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Taron Egerton
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Egerton in 2019
Born (1989-11-10) 10 November 1989 (age 34)
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation Actor
Years active 2012–present
Awards Full list

Taron Egerton (/ˈɛərtən/ ej-ƏR-tən; 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 spy recruit Gary "Eggsy" Unwin 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. In 2022, Egerton starred in the miniseries Black Bird.

Early life

Egerton was born on 10 November 1989 in Birkenhead, Merseyside. His mother worked in social services, while his father ran a bed-and-breakfast near Liverpool; both of them are Liverpool natives. Although born in England, Egerton considers himself to be Welsh "through and through" and is fluent in both Welsh and English. His first name means "thunder" in Welsh. He has two younger half-sisters.

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. The family then relocated to Aberystwyth when he was 12 years old. The move brought him loneliness due to losing childhood friends. He began acting at age 15, which he explained was "as much about trying to be social and make friends as it was an interest in acting". He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which he graduated in 2012.


Early work and Kingsman films (2012–2018)

Egerton at the 2018 Global Education and Skills Forum

Egerton performed in a stage production of the play The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre in London in 2012. 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. 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. 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. Writing for TheWrap, James Rocchi deemed Egerton to be "a naturally charismatic presence with smarts behind his smile" as Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, a recruit for an espionage organisation. Egerton rose to fame with the role. He starred in the crime film Legend that same year.

At the 69th British Academy Film Awards in 2016, Egerton received a nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. In the same year, he played ski-jumper Eddie the Eagle in the eponymous biographical sports film and voiced Johnny, a passionate gorilla, in the animated musical film Sing. 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 drew a mixed response from critics. In 2018, he starred in the crime drama film Billionaire Boys Club and played the title character in the action-adventure film Robin Hood. Both films were failures commercially and with critics. Egerton later specified that Robin Hood was not the film he had signed up to create and that it had "lost its vision." He attributed his involvement in Billionaire Boys Club and Robin Hood to monetary reasons.

Recognition (2019–present)

Egerton starred as singer Elton John in the biographical musical film Rocketman. He learned to play the piano for the part and sang live in each take during filming. The film was released in May 2019, receiving positive reviews, and the actor's portrayal of John earned praise. 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". Egerton won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance. 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. That same year, Egerton narrated the audiobook version of John's autobiography, Me, and the two performed on stage together several times.

Also in 2019, Egerton voiced Moomintroll in the animated series Moominvalley and Rian in the fantasy series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. He reprised the role of Johnny in Sing 2, which released December 2021. Egerton starred in the play Cock by Mike Bartlett. Directed by Marianne Elliott and held at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End, the production marked his West End debut. After missing performances due to fainting on stage during the first night of performances in March 2022 and testing positive for COVID-19 later that month, Egerton exited for "personal reasons" the following month. The production of Cock garnered mixed critical reception, with Egerton's performance gaining praise. The Guardian's Arifa Akbar wrote he "is especially affecting in his romantic desperation".

..... It premiered on Apple TV+ in July 2022. Reviewing the series, Saloni Gajjar of The A.V. Club found that Egerton "aces Jimmy's duality while switching from being overtly confident to silently breaking down". Egerton is set to play entrepreneur Henk Rogers in the biographical film Tetris and return as Eggsy in the fourth installment in the Kingsman film franchise. He is attached to star in the thriller film Carry-On.

Public image and personal life

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

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

Acting credits


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014 Testament of Youth Edward Brittain
2015 Kingsman: The Secret Service Gary "Eggsy" Unwin
Legend Edward "Mad Teddy" Smith
2016 Eddie the Eagle Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards
Sing Johnny (voice)
2017 Kingsman: The Golden Circle Gary "Eggsy" Unwin
2018 Billionaire Boys Club Dean Karny
Robin Hood Robin Hood
2019 Rocketman Elton John
2021 Sing 2 Johnny (voice)
rowspan="2" 0TBA Tetris Henk Rogers Post-production
Carry-On Ethan Kopek Filming


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Lewis Liam Jay 2 episodes
2014 The Smoke Dennis "Asbo" Severs
2018 Watership Down El-Ahrairah (voice) Miniseries
2019–2020 Moominvalley Moomintroll (voice)
2019 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Rian (voice)
2022 Black Bird Jimmy Keene Miniseries; also executive producer


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2012 The Last of the Haussmans Danny Royal National Theatre
2013 No Quarter Tommy Royal Court Theatre
2022 Cock M Ambassadors Theatre

Music videos

Year Song Artist Ref.
2015 "The Breach" Lazy Habits
2019 "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" Elton John, Taron Egerton


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2019 Me Narrator Audiobook
2020 The Sandman John Constantine Audio series


Soundtrack albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications

(with Elton John)
  • Released: 24 May 2019
  • Label: EMI, Interscope
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
5 6 38 55 67 81 9 4
  • BPI: Gold
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Guest appearances

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Thrill Me" 2016 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Hugh Jackman Fly (Songs Inspired by the Film Eddie the Eagle)
"The Way I Feel Inside" None Sing: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
"I'm Still Standing"
"Let's Go Crazy" 2022 Tori Kelly, Reese Witherspoon, Nick Kroll Sing 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
"Where the Streets Have No Name" Tori Kelly, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Nick Kroll
"There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" Tori Kelly
"A Sky Full of Stars" None
"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" Keke Palmer, Tori Kelly, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson


Egerton has won a Golden Globe Award for his role in Rocketman. He has also garnered a Grammy Award nomination for his work on its soundtrack. 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.

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