Kingston mixes with the stars

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

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.

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