Sunday, 29 July 2012

Homegrown Star ...

Actor Ty Keogh has lifted the prestigious 'Sexiest Man of the Year' title at the 2012 YOU Spectacular, adding this to a host of notable achievements over the past few years ...

The recent success of local actors like Sharlto Copely ('District Nine') bears testament to the fact that we have the ability to create International Stars right here a home.

Much like Australia, South Africa is fast becoming known for producing world class actors, but it takes more than just Raw Talent to 'make it big' in Tinseltown. Steely determination, ambition and an insatiable work ethic are also essential, and the latest star in the film firmament, Ty Keogh, has more than enough of those qualities.

A Bit About Ty:

Born in Johannesburg in 1982, Ty grew up with film in his blood. His father, Danny is a successful South African actor and mother, Debbie is a producer, so it was a given that he would gravitate toward the Silver Screen. 

He started his career aged 14 the hard way, paying his dues in various related production jobs including stints as a scenic set painter, set builder, propsman and even an animal wrangler. Later Ty honed his skills as an art director on commercials and music videos before eventually taking on the role of director.

At 16 he began appearing in TV commercials for some high profile brands including Vodacom UK, Pepsi USA, Opel Europe, Orange Communications, Nestle, KFC and many more.

In 2003 he stepped into his first major film role alongside British hard man Vinnie Jones in 'Blast' where he played the younger version of Jones' character 'Michael'. 

Since then his acting career has blossomed with parts in some major international films including: 'Blood Diamond' (with Leonardo DiCaprio), The Deal' (with Meg Ryan), 'Goodbye Bafana' (with Joseph Fiennes) and 'Starship Troopers Marauder' (with Casper Van Dien). 

Moving to London in 2008 he signed with the prestigious agent Jeremy Conway and appeared in several short films as well as 2 BBC television shows before returning to South Africa. After relocating to Johannesburg he secured the character role of 'Jack van Reenen' in MNET's popular series, 'The Wild'.

Ty has put his multi dimensional talents to good use in the world of fashion and modelling, scooping up several awards including CLEO'S 'Bachelor of the Year' in 2011GQ's 'Man of the Moment' and Cosmopolitan's 'Mr. April', both in 2012. He has also graced the cover of the Men's Health Winter Style Guide and has recently been working with the renowned photographer, Byron Keulemans.

Source: Press Release 

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