Keiynan Lonsdale

Keiynan Lonsdale was born 19 December 1991 and is an Australian actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter.

Lonsdale was born in Sydney to a Nigerian father of Edo descent and an Australian mother of Irish and Danish descent. He has eleven siblings.

Lonsdale’s first acting job was in 2007, with a 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 as the character Oliver Lloyd, who became a regular in the third and final season.

Lonsdale 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). Lonsdale briefly reprised the role in The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016). Lonsdale next appeared in the historical drama The Finest Hours (2016) as Eldon Hanon, the youngest sailor involved in a rescue at sea.

He was cast as Wally West (the previously unknown son of Joe West) on CW’s The Flash and became a regular supporting character in season two and as Kid Flash in season three. In 2017, the 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 later said the role helped in coming 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”. He 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.

Lonsdale has been described as queer. He does not self-identify with a specific sexuality label.