André Holland

André Holland
Born (1979-12-28) December 28, 1979
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.

He has acted in several film, television, and theatre productions throughout his career. He 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, sportswriter Wendell Smith in the 2013 film 42.

Early life

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]


Holland has performed in several theatre productions. 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![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 2017, he portrayed Youngblood in August Wilson's play Jitney on Broadway.[8]

From July to October 2018, he is appearing in a production of Othello at Shakespeare's Globe, costarring with Mark Rylance.[9] He has also made his Off Off Broadway directing debut with a production of Greg Keller's Dutch Masters.[10]

Holland has also enjoyed success in both television and film. In 2011, he starred as Julian "Fitz" Fitzgerald on the NBC sitcom Friends with Benefits. In 2014, he portrayed Andrew Young in Ava DuVernay's historical drama film Selma.[11] From 2014 to 2015, he starred opposite Clive Owen in the Cinemax original drama series The Knick.[12]

In 2016, he starred as Kevin in Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, for which he received critical acclaim and numerous awards;[13] the film won Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards. Holland appeared in DuVernay's fantasy adventure film A Wrinkle in Time, released in March 2018, and will star in Steve McQueen's Widows, which is scheduled for November 2018.[14][15]

In 2018, he portrayed Henry Matthew Deaver in the Hulu series Castle Rock.



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
2018 Widows In post-production
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. 1 2 Bird, Alan (June 6, 2011). "André Holland - Questions and Answers - Interview". New York Theatre Guide. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  3. 1 2 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. "'Moonlight' Star André Holland Opens in August Wilson's 'Jitney' on Broadway: REVIEW - Towleroad". Towleroad. January 23, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  9. Wood, Alex (April 11, 2018). "'Michelle Terry to play Hamlet in her inaugural season at Shakespeare's Globe". Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  10. 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.
  11. Kit, Borys (May 7, 2014). "'42' Actor Joins Martin Luther King Drama 'Selma'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
  12. 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.
  13. Viera, Bené (October 26, 2016). "Moonlight's André Holland Talks About His Unforgettable Performance". GQ. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  14. Hipes, Patrick (November 2, 2016). "'A Wrinkle In Time' Adds Michael Peña, Zach Galifianakis, André Holland & More To Round Out Cast – Update". Deadline Hollywood.
  15. 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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