Taron Egerton

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Taron Egerton
Taron Egerton by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Egerton in 2019
Born (1989-11-10) 10 November 1989 (age 31)
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationActor
Years active2012–present
AwardsFull list

Taron Egerton (/ˈɛərtən/ EJ-ər-tən;[1] born 10 November 1989) is a Welsh actor. He is the recipient of a Golden Globe Award, and has received nominations for a Grammy Award and two British Academy Film Awards.

Born in Birkenhead, England, Egerton began acting at age 15 and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2012. He gained recognition for his starring role as a spy recruit in the action comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017). He has also starred in several biographical films, portraying military officer Edward Brittain in the drama Testament of Youth (2014), the titular ski-jumper in the sports film Eddie the Eagle (2016), and singer Elton John in the musical Rocketman (2019), the lattermost of which earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

Early life[edit]

Egerton was born on 10 November 1989 in Birkenhead, Merseyside.[2][3] His mother worked in social services, while his father ran a bed-and-breakfast near Liverpool,[4] both of them being Liverpool natives.[5] Although born in England, Egerton considers himself to be Welsh "through and through" and is fluent in both Welsh and English.[6][7] His first name is a variation of taran, which means "thunder" in Welsh.[4] He has two younger half-sisters.[4]

Egerton's parents divorced when he was two, and he subsequently moved with his mother to the Welsh island of Anglesey, where he went to primary school.[3][5] The family then moved to Aberystwyth when he was 12 years old.[3] He began acting at age 15.[8] He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which he graduated in 2012.[8]

Career[edit]

2012–2018: Early work and Kingsman films[edit]

Egerton performed in a stage production of the play The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre in London in 2012.[9] After appearing in the crime drama series Lewis, he was cast as the lead in Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service, an action comedy film adaptation of the comic book The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, in 2013.[5][10] He portrayed British Army officer Edward Brittain in the 2014 biographical drama film Testament of Youth, earning a nomination for Best British Newcomer at the BFI London Film Festival.[11][12] Kingsman: The Secret Service was released in 2015, garnering highly favorable reviews that described it as "fun, stylish and subversive" as well as grossing over $400 million.[13][14] Writing for TheWrap, James Rocchi deemed Egerton "a naturally charismatic presence with smarts behind his smile" as Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, an espionage organisation recruit.[15] Egerton rose to fame with the role.[5]

At the 69th British Academy Film Awards in 2016, Egerton received a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award.[16] That same year, he played ski-jumper Eddie the Eagle in the eponymous sports biopic and voiced Johnny, a passionate gorilla, in the animated musical film Sing.[5][17] Egerton reprised the role of Eggsy in the film Kingsman: The Golden Circle, a sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, released the following year. It garnered a mixed critical response.[18] In 2018, he played the title character in the action-adventure film Robin Hood and starred in the crime drama film Billionaire Boys Club.[19][20] Both films were panned by critics.[21][22] Egerton later specified that Robin Hood was not the film he had signed up to create and that it had "lost its vision."[22]

2019–present: Rocketman and acclaim[edit]

Egerton starred as singer Elton John in the biographical musical film Rocketman. The film was released in May 2019, receiving positive reviews, and Egerton's portrayal of John earned praise.[23][24] The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday opined that Egerton "exerts a steadying, singularly charismatic force" in the role, while Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair described his portrayal as "nuanced and emotionally intelligent while still loose, carried with verve and agility".[25][26] He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance.[27] He also garnered a British Academy Film Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media for his work on the film's soundtrack.[28][29][30] In June 2019, Egerton performed "Your Song" live with John in Hove during John's final tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road.[31]

Also in 2019, Egerton voiced Moomintroll in the animated series Moominvalley and Rian in the fantasy series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.[32][33]

Egerton will reprise the role of Johnny in Sing 2, a sequel to Sing. It is scheduled for a December 2021 release.[34] He will play entrepreneur Henk Rogers in the biographical film Tetris.[35] He is also set to star as James "Jimmy" Keene, an American drug dealer, in In with the Devil, a limited series adaptation of Keene's novel In with the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption.[36]

Public image and personal life[edit]

Egerton was named one of British GQ's 50 best-dressed British men in 2015 and 2016.[37][38]

Egerton lives in West London.[4] He describes himself as having come from a working-class background.[39] Having lost a grandmother to motor neurone disease, he is an ambassador for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.[7][40]

Acting credits[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 Testament of Youth Edward Brittain [11]
2015 Kingsman: The Secret Service Gary "Eggsy" Unwin [5]
Legend Edward "Mad Teddy" Smith [4]
2016 Eddie the Eagle Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards [5]
Sing Johnny (voice) [17]
2017 Kingsman: The Golden Circle Gary "Eggsy" Unwin [18]
2018 Billionaire Boys Club Dean Karny [21]
Robin Hood Robin Hood [22]
2019 Rocketman Elton John [29]
2021 Sing 2 Johnny (voice) In production [34]
TBA Tetris Henk Rogers Post-production [35]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Lewis Liam Jay 2 episodes [10]
2014 The Smoke Dennis "Asbo" Severs Main role [12]
2018 Watership Down El-Ahrairah (voice) Miniseries [41]
2019–2020 Moominvalley Moomintroll (voice) Main role [32]
2019 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Rian (voice) Main role [33]

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2012 The Last of the Haussmans Danny Royal National Theatre [9]
2013 No Quarter Tommy Royal Court Theatre [42]

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Ref.
2019 "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" Elton John, Taron Egerton [43]

Other[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2020 The Sandman John Constantine Audio series [44]

Accolades[edit]

Egerton has won a Golden Globe Award for his role in Rocketman.[27] He has also garnered a Grammy Award nomination for his work on its soundtrack.[29] He has been nominated by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for the BAFTA Rising Star Award and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.[16][28]

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