His first notable appearance on the screen was in the 1961 film Whistle Down the Wind, and he then appeared in The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1967), Romeo and Juliet (1968), The Virgin Soldiers (1969), Loot (1970), Psychomania (1973), The Land That Time Forgot (1975), Trial by Combat (1976) and Jesus of Nazareth (1977). More recently, Roy played the part of Mr Hill in Pride & Prejudice (2005), and Gaffer Tom in Robin Hood (2010). Holder was born in Birmingham.
He plays in several celebrity golf tournaments throughout the year and is currently 1st team captain at his home club
His loveable attitude and shaggy hairstyle have made him one of East Molesey"s most popular celebrities. Roy also plays the part of Father Christmas at local primary schools.