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Keiynan Lonsdale

Keiynan Lonsdale

Australian actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter
Keiynan Lonsdale
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Quick Facts

Intro Australian actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter
Is Actor Film actor Singer Dancer Television actor
From Australia
Type Dancing Film, TV, Stage & Radio Music
Gender male
Birth 19 December 1991, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Age 28 years
Star sign SagittariusSagittarius
Instruments:
Voice
Audio
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Biography

Keiynan Lonsdale (born 19 December 1991) is an Australian actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter. He is known for roles such as Oliver Lloyd on the ABC series Dance Academy (2012–2013) and Wally West / Kid Flash on The CW series The Flash (2015–2020) and Legends of Tomorrow (2017–2018); and for film roles in The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015), The Finest Hours (2016), and Love, Simon (2018). He has also worked as an MTV VJ, and released original music recordings.

Early life

Lonsdale was born in Sydney to a Nigerian father of Edo descent and an Australian mother of Irish and Danish descent. He is the youngest of six children on his mother's side, with three brothers and two sisters, and one of seven from his father's side; in total he has eleven siblings.

Career

Lonsdale got his first acting job in 2007, with a bit dancing part in the film Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance. The following year, he appeared in an episode of the Australian television medical drama All Saints. Lonsdale became a recurring member of the cast of the Australian teen drama series Dance Academy in the 2012 second season; his character, Oliver Lloyd, became a regular in the third and final season.

He was a VJ on MTV for two and a half years. He released a single on iTunes titled "One and Only" in 2014. He then played a supporting role as Uriah Pedrad in The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015), the second film in the series. He briefly reprised the role in The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016). In 2016, his single "Higher" was included on Connor Franta's curated album Common Culture, volume 5. He next appeared in the historical drama The Finest Hours (2016) as Eldon Hanon, the youngest sailor involved in a rescue at sea.

In 2015, he auditioned for the role of Jefferson Jackson but this role was given to Franz Drameh. Instead, Lonsdale was cast as Wally West (the previously unknown son of Joe West) on the CW's The Flash and became a regular supporting character in season two and as Kid Flash in season three. In 2017, his character left The Flash and debuted on season three of Legends of Tomorrow. That year, Lonsdale also appeared in an episode of Supergirl.

In 2018, Lonsdale starred as Bram in the film Love, Simon, based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli about a teenage boy who struggles to come out; Lonsdale has said that the role helped him come to terms with his own sexuality. Upon release, the film received positive reviews from critics, and was dubbed historically significant, as it is the first film ever released by a major studio to focus on a gay teenage romance.

In 2019, Lonsdale starred in Camila Cabello's music video for "Liar". Lonsdale has also released musical recordings, including "Higher" in 2015 and "Good Life" in 2017 and "Kiss The Boy" in 2018 and "Preach" in 2018. Lonsdale also released a single "Rainbow Dragon" in 2019.

Personal life

Lonsdale came out as being attracted to people regardless of gender on social media in 2017. Although many news outlets initially reported that he was pansexual, Lonsdale prefers not to label his sexuality.

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details
Rainbow Boy
  • Released: 29 May 2020
  • Format: Digital download, online streaming

Extended plays

Title Album details
Higher Vol. 1
  • Released: 6 October 2015
  • Format: Digital download

Singles

Title Year Album
"One and Only" 2014 Non-album single
"Higher" 2015 Higher Vol. 1
"Good Life" 2017 Non-album singles
"Kiss the Boy" 2018
"Preach"
"Rainbow Dragon" 2019 Rainbow Boy
"Gay Street Fighter" 2020

Awards and Nominations

Year Nominated work Award Category Result Ref.
2018 Love, Simon MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss (shared with Nick Robinson) Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Ship (shared with Nick Robinson) Nominated
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