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Taron David Egerton (born 10 November 1989) is a Welsh actor and singer.[1][2] He is known for his roles in the British television series The Smoke and the 2014 action comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service.[3][4] He has also played Edward Brittain in the 2014 drama film Testament of Youth, appeared in the 2015 crime thriller film Legend, starred as Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards in the 2016 biographical film Eddie the Eagle, voiced Johnny in the 2016 animated musical film Sing, and reprised his role in the 2017 Kingsman sequel, The Golden Circle.

Taron Egerton
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Born
Taron David Egerton

(1989-11-10) 10 November 1989 (age 29)
ResidenceMuswell Hill, London, England
Occupation
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active2011–present

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Early lifeEdit

Taron David Egerton[5] was born on 10 November 1989 in Birkenhead, Merseyside, to parents 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 conversant in the Welsh language, albeit admitting that his Welsh is not as good as it previously was.[6][8][9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

Egerton co-starred in Testament of Youth, based on the life of Vera Brittain,[12] 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.[13] He was named one of GQ's 50 best-dressed British men in 2015 and 2016.[14] In 2018, Egerton was picked to play Elton John in the 2019 biopic Rocketman.[15][16]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

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 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) Christophe Lourdelet & 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 Filming
Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released

TelevisionEdit

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 Resistance  Rian (voice) Main role

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 Artist Song Album
2015 Lazy Habits "The Breach" The Atrocity Exhibition

AudiobooksEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "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. ^ "Egerton's bio as of December 24, 2014".
  9. ^ MR PORTER. "Mr Taron Egerton". Mr Taron Egerton - The Look - The Journal - Issue 199 - 13 January 2015 - MR PORTER.
  10. ^ "Taron Egerton, UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014". screendaily.com.
  11. ^ Celebretainment, By. "Taron Egerton idolises Colin Firth". Green Valley News. Retrieved 2017-09-17.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Scott, Mike (November 11, 2015). "Kevin Spacey's 'Billionaire's Boys Club,' WWE Studios' 'Brothers Blood' headed for New Orleans shoots". nola.com. Retrieved December 11, 2015.
  14. ^ "50 Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015". GQ. 5 January 2015.
  15. ^ McNary, Dave (2018-04-19). "Taron Egerton to Play Elton John in Biopic 'Rocketman' at Paramount". Variety. Retrieved 2018-08-24.
  16. ^ "Elton John Biopic 'Rocketman' Shifts Summer 2019 Release Date". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-08-24.

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