Taron David Egerton (born 10 November 1989) is a Welsh actor.
He's known primarily for his role as Gary "Eggsy" Unwin in Kingsman: The Secret Service, a live action adaptation of the Mark Millar comic series it shares a name with. He reprised the role in Kingsman: The Golden Circle in 2017.
- Lewis (2013) as Liam Jay
- The Smoke (2014) as Dennis "Asbo" Severs
- Testament Of Youth (2014) as Edward Brittain
- Kingsman (2015 — present) as Gary "Eggsy" Unwin:
- Legend (2015) as Edward "Mad Teddy" Smith
- Eddie the Eagle (2016) as Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards
- Sing (2016) as Johnny (voice)
- Sing 2 (2021)
- Billionaire Boys Club (2018) as Dean Karny
- Robin Hood (2018) as Robin Hood
- Watership Down (2018) as El-Ahrairah (voice)
- Rocketman (2019) as Elton John
- Moominvalley (2019) as Moomintroll (voice)
- The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019) as Rian (voice)
He provides examples of:
- "Awesome McCool" Name: He's called Thunder ("Taran" being a Welsh word for thunder)!
- Beauty Mark: On his neck.
- The Cast Show Off: He's an excellent singer, having been part of his training in drama school. He won't miss a chance to sing in interviews and has played main characters in two movies who sing, while showing interest in doing even more.
- Costume Drama: It comes with Period Piece roles. Robin Hood can be categorized as such, although its costuming incorporates modern elements.
- Even the Guys Want Him: He has plenty of male admirers in addition to his massive female fanbase, (some LGBT, others not) due to a few gay roles and, of course, by virtue of being a very, very handsome man.
- Fake Nationality:
- Hidden Depths: Liked to draw and sculpt before he shifted his concentration towards performing. (His aptitude for drawing seems to not have suffered largely, going by a deft sketch of Kingsman: The Golden Circle cast member and real-life friend Pedro Pascal he made.) He's shown great enthusiasm for a variety of films, with an appreciation for animated ones (naming Pixar and Illumination Entertainment's Despicable Me as among his favorites) since his childhood. Meeting one of Inside Out's directors (who gifted him with a hand-drawn sketch of Inside Out characters Joy and Sadness that he reportedly keeps framed in his home) left Egerton more starstruck than any big-name actor has, according to him. As for his impressive singing voice, the list of people surprisednote includes Sing (2016) helmer Garth Jennings ("The only person we didnt know could sing at the outset was Taron, but he auditioned for us. He sang a cappella in our studio and he was just phenomenal. [...]It was so moving and brilliant that I thought: Even if a shred of that comes through in the movie, we have got to go with this.") and a Collider.com interviewer who told him he was "kind of an a-hole" for being so talented.Collider.com interviewer: I mean, you can act, you can sing, you know what I mean? I'm like, what? Are you a doctor in your spare time?Egerton: [joking] Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) no, I wish I was doing something that noble.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: He likes dogs, but he likes cats as well. Celebrities (e.g. Colin Firth and the head of clothier Turnbull & Asser) and fans alike affirm that he's very polite and humble to boot.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Most of his roles are heroic and he has the facial features to match. No less than Jamie Foxx has commented on it.Jamie: Taron Egerton, man. He kills this shit. He looks so great as Robin Hood, that fucking jawline. Good-looking motherfucker.
