There’s many a good thesp come out of Wales – Catherine Zeta-Jones, Christian Bale, Sir Anthony Hopkins & Richard Burton to name but a few – and now there’s a hot new name joining the ranks.
Taron Egerton has graced our screens in two big cinema releases this month. First up, we saw him as Edward Brittain opposite Alicia Vikander (another notable rising star) in Testament of Youth, the film adaptation of Vera Brittain’s First World War memoirs. This week, we’re bang up-to-date with Kingsman: The Secret Service, in which Egerton plays Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin, a council estate kid who is taken under the wing of Harry Hart (Colin Firth), a veteran secret agent, in Matthew Vaughn’s film of the Mark Millar comic book.
So where has he been hiding? Well, he may be familiar to some viewers as Dennis ‘Asbo’ Severs in the Sky series ‘The Smoke’. Before that, he appeared in the Inspector Morse spin-off ‘Lewis’. However, he’s been acting for some time. The boy from Aberystwyth started out at his local arts centre before joining the National Youth Theatre and RADA. In 2011, he was named Stephen Sondheim Society ‘Student Performer of The Year’. Like most people from Wales (it seems!), he can actually sing and is a strong tenor.
The 25-year-old continues his wrong-side-of-the-tracks portrayals for Legend, directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Tom Hardy as both the legendary Kray Twins. Egerton plays Edward ‘Mad Teddy’ Smith, a local psychotic gangster, rumoured to have had affairs with both Ronnie Kray and a Labour MP. The thriller is due in UK cinemas 18th September, 2015.
However, Egerton is rumoured to be taking on the role of another real-life legend – the former would-be Olympian and national treasure, skier Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards.
We look forward to watching him soar!
Kingsman: The Secret Service is in cinemas nationwide.