Taron Egerton facts: Meet the Rocketman star who plays Elton John

4 February 2020, 12:16 | Updated: 4 February 2020, 12:21

Taron Egerton
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Taron Egerton hit new heights in 2019, when he took on the role of Sir Elton John in the musical biopic Rocketman.

He first found success as 'Eggsy' in the action movie franchise Kingsman: The Secret Service, and has since become something of a household name, and won a Golden Globe for playing Elton in Rocketman.

Here's everything you need to know about the rising star:

  1. Taron Egerton age: how old is he and where is he from?

    Taron Egerton was born on November 10th, 1989. He celebrated his 30th birthday in 2019.

    Although he was born in England, he moved to Wales at a young age and considers himself to be Welsh "through and through".

  2. Taron Egerton height: how tall is he?

    Taron measures in at 1.75m (5ft 9in).

  3. Taron Egerton films: what has he been in?

    Taron Egerton in Kingsman
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    Egerton first gained significant success as the unassuming leading man of Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014). He has since been a part of many successful films, including:

    Legend (2015) – Nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award
    Eddie the Eagle (2016)
    Sing (2016)
    Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
    Robin Hood (2018)

  4. Taron Egerton in Rocketman: how did he land the Elton John role?

    Egerton plays Sir Elton John in the biopic on his life, Rocketman. The film was released on May 24, 2019.

    Here's everything you need to know about Elton John biopic Rocketman >

    Elton said that he was "blown away" by Taron's singing voice and he encouraged the British actor to put his own spin on his most famous material in the film.

    Take a look at the first transformation photos of Taron as Elton John >

    He even learned to play the piano in preparation for the film and shared a clip on his Instagram.

    View this post on Instagram

    Hello, Instagram. Practicing... #Rocketman @EltonJohn

    A post shared by Taron Egerton (@taron.egerton) on

    Taron won a Golden Globe for his performance, and was also nominated for a BAFTA.

  5. Can Taron Egerton really sing?

    SING Song "I'm Still Standing" 😍 Taron Egerton as Johnny HD

    It's no surprise with his upcoming role as Elton John that Taron really can sing.

    He first demonstrated his skills in the animation Sing (2016) where he played Johnny, a gorilla who dreamed of leaving the family mobster business in pursuit of becoming a singer.

    He also performed a track in his movie Eddie the Eagle, teaming up with co-star Hugh Jackman on a song written by Gary Barlow and OMD's Andy McCluskey.

    The star released a single from the film, 'Rocketman' where, like his portrayal in the film, he puts his own spin on Elton John's iconic song.

    Taron Egerton - Rocket Man (Official Video)

  6. Is Taron Egerton single?

    Taron Egerton and Emily Thomas in 2018
    Taron Egerton and Emily Thomas in 2018. Picture: Getty

    In February 2019, Taron Egerton confirmed his relationship with long-term girlfriend Emily Thomas, following a brief split in 2018.

    The pair were see together at the BAFTAS and Elton John's AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party.