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Keiynan Lonsdale (born December 19, 1991) is an Australian actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter. He is known for his television roles as dance student Oliver Lloyd on the ABC series Dance Academy (2012–2013) and Wally West / Kid Flash on The CW series The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow (beginning 2015); 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, Australia, to a Nigerian father of the Edo people, and an Australian mother who is 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 11 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 "Jax" Jackson—a recurring character introduced in the second season of the CW's The Flash—but this role was given to Franz Drameh. Instead, Lonsdale was cast as Wally West, the previously unknown son of the hero's foster father, who became a regular supporting character as Kid Flash. In 2017, his character left The Flash and debuted on 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.

Lonsdale has also released musical recordings, including "Higher" in 2015 and "Good Life" in 2017 and “Kiss The Boy” in 2018.

Personal life

Lonsdale came out publicly on through means of an Instagram post in 2017, later clarifying in a 2018 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, that he prefers not to label his sexuality, and identifies primarily as queer.

Discography

Extended plays

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

Music videos

Year Title Album Director
2015 "Higher" Higher Vol. 1

Elliot Knight

2017 "Good Life" N/A

Songs

Title Year Album
"Higher" 2015 Higher, Vol. 1
"F$ck With Your Mind" 2015 Higher, Vol. 1

"How Love Is"

(ft. Sinta)

2015 Higher, Vol. 1
"I.." 2015 Higher, Vol. 1
"Lay It on Me"

(with Kasbo)

2017 Places We Don't Know
"Good Life" 2017 N/A

"Royal Blood"

(with Louis Futon)

2017 N/A
"Kiss the Boy" 2018 N/A

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role
2007 Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance Miss Elizabeth's Dance Troupe
2015 The Divergent Series: Insurgent Uriah Pedrad
2016 The Finest Hours Eldon Hanon
2016 The Divergent Series: Allegiant Uriah Pedrad
2017 Dance Academy: The Movie Oliver Lloyd
2017 Like.Share.Follow. Garrett
2018 Love, Simon Bram Greenfeld
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2008 All Saints Corey Episode: "Sons and Lovers"
2012–13 Dance Academy Oliver Lloyd 26 episodes
2015–2017 The Flash Wally West / Kid Flash Series regular (Season 2–4)
2017–present Legends of Tomorrow Series Regular (Season 3); Special Guest Star (2 episodes)
2017 Supergirl Episode: "Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1"

Awards and Nominations

Year Association Category Film Result
2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards Best Kiss (shared with Nick Robinson) Love, Simon Won

References