Kingston mixes with the stars
A MIDDLESBROUGH youngster is preparing for life in the spotlight after scooping a role in a Hollywood blockbuster – working alongside actor Ryan Gosling.
Ten-year-old Kingston Taylor, pictured, won a role in Blade Runner 2049 as the “boy with one ear”.
The sequel to Ridley Scott’s cult sci-fi film includes a big names such as Harrison Ford who returns in his original role as Rick Deckard.
And for the primary schoolboy the part has meant not only rubbing shoulders with Hollywood greats but an all expenses paid, luxury trip to Budapest for the filming of his scenes.
The experience was a learning curve for the youngster. Kingston said: “On the movie set I liked to see what it’s like behind the scenes.”
Mum, Tima Taylor, 45, said: “He has been singing, acting and dancing since he was three. He kept asking to do it, he would dance around the living room when he was little saying ‘mammy I want to dance’.
“We’re a Boro-supporting football family – it was all strange to us.”
But Kingston could have missed out on the role as he nearly didn’t go to the auditions.
Tima said: “We weren’t going to go, funnily enough, because we had to travel there and back in one day.”
But three months after the audition they got a call saying he had the part, beating thousands of boys to the coveted role.
Tima also enjoyed the experience and was very impressed by star Ryan Gosling saying: “He was lovely. Really nice, really polite.”
Living in the North-east has become an issue as most of the opportunities for Kingston are in London. He gets offered at least seven auditions a month, which his family can’t physically attend.
Training at Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts, Hartlepool, and attending Green Lane Primary Academy, Kingston said: “My friends like me because of what I do and my teachers always ask what has been going on.”
This year is a big year for Kingston. Besides a Hollywood debut he is the first soloist dancer, competing for England in the Dance World Cup, where he will be the youngest dancer in his age category. Tima is hosting a fundraising evening on April 13 at The Dickens Inn, £2 entry, in the Gold Room where the 11 performers from the North-east will be raising money for travel costs to the Dance World Cup 2017 in Offenburg, Germany.