Tom Hollander was born on August 25, 1967 in Bristol, England. He began acting at an early age and during his childhood performed with Britain's National Youth Theatre and Children's Music Theatre. By his teen years, he had landed a role in the BBC drama John Diamond, but chose to study English at Selwyn College in Cambridge, but his love for theatre prevailed and in the early 1990s he found success in stage productions of The Way of the World and The Government Inspector. Roles in a variety of British films followed, including The Very Thought of You, Gosford Park, Lawless Heart and The Lost Prince. He also appeared on television in Absolutely Fabulous, Daniel and Laurence and Wives and Daughters. Hollander became widely known with American audiences thanks to his role of Lord Cutler Beckett in the ultra-popular Johnny Depp Disney films Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.