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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.

Keiynan Lonsdale
Keiynan Lonsdale.jpg
Lonsdale in 2012
Born (1991-12-19) 19 December 1991 (age 27)
NationalityAustralian, Nigerian
Occupation
  • Actor
  • dancer
  • singer-songwriter
Years active2007–present
Musical career
Genres
Websitekeiynan-lonsdale.com

Early lifeEdit

Lonsdale was born in Sydney to a Nigerian father of Edo descent and an Australian mother of Irish and Danish descent.[3][4] 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.[5]

CareerEdit

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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 Jackson but this role was given to Franz Drameh.[9] 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.[10] In 2017, his character left The Flash and debuted on season three of Legends of Tomorrow.[11] That year, Lonsdale also appeared in an episode of Supergirl.[12]

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.[13] Upon release, the film received positive reviews from critics,[14] and was dubbed historically significant, as it is the first film ever released by a major studio to focus on a gay teenage romance.[15][16]

In 2019, Lonsdale starred in Camila Cabello's music video for "Liar".[17] 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 also released a single "Rainbow Dragon" in 2019.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

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.[19][20].

DiscographyEdit

Extended playsEdit

Title Album details
Higher Vol. 1[21]
  • Released: 6 October 2015
  • Format: Digital download

FilmographyEdit

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
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
2020 The Turning Jackson
TBA Work It TBA [22]
Television
Year Title Role Notes
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);[23][11] 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"[24]

Awards and NominationsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Category Result Ref.
2018 Love, Simon MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss (shared with Nick Robinson) Won [25]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Ship (shared with Nick Robinson) Nominated [26]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Keiynan Lonsdale's 'Kiss The Boy' is the sweet, queer love song we deserve". ProjectTV. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Keiynan Lonsdale, 'Preach' | Track Review". The Musical Hype. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Chatting with Keiynan Lonsdale, actor. I'm Uriah in INSURGENT. AMA! : IAmA". Reddit.com. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Keiynan Lonsdale on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 10 April 2018.[non-primary source needed]
  6. ^ "From MTV VJ to Insurgent star in nine months". NewsComAu. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Divergent Sequel Insurgent Casts Keiynan Lonsdale As Uriah". 20 June 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  9. ^ Garofalo, Alex. "'The Flash' Star Keiynan Lonsdale Previews Wally West Debut, Sibling Rivalry With Barry, And Reveals He Auditioned For Firestorm". International Business Times. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  10. ^ Goldman, Eric (5 August 2015). "The Flash: Wally West Cast for Season 2". IGN.com. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Keiynan Lonsdale Leaves The Flash for Legends of Tomorrow". TV Guide. 19 January 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Keiynan Lonsdale On 'Love, Simon' and the Joy of Leaving the Closet". 13 March 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  13. ^ "'Love, Simon' Star Keiynan Lonsdale Talks Coming Out on Set". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Love, Simon (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  15. ^ "'Love, Simon': Your first look at 2018's major studio gay teen romance". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  16. ^ Lang, Brent (9 March 2018). "'Love, Simon' Stars Say Gay Teen Romance Will Save Lives". Variety. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  17. ^ Calvario, Liz (11 September 2019). "Camila Cabello Drops Theatrical 'Liar' Music Video -- Watch". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  18. ^ Keiynan Lonsdale - Rainbow Dragon (Official Music Video), retrieved 6 October 2019
  19. ^ Rossi, Rosemary. "'Flash' Star Keiynan Lonsdale Comes Out as Bisexual in Candid Tweet". The Wrap. The Wrap News Inc. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  20. ^ "'Love, Simon' Breakout Keiynan Lonsdale Talks LGBTQ Representation in Hollywood & Kissing His Co-Star". Billboard. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  21. ^ 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'". International Business Times. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  22. ^ N'Duka, Amanda; N'Duka, Amanda (2 July 2019). "Jordan Fisher, Drew Ray Tanner, Michelle Buteau Join Sabrina Carpenter in Netflix Dance Comedy 'Work It'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  23. ^ Dino-Ray Ramos (5 June 2018). "Keiynan Lonsdale Not Returning as Series Regular on The Flash or Legends of Tomorrow". Deadline Hollywood.
  24. ^ "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Snatch Game of Love (TV Episode 2018) – IMDb, retrieved 17 August 2019
  25. ^ Schulman, Alissa (18 June 2018). "2018 MTV Movie & TV Award Winners". MTV News. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  26. ^ Evans, Greg (22 June 2018). "Teen Choice Awards: 'Black Panther', 'Solo', 'Riverdale' Lead Nominations – List". Deadline. Retrieved 22 June 2018.

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