London Spy was brilliant for loads of reasons; one of the biggest being how great Alex, played by Edward Holcroft, was. His ridiculously cheekbony face, his intense eyes, his mysterious life - he’d be a nightmare to date as Danny, played by Ben Whishaw, is finding out (poor chap) but pretty dreamy to watch.
Turns out it’s not the first time he’s been on our screens. (We know, HOW didn’t we notice him before?)
Here’s what you need to know about him…
1. He’s 27.
2. He initially wanted to become a musician until a play at Oxford Brookes University, where he was doing a Philosophy BA, got him on the acting track and he got a place to do a masters at the Central Saint Martins’ Drama Centre, graduating in 2012.
3. He shares an acting agent with Daniel Bruhl and Freddie Fox.
4. He’s friends with Freddie and fellow actor Douglas Booth. (It’s almost a surprise he wasn’t in The Riot Club.)
5. He attended Ampleforth College, a Catholic boarding shool in Yorkshire and started his acting career there (kind of) as Tybalt in Romeo And Juliet.
6. He’s best-known for his role as Charlie Hesketh in Kingsman: The Secret Service, George Boleyn in Wolf Hall and Duncan Forbes in Lady Chatterley’s Lover, alongside Richard Madden and Holiday Grainger.
7. He went out with Cressida Bonas, Prince Harry’s on-off gf, over the summer. The pair was spotted leaving a restaurant and at Wimbledon together, before they split in September following reports Cressida still liked Harry.
8. It’s said that Cressida’s parents didn’t approve of Edward, as they wanted her to go out with the fifth-in-line-to-the-throne.
9. His father is Patrick Holcroft, the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, and his mother is Annie (on the right), the publishing director of Vanity Fair.
10. He was called the ‘UK star of tomorrow’ by Screen Daily last year.
11. He’s 6ft1.
(Edward as Alex in London Spy)
12. He sings! He’s got a Soundcloud channel which was endorsed by pal Douglas Booth on his Twitter.
13. He’s got some pretty good skills, apart from singing, including piano, drums, tennis, squash, football, skiing, running and swimming.
14. He can speak French (swoon) and is pretty impressive at accents, saying on an acting profile he can do Cockney, Dorset, London, Northern Irish, RP, Scottish Highlands, Scottish, Standard, Somerset, South London, Yorkshire, General American, South African and Irish. (That would make one excellent game of Heads Up.)