EMILY PRESCOTT: Tom Holland’s comedian father Dominic reminds his Spider-Man star son that ’99 per cent of celebrities are completely interchangeable’

Tom Holland may be an A-list star swinging from the lofty heights of his Spider-Man fame, but his dad is still on hand to bring him back down to earth. 

Dominic Holland, Tom’s comedian father, says it like it is when he tells me: ‘I reckon 99 per cent of celebrities are completely interchangeable. I remind Tom of that a lot!’

He says he still speaks to Tom three times a week and has written a book about being overtaken by his son’s success. 

Appropriately titled Eclipsed, it’s released as an audiobook at the end of this month.

Dominic Holland, Tom's comedian father, says it like it is when he tells me: 'I reckon 99 per cent of celebrities are completely interchangeable. I remind Tom of that a lot!' (Father and son, above, in 2014)

Dominic Holland, Tom’s comedian father, says it like it is when he tells me: ‘I reckon 99 per cent of celebrities are completely interchangeable. I remind Tom of that a lot!’ (Father and son, above, in 2014)

Tom with his actress girlfriend Zendaya in Los Angeles last December

Tom with his actress girlfriend Zendaya in Los Angeles last December

Tom Holland may be an A-list star swinging from the lofty heights of his Spider-Man fame, but his dad is still on hand to bring him back down to earth

Tom Holland may be an A-list star swinging from the lofty heights of his Spider-Man fame, but his dad is still on hand to bring him back down to earth

Portia’s deep purple

Model Portia Freeman has revealed the unusual way she deals with her claustrophobia on the London Underground: carrying crystals with her at all times.

Portia, who has modelled for Chanel and Alexander McQueen, and is best friends with Daisy Lowe, has some more conventional suggestions too – recommending talking therapy, deep breathing and meditation for others who suffer the same anxiety.

As for her crystals, the 34-year-old says: ‘Usually I’ll carry a small amethyst.’ The perfect choice for her travels on the new purple-coloured Elizabeth line!

Model Portia Freeman has revealed the unusual way she deals with her claustrophobia on the London Underground: carrying crystals with her at all times

Model Portia Freeman has revealed the unusual way she deals with her claustrophobia on the London Underground: carrying crystals with her at all times

Zara Phillips’s husband Mike Tindall and his former England rugby team-mate James Haskell have created their own brand of gin – but they won’t be relying on Tindall’s Royal connections to flog it.

Haskell says of Black Eye Gin: ‘We don’t want it to just be another celebrity-endorsed product.’ 

Let’s hope they do better than Tindall’s brother-in-law Peter Phillips, who has stepped away from his event company SEL UK.

In 2016, the firm was controversially paid £750,000 for catering a lunch party for the 90th birthday of his grandmother the Queen.

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