Taron David Egerton, born November 10, 1989, is a Welsh actor and singer. He’s known for his roles in the British television series The Smoke and the 2014 action comedy movie Kingsman: The Secret Service. Take a look below for 24 more interesting and fascinating facts about Taron Egerton.
1. He was born in Birkenhead, Merseyside, to parents from nearby Liverpool.
2. His grandmother is Welsh.
3. His first name is a variation of “taran,” which means “thunder” in the Welsh language.
4. Egerton’s father and family ran a bed-and-breakfast and his mother works in social services.
5. He spent 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 years old.
7. Although born in England, Egerton considers himself to be Welsh, “through and through,” speaks with a Welsh accent, and is conversant in the Welsh language, albeit admitting that his Welsh isn’t as good as it previously was.
8. He attended Ysgol Penglais School before he went on to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting, in 2012.
9. Egerton made his acting debut in 2011 with a small role in two episodes of the ITV series Lewis as Liam Jay.
10. Later on in his career, he joined the main cast of the Sky1 series The Smoke.
11. He played Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, the young protege of Harry Hart, in Matthew Vaughn’s movie Kingsman: The Secret Service and its sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
12. The success of the first Kingsman movie launched Egerton into fame and signed him into a three movie contract with 20th Century Fox.
13. Egerton co-starred in Testament of Youth, based on the life of Vera Brittain.
14. He appeared in the two-part episode “The Ramblin’ Boy” in the seventh series of Lewis as Liam Jay.
15. In 2015, it was announced that Egerton would be starring in the movie Billionaire Boys Club.
16. He was named one of GQ’s 50 best dressed British men in 2015 and 2016.
17. Egerton auditioned for the role of Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse, but was turned down.
18. Egerton fell in love with acting as a teenager after performing in his first production, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, in which he played Flute, the cross-dressing Mechanical.
19. The first movie he saw in theaters was Bambi.
20. He won the Stephen Sondheim Society “Student Performer of the Year” 2011 award when he was 21 years old.
21. He’s a member of the National Youth Theater.
22. Egerton follows the soccer club Manchester United very closely.
23. Having grown up in Welsh speaking areas, Anglesey and Ceredigion, Taron has acquired a good knowledge of conversational Welsh and had a “Welshoff” with Luke Evans on the Jonathan Ross show.
24. He admitted on the set of Eddie The Eagle that he was impressed with his co-star Hugh Jackman’s physique. He said, “Hugh Jackman has got guns to die for. Have you seen his arms? They are bigger than my head!”