Taron Egerton

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Taron Egerton
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Born
Taron David Egerton

(1989-11-10) 10 November 1989 (age 29)
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art (BA)
OccupationActor
Years active2011–present
Home townLlanfairpwllgwyngyll, Wales
Aberystwyth, Wales

Taron David Egerton (/ˈɛərtən/; born 10 November 1989) is a Welsh actor and singer.[1][2] He gained recognition for his roles in the British television series The Smoke, and the 2014 action comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service and its 2017 sequel.[3][4]

Egerton has also played Edward Brittain in the 2014 drama film Testament of Youth, appeared in the 2015 crime thriller film Legend, and starred as Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards in the 2016 biographical film Eddie the Eagle. In 2019, he portrayed musician Elton John in the biopic Rocketman to critical acclaim.

Early life[edit]

Taron David Egerton[5] was born on 10 November 1989 in Birkenhead, Merseyside, to his parents, Christina "Tina" Pound and his father David Egerton, from nearby Liverpool, his grandmother is Welsh.[6] His first name is a variation of taran, which means 'thunder' in the Welsh language, his father and family ran a bed-and-breakfast and his mother works in social services.[7] He spent some of his early childhood on the Wirral Peninsula, and moved with his family to Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, on the Welsh island of Anglesey, where he went to primary school.[6]

Egerton moved to Aberystwyth when he was 12. Although born in England, Egerton considers himself to be Welsh "through and through" and is fluent in the Welsh language,[6][8] he attended Ysgol Penglais School before he went on to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he graduated with a BA (Hons) Acting in 2012.[9] Egerton was awarded Stephen Sondheim Society’s Student of the Year 2011 in the academy.

Career[edit]

Egerton made his acting debut in 2011 with a small role in two episodes of the ITV series Lewis as Liam Jay.[4] Later, he was added to the main cast of the Sky1 series The Smoke.[3] Egerton played Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, the young protégé of Harry Hart (Colin Firth), in Matthew Vaughn's film Kingsman: The Secret Service and its sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle.[4] The first movie's success launched Egerton into fame and resulted in him signing a three-movie contract with 20th Century Fox.[10]

Egerton co-starred in Testament of Youth, based on the life of Vera Brittain,[11] and appeared in the two-part episode "The Ramblin' Boy" in the seventh series of Lewis as Liam Jay. In 2015, it was announced that Egerton would be starring in Billionaire Boys Club,[12] he was named one of GQ's 50 best-dressed British men in 2015 and 2016.[13] Egerton played as the voice of Johnny the gorilla in the animation film Sing in 2016. In 2018, Egerton played the title character in Robin Hood. In 2019, Egerton played Elton John in the biopic Rocketman.[14][15] In June 2019, Egerton performed a live duet of "Your Song" with Elton John at the opening night of the U.K. leg of Elton's farewell world tour Farewell Yellow Brick Road in Brighton & Hove.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Egerton has spoken clearly and eloquently about his stance on LGBT issues, both in front of and behind the camera. "I did not get into acting to just play people like me," he said, "I don't want to live in a world where straight people play straight people and gay people play gay people." After several media outlets picked up an Instagram post by Egerton complimenting one of his male friends, he clarified that although he is not gay, he will continue to support those around him who are. "I’m not gay but two of my mates came out when I was 15 and it was a joy to support them because, as a group, we are all secure in who we are."[17][18]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2012 Pop Andy Edward Hicks Short film
2013 Hereafter Tamburlaine Johnny Kenton Short film
2014 Testament of Youth Edward Brittain James Kent Nominated—London Film Festival for British Newcomer
Kingsman: The Secret Service Gary "Eggsy" Unwin Matthew Vaughn Won–Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer
Nominated—BAFTA Rising Star Award
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Breakout Star
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
2015 Legend Edward "Mad Teddy" Smith Brian Helgeland
2016 Eddie the Eagle Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards Dexter Fletcher Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Drama
Sing Johnny (voice) Garth Jennings
2017 Love at First Sight Johnny (voice) Benjamin Le Ster & Matthew Nealson Short film
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Gary "Eggsy" Unwin / Galahad Matthew Vaughn
2018 Billionaire Boys Club Dean Karny James Cox
Robin Hood Robin Hood Otto Bathurst
2019 Rocketman Elton John Dexter Fletcher
Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Lewis Liam Jay 2 episodes
2014 The Smoke Dennis "Asbo" Severs Main role
2018 Watership Down El-Ahrairah (voice) Miniseries
2019 Moominvalley Moomintroll (voice) Main role
2019 The Dark Crystal: Age of ResistanceNot yet released Rian (voice) Main role

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre
2012 The Last of the Hausmanns Danny Royal National Theatre
2013 No Quarter Tommy Royal Court Theatre

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song Album
2015 Lazy Habits "The Breach" The Atrocity Exhibition
2019 Elton John, Taron Egerton "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" Rocketman (Music from the Motion Picture)

Audiobooks[edit]

Year Title Role Production company
2018 Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds: The Musical Drama The Artilleryman Audible

References[edit]

  1. ^ Polowy, Kevin (13 February 2015). "Meet Taron Egerton: 12 Things to Know About the 'Kingsman' Breakout". Yahoo Movies. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  2. ^ Owens, Dave (4 January 2015). "'A star is born' – Welsh actor Taron Egerton receives the Seal of approval from Hollywood Bible Variety". Wales Online. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b Howell, Jordan (12 April 2013). "Jamie Bamber, Jodie Whittaker for Sky1 drama 'The Smoke'". imediamonkey.com. Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b c Kroll, Justin (25 July 2013). "Matthew Vaughn Eyes Newcomer Taron Egerton for 'Secret Service'". variety.com. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  5. ^ Taylor, Ben (4 March 2015). "5 things about... your new British crush Taron Egerton". Swide. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "Taron Egerton on The Jonathan Ross Show, said starting at 0:52". YouTube. 25 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Meet Taron Egerton: 12 Things to Know About the 'Kingsman' Breakout". Yahoo!. 13 February 2015.
  8. ^ MR PORTER. "Mr Taron Egerton". Mr Taron Egerton – The Look – The Journal – Issue 199 – 13 January 2015 – MR PORTER.
  9. ^ "Taron Egerton, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014". screendaily.com.
  10. ^ "Taron Egerton idolises Colin Firth". bangshowbiz. 16 September 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2019 – via pressfrom.info.
  11. ^ Ge, Linda (13 February 2014). "Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan and Alexandra Roach Join Alicia Vikander in 'Testament of Youth'". upandcomers.net. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  12. ^ Scott, Mike (11 November 2015). "Kevin Spacey's 'Billionaire's Boys Club,' WWE Studios' 'Brothers Blood' headed for New Orleans shoots". nola.com. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  13. ^ "50 Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015". GQ. 5 January 2015.
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (19 April 2018). "Taron Egerton to Play Elton John in Biopic 'Rocketman' at Paramount". Variety. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  15. ^ McClintock, Pamela (23 August 2018). "Elton John Biopic 'Rocketman' Shifts Summer 2019 Release Date". Billboard. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  16. ^ Arron Hendy. "Stars come out for Elton John in Hove". The Argus. Newsquest Media Group Ltd. Retrieved 10 June 2019. |archive-url= is malformed: save command (help)
  17. ^ "'Rocketman' Takes Flight: Inside Taron Egerton's Transformation Into Elton John (and, He Hopes, a Major Star)". The Hollywood Reporter. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  18. ^ Cooper, Mariah (21 November 2018). "Actor Taron Egerton clarifies his sexuality". Washington Blade. Retrieved 30 May 2019.

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