Taron David Egerton (//; born 10 November 1989) is a Welsh actor and singer. He is the recipient of such accolades as a Golden Globe Award and has been nominated for two British Academy Film Awards, a Grammy Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Egerton at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Taron David Egerton
10 November 1989
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Home town||Aberystwyth, Wales|
He gained worldwide recognition for starring as Gary "Eggsy" Unwin in the action comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017). Egerton has also starred in several biopics, portraying Edward Brittain in the drama Testament of Youth (2014), Edward "Mad Teddy" Smith in the crime thriller Legend (2015), the titular character in the sports film Eddie the Eagle (2016), and singer-songwriter Elton John in the musical Rocketman (2019), for which he received critical praise and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Taron David Egerton was born on 10 November 1989 in Birkenhead, Merseyside, to parents from nearby Liverpool. His grandmother is Welsh. He has two younger sisters. His first name is a variation of taran, which means 'thunder' in Welsh. His father is a musician who used to run a bed-and-breakfast, and his mother is a social worker. His parents divorced when he was very young, and from then on he lived with his mother. He then moved with her to Llanfairpwllgwyngyll on the Welsh island of Anglesey, where he went to primary school.
Egerton moved to Aberystwyth when he was 12. As a child, he had an interest in animation and making sculptures as well as drawing. He began acting at the age of 15 after his friend convinced him to do a youth theatre programme. He says he was the "class clown" and acting seemed to be a better use of that energy. He attended Ysgol Penglais School before he went on to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he graduated with a BA (Hons) in acting in 2012. While there, he received the Stephen Sondheim Society's Student of the Year Award in 2011.
2011–2018: Debut and KingsmanEdit
Egerton made his acting debut in 2011 with a small role in two episodes of the ITV series Lewis as Liam Jay. Later, he was added to the main cast of the Sky1 series The Smoke. 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. The first movie's success launched Egerton into fame and resulted in him signing a three-movie contract with 20th Century Fox.
Egerton co-starred in Testament of Youth, based on the life of Vera Brittain, 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. Egerton voiced Johnny the gorilla in the animation film Sing in 2016. He was named one of GQ's 50 best-dressed British men in 2015 and 2016. In 2018, Egerton played the title character in Robin Hood.
2019–present: Rocketman and acclaimEdit
In 2019, Egerton starred as musician Elton John in the biopic Rocketman, receiving critical acclaim for his performance. It earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. In June 2019, Egerton performed a live duet of "Your Song" with Elton John at the opening night of the U.K. leg of John's farewell world tour Farewell Yellow Brick Road in Brighton & Hove.
Egerton has stated that he finds an "umbrella in the rain" type of romance better than the dating app experience common to his generation, stating: "Actually, I have asked a girl out Kamikaze-style. I stopped her on the Tube and said, 'I think you're gorgeous, I think we should go for a drink some time.' It's terrifying, but ultimately so much more rewarding." He later took half a day off from drama school to go on a date with her.
Egerton has spoken in favour of activist causes. In 2015, he responded to a question asked of a female co-star about misogyny: "I don't think things are changing fast enough—but you didn't seem to want to ask me that. It's not just a question for the women." He has also addressed his privilege as a white actor in Hollywood: "I'm the epitome of an actor who walks into a room and has the upper hand just because I'm a mid-twenties Caucasian male. How frustrating must the industry be for a person of colour?" Egerton has shown support for the LGBT community as well, stating in an interview about his performance in Rocketman, "Elton John's a gay icon. And who are we, as frankly heterosexual filmmakers, to not put that element of his story? How dare we. And that's not what we did." Having lost a grandmother to motor neuron disease, Egerton is also an ambassador for the MND Association.
