Keiynan Lonsdale (born 19 December 1991) is an Australian actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter. He is known for roles such as Oliver Lloyd on the ABC series Dance Academy (2012–2013) and Wally West / Kid Flash on The CW series The Flash (2015–2018) and Legends of Tomorrow (2017–2018); and for film roles in The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015), The Finest Hours (2016), and Love, Simon (2018). He has also worked as an MTV VJ, and released original music recordings.
Lonsdale in 2012
19 December 1991
Lonsdale was born in Sydney, Australia to a Nigerian father of Edo descent and an Australian mother who is of Irish and Danish descent. He is the youngest of six children on his mother's side, with three brothers and two sisters, and one of seven from his father's side; in total he has eleven siblings.
Lonsdale got his first acting job in 2007, with a bit dancing part in the film Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance. The following year, he appeared in an episode of the Australian television medical drama All Saints.
Lonsdale became a recurring member of the cast of the Australian teen drama series Dance Academy in the 2012 second season; his character Oliver Lloyd became a regular in the third and final season.
He was a VJ on MTV for two and a half years. He released a single on iTunes titled "One and Only" in 2014. He then played a supporting role as Uriah Pedrad in The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015), the second film in the series. He briefly reprised the role in The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016). In 2016, his single "Higher" was included on Connor Franta's curated album Common Culture, volume 5. He next appeared in the historical drama The Finest Hours (2016) as Eldon Hanon, the youngest sailor involved in a rescue at sea.
In 2015, he auditioned for the role of Jefferson "Jax" Jackson but this role was given to Franz Drameh. Instead, Lonsdale was cast as Wally West (the previously unknown son of Joe West) on the CW's The Flash and became a regular supporting character in season two and as Kid Flash in season three. In 2017, his character left The Flash and debuted on season three of Legends of Tomorrow. That year, Lonsdale also appeared in an episode of Supergirl.
In 2018, Lonsdale starred as Bram in the film Love, Simon, based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli about a teenage boy who struggles to come out; Lonsdale has said that the role helped him come to terms with his own sexuality. Upon release, the film received positive reviews from critics, and was dubbed historically significant, as it is the first film ever released by a major studio to focus on a gay teenage romance.
Lonsdale has also released musical recordings, including "Higher" in 2015 and "Good Life" in 2017 and “Kiss The Boy” in 2018 and "Preach" in 2018.
Lonsdale came out as being attracted to people regardless of gender on social media in 2017. Although many news outlets initially reported that he was pansexual, Lonsdale prefers not to label his sexuality.
|Higher Vol. 1||
|2007||Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance||Miss Elizabeth's Dance Troupe|
|2015||The Divergent Series: Insurgent||Uriah Pedrad|
|2016||The Finest Hours||Eldon Hanon|
|2016||The Divergent Series: Allegiant||Uriah Pedrad|
|2017||Dance Academy: The Movie||Oliver Lloyd|
|2017||Like. Share. Follow.||Garrett|
|2018||Love, Simon||Bram Greenfeld|
|2008||All Saints||Corey||Episode: "Sons and Lovers"|
|2012–2013||Dance Academy||Oliver Lloyd||Recurring role (season 2); main role (season 3)|
|2015–2018||The Flash||Wally West / Kid Flash||Main role (seasons 2–4), special guest star (season 5)|
|2017–2018||Legends of Tomorrow||Wally West / Kid Flash||Main role (season 3); special guest star (2 episodes)|
|2017||Supergirl||Wally West / Kid Flash||Episode: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1"|
|2018||RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars 4||Himself||Guest Judge; episode: "Snatch Game of Love"|
Awards and NominationsEdit
|2018||Love, Simon||MTV Movie & TV Awards||Best Kiss (shared with Nick Robinson)||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Ship (shared with Nick Robinson)||Nominated|||
- "Chatting with Keiynan Lonsdale, actor. I'm Uriah in INSURGENT. AMA! : IAmA". Reddit.com. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
- Anderson, Tre'vell (20 March 2018). "'Love, Simon's' Keiynan Lonsdale on playing Kid Flash and LGBTQ representation in Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- "Keiynan Lonsdale on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
- "From MTV VJ to Insurgent star in nine months". NewsComAu. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
- "Divergent Sequel Insurgent Casts Keiynan Lonsdale As Uriah". 20 June 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
- "Instagram". Instagram. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
- Garofalo, Alex. "'The Flash' Star Keiynan Lonsdale Previews Wally West Debut, Sibling Rivalry With Barry, And Reveals He Auditioned For Firestorm". Ibtimes.com. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
- Goldman, Eric (5 August 2015). "The Flash: Wally West Cast for Season 2". IGN.com. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
- "Keiynan Lonsdale Leaves The Flash for Legends of Tomorrow". TVGuide.com. 19 January 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
- "Keiynan Lonsdale On 'Love, Simon' and the Joy of Leaving the Closet". 13 March 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
- "'Love, Simon' Star Keiynan Lonsdale Talks Coming Out on Set". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
- "Love, Simon (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
- "'Love, Simon': Your first look at 2018's major studio gay teen romance". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
- Lang, Brent (9 March 2018). "'Love, Simon' Stars Say Gay Teen Romance Will Save Lives". Variety. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
- Rossi, Rosemary. "'Flash' Star Keiynan Lonsdale Comes Out as Bisexual in Candid Tweet". The Wrap. The Wrap News Inc. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
- "'Love, Simon' Breakout Keiynan Lonsdale Talks LGBTQ Representation in Hollywood & Kissing His Co-Star". Billboard. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
- Garofalo, Alex. "'The Flash' Star Keiynan Lonsdale On His Music Career: Record Labels Said 'I Was Too Black For Pop And Not Black Enough For This'". Ibtimes.com. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
- Dino-Ray Ramos (5 June 2018). "Keiynan Lonsdale Not Returning as Series Regular on The Flash or Legends Of Tomorrow". Deadline Hollywood.
- Schulman, Alissa (18 June 2018). "2018 MTV Movie & TV Award Winners". MTV News. MTV. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
- Evans, Greg (22 June 2018). "Teen Choice Awards: 'Black Panther', 'Solo', 'Riverdale' Lead Nominations – List". Deadline. Retrieved 22 June 2018.