- Mr. Fanservice: With every new Kingsman, there are some eminent publications that pick apart the film scathingly, but can't help bringing up that although they hate said film (or should), that Taron Egerton is handsome. Even business and economy newsletter Financial Times. It's gotten downright amusing come the Vanity Fair article, which features detailed contempt for the sequel but announces the staff's crush in big letters (i.e. the title).Financial Times (2015): Newcomer juvenile lead Taron Egerton handsome, bright, Welsh has promise. He should be moved in the direction of a good movie.The Guardian (2015): Savile Row suits, old school ties, and a lethal way with a weaponised umbrella: why must British screen spies be so posh? Stuart Jeffries opens the dossier on our not-so-secret obsession with class[....] There is a parallel genius in the casting. Taron Egerton is lantern-jawed, with Mens Health muscle definition and fetchingly symmetrical features that distinguish him from his frankly troll-like, convincingly English underclass coevals. All of this serves his dual narrative arcs as Brit prole transcending his class and the kind of deracinated buff maverick hero who beats the other guys on a level playing field.Variety (2017): So, if Harrys the second-best thing about Kingsman, whats the first, you ask? Well, that would be Eggsy himself, as played by model-handsome Welsh actor Taron Egerton, whose jawline is so sharp you could practically chop wood with it.Vanity Fair (2017): Something about his impish good looks, his characters chav-to-suave Eliza Doolittle narrative, the streak of sensitivity hes not afraid to let glimmer in the klieg lights . . . yeah, it works on me. Im only human. Which is all to say, its possible I like the Kingsman movies more because its a kick to watch my lil movie crush do his thing, and less because theyre, yknow, worthy action-adventure films. I am willing to consider that possibility, just as all critics should. After all, isnt that largely the point of casting impossibly good-looking actorsso the audience is that much more drawn to a movie, that much more easily won to its cause? Its perhaps the oldest and most foundational Hollywood practice of them all. [...]I should hate the Kingsman moviesespecially this new sequel (opening September 22)[...]. Surely, then, I enjoyed the film simply because Im some sad gross-o lusting after the films lead. That has to be it! Because what else is there to like? [...]And yetregrettably, sheepishlyI did have fun anyway. (I even chuckled a few times, and I almost never laugh out loud at moviesunless its Home Again.) Sure, because Egerton, sigh, cuts a dashing figure with a healthy dose of humility and a killer smile. Sue me! Youll probably win in critic court."Taron Egerton, we're here for you." (review tagline)
- My Nayme Is: His name, "Taron", is a misspelling of the Welsh name "Taran", which means "lightning".
- Nice Guy: Colin Firth has said he's very polite, very kind, and very sensitive (though with a fondness for good-natured teasing). He also comes across as very humble and very grounded. In a recent interview, he maintained that he doesn't feel like a celebrity.
- Self-Deprecation: It's sometimes more serious, with him occasionally going on record to critique his own performances.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: GQ named him one of their best-dressed men of 2015 and 2016.
- Squee!: Since his first movie role, he's been working with big stars and respected actors and he never lets anyone forget how much he admires them. Most notable with Colin Firth and Hugh Jackman.
- Star-Making Role: Following quality local theater work, a duo of TV projects, and (released prior but shot after) historical war drama Testament of Youth, he gained international exposure as Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, protagonist of Kingsman: The Secret Service. Reviewers, even including ones who didn't like Kingsman itself much, took note of his talent, good looks, and charisma.
- Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Has repeated phrases/sentences well in German, Swedish (in Kingsman: The Golden Circle), and Korean. The latter example prompted the interviewer to ask him if he was secretly fluent in Korean. (Incidentally, the answer is "no". As far as what is publicly known, he isn't fluent in the three aforementioned languages, but has a great ear for accents and does know conversational Welsh.)
- Typecasting: Defied, as discussed in the film magazine Empire.Empire: [Dexter] Fletcher admits he was initially hesitant to cast Egerton. "I thought Taron was way too good-looking to play Eddie," he says. So producer Matthew Vaughn, supremely confident he had the right man for the job, flew the actor to New York for a screen test with Jackman that finally convinced the director. "He put his jaw ever so slightly forward and had these glasses that magnified his eyes and it was like, Wow, there he is. Hes not just a fast-car-driving, martini-drinking, women-bedding hero. He has more range than that.Egerton: Ive been offered quite a few rude boys of late. "Oh, you think Im this, do you? Well, Im actually this." Eddie was a great way of doing that. Its a nice opportunity to do something thats very un-Eggsy. Eddies altogether more delicate. Hes a bit more of an innocent.
- Unkempt Beauty: When he isn't clad in sophisticated outfits. Case in point, Sing has brought on numerous promotional interviews that feature Taron with rather frayed hair and wearing simple T-shirts. Despite the absence of elaborate styling, his face still is gorgeous. It's widely remarked-upon: The top comment on an upload by YouTube channel Flicks and the City, for example, is regarding Taron's jawline, cheekbones, and extreme handsomeness.
- What Could Have Been:
- He was in the running to portray young Han Solo in Solo, but was passed over because he's already the lead in multiple upcoming franchise pictures and the Star Wars producers felt that he wouldn't be able to give the role the time and focus they wanted.
- He was approached for the role of Scott Summers in X-Men: Apocalypse, but turned down the offer to star in Eddie the Eagle, despite being a fan of the X-Men franchise.