After training at a British drama school, the actor embarked on a stage career in London gaining notice for a number of appearances in classical and contemporary plays. Those appearances would lead to him getting noticed by British television audiences in several television films. He would win a BAFTA in 2008 for his appearance in the television film “Boy A.”
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After a few small films he would gain huge attention in “The Social Network,” a film about the story of the creation of Facebook which was a huge Oscar player in 2010. His success with that film led to him taking over the role of Spider-Man from Tobey Maguire in the reboot of that franchise.