Nicholas "Nick" Caradoc Hoult (born 7 December 1989, Wokingham, Berkshire, United Kingdom) is an English actor, best known for the role as Marcus Brewer in the 2002 film, About a Boy, and as Tony Stonem in the E4 television series, Skins. Hoult attended the Sylvia Young stage school, made his professional debut in the 1996 film Intimate Relations, and worked mainly in television, until the success of About a Boy, in which he played a nerdy 12-year-old named Marcus, alongside Hugh Grant's rich London Lothario. While at sixth form, he gained a lead role as Tony Stonem in the first two series of E4 drama Skins. Hoult was nominated for a Walkers Home Grown Talent Award for this role. In 2004 he appeared in Mystery Hunters, and in 2009 he made his stage debut at London's Trafalgar Studios in New Boy, which is based on the novel by William Sutcliffe. In August 2009, Hoult participated in the Help Give Them A Voice campaign. He played a teenage girl in a short film released to support the campaign. Also in 2009, Hoult appeared in the Tom Ford movie A Single Man, based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood.