Holland is the son of Donald and Mary Holland of Bessemer. He was encouraged to participate in arts as well as sports from a young age, and appeared in the Summerfest production of "Oliver!" when he was 11 years old. He was a standout in Darrell Revel's theater classes at John Carroll Catholic High School and was encouraged by him to pursue acting as a career. He attended Florida State University and completed a master of fine arts at New York University in 2006.
Holland had major roles as journalist Wendell Smith in 42 and as Andrew Young in Selma, for which he was nominated for an NAACP "Image Award". He was case for a recurring role in the Cinemax series "The Knick" in 2014. His breakout role was as Kevin in the 2016 best picture nominee Moonlight.
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