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The Rise Of Nicholas Hoult

With Kill Your Friends available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, we take a look at the rise of its star.

The fantastic and loveable Nicholas Hoult was born and raised in the county of Berkshire before making his big debut to film in 1996 in Intimate Relations when he was just seven years old.  The real show stopper came when Nicholas made his big debut to film as the young Marcus Brewer in About A Boy in 2002 and the rest was history.

About A Boy

In 2002 Nicholas landed his first major film role as Marcus Brewer in About A Boy, working alongside the charming Hugh Grant, for which Nicholas’ was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Young Actor. 


Whilst still at Farnborough Sixth Form, Nicholas hit the screens once again as he landed his major role as Tony Stonem in the E4 drama Skins, becoming the heartthrob for thousands of teenagers across the UK. Nicholas was nominated for a Walkers Home Grown Talent Award for his role as Tony.

Clash Of The Titans

In the 2010 remake of Clash Of The Titans Nicholas played one of the main characters, Eusebios, one of the best soldiers of the Army of Argos and one of the main characters, Draco’s, best men. In 2010 Nicholas was also nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award, voted by the British public.

X Men: First Class / X Men: Days Of Future Past

It only got better from there-on out, as in 2011 Nicholas was cast as ‘Beast’ in the X Men spin off: X Men First Class and continued this role to X Men: Days Of Future Past and X Men: Apocalypse, due for release later this year.

Jack The Giant Slayer

Nicholas played the hero in Bryan Singer’s Jack The Giant Slayer, cast as the main character, Jack, who accidentally opens a portal between his own realm and the realm of giants and re-starts an ancient war. Oops!

Mad Max: Fury Road

Set in post apocalyptic Australia, Fury Road sees Nicholas plays Nux, a member of Immortan Joe’s army of War Boys who allies himself with Max Rockastansky and Imperator Furiosa, who are rebelling against their tyrannical ruler and trying to get to Furiosa’s homeland.

Kill Your Friends

To add to Nicholas’ 2015 success, he plays A&R man Steven Stelfox in Kill Your Friends. Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through the music business, a world where ‘no one knows anything’ and where careers are made and broken by chance and the fickle tastes of the general public. Fuelled by greed, ambition and inhuman quantities of drugs, Stelfox lives the dream, as he searches for his next hit record. But as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change, Stelfox takes the concept of “killer tunes” to a murderous new level in a desperate attempt to salvage his career.

Watch Nicholas Hoult discuss his Kill Your Friends character:

And here's a bonus interview with Kill Your Friends' writers, John Niven and Owen Harris:

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