right now...

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The ultimate chick flick, nothing compares to Cady Heron and the Plastics.

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Emma Stone at her best, Easy A shows what happens when rumours run wild u2014 and what happens when you try to stop them.

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A Netflix original, Always Be My Maybe shows us what happens when childhood sweetheart reunite as adults. It also stars Keanu Reeves, so you should watch it for that reason alone.

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Jane The Virgin's Gina Rodriguez stars in this Netflix original is perfect for realising that sometimes, it's our girlfriends we need, not a man.

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Amy Schumer at her best, this film is perfect for when you feel like your life is falling apart and you need to know you're not alone.

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Based on Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling book of the same name, follow Liz she travels the world following her divorce, searching for good food, spirituality and love.

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What do you mean you haven't seen it? Settle in for a big weep with this adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' best-selling novel, set in 1940s America and staring Rachel McAdams and a delightfully waterlogged Ryan Gosling.

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As four best friends prepare to spend their first summer apart, they find a magical pair of jeans that fits each of them perfectly, despite their different body sizes. In an effort to stay connected, they make a pact to send the jeans around to each other all summer.

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Following her father's death, Sam is left in the care of her evil stepmother and stepsisters. Her only respite is her online pen pal, a boy named Nomad. When the two decide to meet at a school dance, they're in for a big shock.

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Willowdean, an insecure teenager, has never felt good enough for her mother, the Miss Teen Bluebonnet champion, Rosie Dickson. So, she enters the pageant herself to prove she can be good enough.

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Mary-Kate and Ashley are at their finest in New York Minute, which follows twin sisters who just can't get along. When they have to travel to NYC together – for two completely different reasons – a series of mishaps completely ruins their day. The only way to get through it is to work together.

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Anna Foster, daughter of the President of the United States, is fed up of being constantly followed by the Secret Service, so she runs away during an official trip to Europe where she meets and falls in love with Ben. But, spoiler alert, Ben isn't really who he seems he isu2026

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Ali leaves her job as a waitress to finally pursue her dream of being on stage, but after her audition fails she's left questioning her decisions. Until she stumbles into a different club, where she might just fitu2026

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Two sisters reunite when their parents decide to sell their childhood home. With one night left to say goodbye to the house they grew up in, they decide to throw an epic house party.

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If you need a reason to re-watch Clueless (as if!), do it for the fashion alone.

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Nadine is a high school junior who already feels awkward and out of placeu2026and then her best friend starts dating her brother. All at once, she feels more alone than ever, until she meets an unexpected friend.

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Natalie, an architect in NYC, works hard to get noticed at her job, but is treated more like an intern. When she gets knocked unconscious during a subway mugging, she wakes up in a magical alternate universe where everything is, well, romantic.

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With their high school graduation right around the corner, best friends Amy and Molly realise they haven't had the full high school experience and with one night left in their high school career, they decide to make up for it.

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Long-term best friend Ben and Alice make a deal to be each other's dates for wedding season after all of their friends start tying the knot. Equal parts sweet and heart-wrenching, this film is seriously relatable and an emotional rollercoaster.

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