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Taron Egerton reveals the drag name Sir Elton John gave him

The actor starred as the iconic singer in the biopic 'Rocketman'

2019-11-05

Words: Steve Brown

Taron Egerton has revealed the drag name Sir Elton John gave him.

After starring as the ‘Your Song’ singer in the critically acclaimed biopic Rocketman this year, Egerton was given the pleasure of reading the audiobook of Elton’s new memoir ‘Me’.

While recording the audiobook, Taron told the story of how the singer and some of his closest friends all assigned drag names to each other back in the 1970s.

Elton’s was Sharon, John Reid – his boyfriend/manager – was given Beryl, Rod Stewart was Phyllis and Freddie Mercury was Melina.

Now, while speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Egerton has revealed the drag name he was given by the iconic singer.

He said: “I think that’s how you know he really likes you. My drag name is Blodwyn and my surname is Campervan.

“Elton’s very keen that the stress not be on camper van. It’s on camper van, at the end.”

Taron as Elton John with co-star Richard Madden as John Reid

He explained the meaning behind his name which is derived from the Welsh word for flower and his love for taking holidays in an RV with his girlfriend.

The actor – who rose to fame in the Kingsman franchise – also went on to say how he felt compelled to try drag and borrowed some of his girlfriend’s clothes to bring to life Blodwyn Campervan.

He continued: “I went to stay with him a few weeks ago in his place in the South of France.

“And after he went to bed I found his Polaroid camera — and I borrowed my girlfriend’s clothes and I dressed up as what I imagined Blodwyn Campervan might be, and took some photos of me and my girlfriend. 

“She drew a mustache on herself. So — we both cross-dressed for Elton and David [Furnish]’s amusement, and put it their guest book before we left.”