Here's what the cast of 'Rocketman' looks like in real life

Paramount PicturesTaron Egerton stars as Elton John in ‘Rocketman.’

“Rocketman” is the latest biopic to hit theatres and it centres on the life of music icon Elton John (portrayed by Taron Egerton), from a piano prodigy to a legendary artist.

The movie, which Egerton describes as a musical fantasy,” touches on John’s public and personal life. It also features an array of John’s hit songs that were recorded by Egerton. In addition to the main star’s physical transformation, his costars also donned different wigs and costumes to emulate the real-life figures they portray on screen.

Here’s what the cast of “Rocketman” looks like in real life.


Taron Egerton stars as British singer Elton John.

Paramount PicturesTaron Egerton in ‘Rocketman.’

John (whose real name is Reginald Dwight) attended the Royal Academy of Music long before releasing more than 25 studio albums. He also worked closely with Egerton and the “Rocketman” filmmakers to depict his story.

John also gifted the actor with one of his diamond earrings.

Read more: Bryce Dallas Howard says that Taron Egerton’s ‘Rocketman’ transformation is ‘unreal’: ‘It just felt like Elton John was on set’

To resemble John’s appearance, the 29-year-old got his hair dyed and thinned. His hairline was also altered and he wore a bald cap for some scenes.

“It was just horrible,” Egerton told The Hollywood Reporter of the new hairline. “They had to reshave it every day. I looked like Krusty the Clown.”


In real life, Egerton wears stylish, but less elaborate outfits than his character.

Karwai Tang/WireImageTaron Egerton at the ‘Rocketman’ UK premiere.

Egerton became a breakout actor when he starred as Eggsy in the 2014 movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service” alongside Colin Firth. He also sang John’s “I’m Still Standing” when he portrayed a gorilla named Johnny in the animated movie “Sing.”


Jamie Bell portrays Bernie Taupin, John’s songwriting partner.

Paramount PicturesJamie Bell in ‘Rocketman.’

The first song Taupin and John wrote together was “Scarecrow.”


Bell’s hair is much shorter off-screen.

The British actor has appeared in “King Kong,” “Snowpiercer,” and the 2015 “Fantastic Four” reboot.


Richard Madden plays John Reid, the singer’s manager and love interest.

Paramount PicturesRichard Madden in ‘Rocketman.’

Reid also managed the British group Queen. In the 2018 movie “Bohemian Rhapsody,” he was portrayed by Aidan Gillen


Madden’s brown hair is styled differently in real life, and he currently rocks a grey streak

Karwai Tang/WireImageRichard Madden at the ‘Rocketman’ UK premiere.

The actor previously starred as Robb Stark on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Madden recently won a Golden Globe for his role as David Budd on the drama series “Bodyguard.”


Bryce Dallas Howard stars as John’s mother named Sheila Dwight.

Paramount PicturesBryce Dallas Howard in ‘Rocketman.’

Howard portrays John’s mum from her early 20s until her 70s. The 38-year-old actress told INSIDER that her film appearance was inspired by her own mother’s look. She also wore prosthetics, a wig, and freckles.

Read more: Bryce Dallas Howard says that her ‘Rocketman’ transformation into Elton John’s mum was inspired by her own mother’s appearance


Howard has straight red hair and bangs in real life.

Karwai Tang/WireImageBryce Dallas Howard at the ‘Rocketman’ UK premiere.

Howard has appeared in a range of movies and TV shows over the years, including “Spider-Man 3,” “The Help,” and “Black Mirror.” She also starred alongside Chris Pratt in “Jurassic World” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”


Gemma Jones portrays John’s grandmother, Ivy.

Paramount PicturesGemma Jones in ‘Rocketman.’

In real life, John was raised mainly by his mother and grandmother.


Jones has white hair, bangs, and rosy cheeks off-screen.

Karwai Tang/WireImageGemma Jones at the ‘Rocketman’ UK premiere.

“Harry Potter” fans might recognise Jones for her role as a nurse named Madam Pomfrey in the franchise. Jones recently starred as Aunt Anne Lister on HBO’s “Gentleman Jack.”


Steven Mackintosh plays John’s father, Stanley Dwight.

Paramount PicturesSteven Mackintosh in ‘Rocketman.’

John’s parents got divorced when he was a child.


Mackintosh has a beard in real life.

Karwai Tang/WireImageSteven Mackintosh at the ‘Rocketman’ UK premiere.

Mackintosh is known for his role as Tanis in the “Underworld” movies.


Charlie Rowe as Ray Williams, a music producer.

Paramount PicturesCharlie Rowe in ‘Rocketman.’

He was the head of A&R at Liberty Records and was John’s personal manager at one point. The singer was also introduced to Taupin through an ad that Williams put out.


Rowe’s hairstyle is slightly different from his character’s.

Tristan Fewings/Getty ImagesCharlie Rowe at the ‘Rocketman’ UK premiere.

Rowe was previously on the ABC drama “Red Band Society” and CBS’ “Salvation.”

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