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Taron David Egerton (/ˈɛʒərtən/; born 10 November 1989) is a Welsh actor and singer.[1][2] He gained 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).[3][4]

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, singer
Years active2011–present
Home townLlanfairpwllgwyngyll, Wales
Aberystwyth, Wales

Egerton portrayed Edward Brittain in the drama film Testament of Youth (2014), Edward "Mad Teddy" Smith in the crime thriller film Legend (2015), Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards in the biographical sports film Eddie the Eagle (2016), and Elton John in the musical biopic Rocketman (2019).

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Early lifeEdit

Taron David Egerton was born on 10 November 1989 in Birkenhead, Merseyside. His parents, Christina "Tina" Pound and David Egerton,[citation needed] are from Liverpool. His grandmother is Welsh.[5] He has two younger sisters.[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]

Egerton spent some of his early childhood on the Wirral Peninsula, and then moved with his family to Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, on the Welsh island of Anglesey, where he went to primary school.[5] Egerton moved to Aberystwyth when he was twelve. Although born in England, Egerton considers himself to be Welsh "through and through" and is fluent in the Welsh language.[5][8]

Egerton 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.

CareerEdit

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] 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.[13] In 2018, Egerton played the title character in Robin Hood.

In 2019, Egerton starred as musician Elton John in the biopic Rocketman, receiving positive reviews for his work.[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 lifeEdit

Egerton has stated that he finds an "umbrella in the rain" type of romance better than the Tinder and Twitter dating experiences common to his generation, sharing: "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.[17]

He is dating assistant director Emily Thomas and has been for more than two years.[18] He has said of her, "I have a camper van. My girlfriend also works in this industry, which means that we both struggle to kind of sync up time alone together, but one thing we do when do get that time is that we go camp together. And we listen to podcasts on a little speaker and drink Corona and [it’s] beautiful. That’s some of the happiest time of my life." He also likes to spend time with his friends from adolescence and his family, particularly to visit his parents.[19]

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."[20] 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…"[21] 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."[22] Having lost a grandmother to Motor neuron disease, Egerton is also an ambassador for the MND Association.[23]

FilmographyEdit

 
Egerton at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con

FilmEdit

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
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
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 Johnny (voice) 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
2021 Sing 2  Johnny (voice) Garth Jennings Filming

TelevisionEdit

Key
  Denotes series that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Lewis Liam Jay 2 episodes
2014 The Smoke Dennis "Asbo" Severs 8 episodes
2018 Watership Down El-Ahrairah (voice) 4 episodes
2019 Moominvalley Moomintroll (voice) 13 episodes
2019 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance  Rian (voice) 10 episodes

TheatreEdit

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

Music videosEdit

Year Song Artist Album
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)

AudiobooksEdit

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

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 London Film Festival Awards Best British Newcomer Testament of Youth Nominated
2015 Empire Awards Best Male Newcomer Kingsman: The Secret Service Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Breakout Star Nominated
Golden Schmoes Awards Breakthrough Performance of the Year Nominated
2016 British Academy Film Awards Rising Star Award Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Actor Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Drama Eddie the Eagle Nominated
2019 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Drama Rocketman Nominated
LA Online Film Critics Society Best Actor Won

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ a b c "Taron Egerton on The Jonathan Ross Show, said starting at 0:52". YouTube. 25 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Kids try to pronounce Taron Egerton's name! | Magic Weekend Breakfast". 24 November 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2019 – via Youtube.
  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. Archived from the original on 10 June 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  17. ^ no author, "Colin Firth And Taron Egerton On Tinder, Style & The State Of British Men", Shortlist magazine, 22 January 2015
  18. ^ Tatiana Siegel, "'Rocketman' Takes Flight: Inside Taron Egerton's Transformation Into Elton John (and, He Hopes, a Major Star)", The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May, 2019
  19. ^ Kirpi Uimonen Ballesteros, "HFPA in Conversation: Taron Egerton, Finding Elton John’s Groove", HFPA in Conversation, 29 May 2019
  20. ^ Vicky Roach, "Kingsman: The Secret Service stars Taron Egerton and Sophie Cookson reveal ‘before and after secrets’", News Australia, 4 February 2015
  21. ^ Chris Mandle, "We hung out with Taron Egerton and 5 pedigree dogs" Shortlist magazine, 13 September 2017
  22. ^ Nick Reilly, "Taron Egerton addresses fears that ‘Rocketman’ would straight-wash Elton John’s life" NME, 23 May 2019
  23. ^ no author, "Cumberbatch, Redmayne & Egerton support MND Association" Able Magazine', no date

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