Kristen Holden-Ried is a Canadian actor born in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. In 2007 he portrayed William Compton in the first seven episodes of the Showtime series The Tudors.Holden-Ried studied at Montreal's Concordia University School of Business. At his first audition, he landed the leading role in 12th century drama Young Ivanhoe. Holden-Ried was a champion competitor in riding and fencing. He is a former member of the Canadian National Pentathlon Team and has a silver medal from both the Pan American and Pan Pacific Pentathlon Championships. Holden-Ried has trained with Uta Hagen's Master Class Scene Study, with Janine Manatis as well as at the Green Room Actor's Workshop and the National Film Acting School.