|2012||Pop||Andy||Edward Hicks||Short film|
|2013||Hereafter||Tamburlaine||Johnny Kenton||Short film|
|2014||Testament of Youth||Edward Brittain||James Kent|
|Kingsman: The Secret Service||Gary "Eggsy" Unwin||Matthew Vaughn|
|2015||Legend||Edward "Mad Teddy" Smith||Brian Helgeland|
|2016||Eddie the Eagle||Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards||Dexter Fletcher|
|Sing||Johnny (voice)||Garth Jennings|
|2017||Love at First Sight||Matthew Nealson||Sing 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|
|2021||Sing 2||Johnny (voice)||Garth Jennings||Filming|
|2013||Lewis||Liam Jay||2 episodes|
|2014||The Smoke||Dennis "Asbo" Severs||8 episodes|
|2018||Watership Down||El-Ahrairah (voice)||4 episodes|
|2019 - present||Moominvalley||Moomintroll (voice)||13 episodes|
|2019||The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance||Rian (voice)||10 episodes|
|2005||Oliver!||Artful Dodger||Aberystwyth Arts Centre|
|2006||Beauty and the Beast||Le Fou||Aberystwyth Arts Centre|
|2011||The House of Special Purpose||Yakunin|
|2012||The Last of the Hausmanns||Danny||Royal National Theatre|
|Saturday Night||Gene Gorman|
|2013||No Quarter||Tommy||Royal Court Theatre|
|2015||The Breach||Lazy Habits||The Atrocity Exhibition|
|2019||(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again||Elton John, Taron Egerton||Rocketman: Music from the Motion Picture|
|2018||Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds: The Musical Drama||The Artilleryman||Audible|
|2020||The Sandman||John Constantine||Audible|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- Polowy, Kevin (13 February 2015). "Meet Taron Egerton: 12 Things to Know About the 'Kingsman' Breakout". Yahoo Movies. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
- 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.
- 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.
- Kroll, Justin (25 July 2013). "Matthew Vaughn Eyes Newcomer Taron Egerton for 'Secret Service'". variety.com. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- "Rocketman Taron Egerton triumphs at Golden Globes". 6 January 2020. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
- "Taron Egerton on The Jonathan Ross Show, said starting at 0:52". 25 January 2015 – via YouTube.
- "Kids try to pronounce Taron Egerton's name!". Magic Weekend Breakfast. 24 November 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2019 – via YouTube.
- "Meet Taron Egerton: 12 Things to Know About the Kingsman Breakout". Yahoo! Movies. 13 February 2015.
- "Taron Egerton, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014". Screen Daily.
- "Taron Egerton idolises Colin Firth". bangshowbiz. 16 September 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2019 – via pressfrom.info.
- 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.
- 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.
- "50 Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015". GQ. 5 January 2015.
- McNary, Dave (19 April 2018). "Taron Egerton to Play Elton John in Biopic 'Rocketman' at Paramount". Variety. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
- McClintock, Pamela (23 August 2018). "Elton John Biopic 'Rocketman' Shifts Summer 2019 Release Date". Billboard. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
- "Winners & Nominees 2020". www.goldenglobes.com. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
- "Golden Globes 2020: The Complete Nominations List". Variety. 9 December 2019. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
- Arron Hendy. "Stars come out for Elton John in Hove". The Argus. Newsquest Media Group Ltd. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
- MR PORTER. "Mr Taron Egerton". Mr Taron Egerton – The Look – The Journal – Issue 199 – 13 January 2015 – MR PORTER.
- no author, "Colin Firth And Taron Egerton On Tinder, Style & The State Of British Men", Shortlist magazine, 22 January 2015
- Vicky Roach, "Kingsman: The Secret Service stars Taron Egerton and Sophie Cookson reveal ‘before and after secrets’", News Australia, 4 February 2015
- Chris Mandle, "We hung out with Taron Egerton and 5 pedigree dogs" Shortlist magazine, 13 September 2017
- Nick Reilly, "Taron Egerton addresses fears that ‘Rocketman’ would straight-wash Elton John’s life" NME, 23 May 2019
- no author, "Cumberbatch, Redmayne & Egerton support MND Association" Able Magazine', no date
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