The 20-year-old, who debuted as fictional superhero in Captain America: Civil War last year (16), flew into London for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAs) awards from the set of the next Avengers movie, Infinity War, alongside Chris Pratt.

He scooped the fan-voted EE Rising Star Award and while backstage, he joked to reporters he would be spending the rest of the evening sat down because his legs were feeling the effects of a physically gruelling shoot.

"It's been so fun," Tom said. "My legs are in bits right now from spider poses up to spider poses after spider poses so I'll be sitting down for the rest of the evening."

He also gushed about scoring the role, adding, "Since I was a kid, I wanted to be Spider-Man, like so many kids, and I'm just the lucky s**t that got to do it. It's a real dream come true and the thing for me that I love so much about being Spider-Man is being able to collaborate with so many in Marvel and finding a new, fresh way of bringing such a loved character back to the screen."

Tom took over from Andrew Garfield, who previously played Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel, and he met his predecessor for the first time on the BAFTAs red carpet.

"It was really, really nice, he's a really lovely guy, he's everything I hoped he would be," Tom said. "He's a brilliant actor, I've always been a fan of his work. I really look forward to picking his brains and seeing if he has any advice for me."

The Impossible actor will next be seen as the webslinger in Spider-Man: Homecoming this July (17), while Infinity War is scheduled for release in 2018.