Edward Holcroft, 29, started acting only two years ago, but the rising British star already boasts a West End theater run (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), two BBC miniseries ("Wolf Hall," "London Spy"), and the action-blockbuster franchise Kingsman on his CV. The son of Patrick ­Holcroft, Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, aka the queen’s county representative, and Annie Holcroft, the publishing director of Vanity Fair U.K., Edward took a job building sets at London’s Royal Court Theatre at age 24, having abandoned his hope of becoming a professional drummer. There he had the good fortune of watching Mark Rylance rehearse his Tony Award–winning role in Jerusalem every day. “I was so moved, I thought, I’ve got to try this,” Holcroft says. Turns out he was a natural: Three years later, he appeared opposite Rylance in "Wolf Hall." And this fall, ahead of reprising his role as the dashing, sarcastic spy Charlie Hesketh in next summer's Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Holcroft stars in the much quieter The Sense of an Ending, the film adaptation of a novel by Julian Barnes. “I love both roles, but it’s like watching a rugby match and then a cricket match. They’re very ­different games.”

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