At just 24-years of age, triple threat performer Tarik Frimpong is Australia’s newest rising star—his most recent credit is the supporting role of Angus in the feature film Mary Poppins Returns. 

Not many actors can say their debut feature film starred Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury among so many others—but Tarik Frimpong can. 

Tarik Frimpong. Photo credit: Andrew Rasevski.

Tarik received an audition brief from his agent for Mary Poppins Returns to be directed by Rob Marshall. After succeeding in many dance, singing and acting rounds, he was awarded the role of Angus. 

“I remember being stunned…I couldn’t manage or comprehend my emotions, so I called my mum and she cried too,” admitted Tarik. 

Despite all the nerves as one could imagine working for the first time along so many Hollywood greats, Tarik’s first day on set was working on the main dance number, which made him feel at ease straight away. 

The boys on Mary Poppins Returns. Photo: supplied.

“The first filming day on set was the big dance number. I’ve danced my whole life so that was how I was baptised into the movie process! It was nice to start with my body, which made me less nervous.” 

One-and-a-half years after filming, he finally walked the red carpet during the Mary Poppins Returns premiere at Dolby Theatre in the heart of Los Angeles.

“It was a wild and surreal experience! Just a four to five hour pinch yourself moment really,” Tarik smiled. 

Mary Poppins Red Carpet Tarik Frimpong
Tarik Frimpong enjoying the red carpet.

Born into a family of professional dancers, Tarik knew nothing else but dance. Tarik’s professional career began very early in his childhood when he landed the role of Simba in the Lion King The Musical. At 21, he moved to London to further his career as a performer. He then performed on The Graham Norton Show with the cast of The Greatest Showman, and danced for pop icons such as Justin Bieber, FKA Twigs, Aston Merrygold, ZHU and more. 

Tarik also played the role of ‘Twig’ in the Australian professional premiere of Bring it On the Musical.  He is now back home touring the Australian and New Zealand premiere of Madiba the Musical, understudying the roles of Narrator, Sam Onotou and William Xulu. 

Tarik’s success comes from his hard-working ethos that he brings to each role. He believes the key to success lies within everyone’s individual differences & remaining humble enough to learn from everyone you meet. 

“If you want something, go get it, period.”  – ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’

Some of the main cast from Mary Poppins Returns including Tarik Frimpong, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Colin Firth.
Kobna Holdbrook Smith. Photo supplied.

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