'He's a quintessential panty dropper!' How Taylor Swift's 'charismatic' new man wowed leading ladies through uni AND drama school… but watch out Taylor, friends say your 'prince charming' is married to his WORK
- British actor Joe Alwyn, 26, is secretly dating pop star Taylor Swift, it is claimed
- Still lives at home with psychotherapist mum and filmmaker dad in north London
- Never had girlfriend at drama school 'because he was so committed to his craft'
- But friends say many women were attracted to him during his university days
- Friend said the Bristol University graduate was 'charismatic' and a 'heartthrob'
The British actor who has captured Taylor Swift's heart is a charismatic rising star who attracted leading ladies during his days at drama school, MailOnline can reveal.
Privately educated Joe Alwyn, 26, has been secretly dating the global superstar for several months, it is reported.
The Shake It Off singer is said to be besotted with her new man, who lives with his mum and dad in London.
A friend told MailOnline he was a heartthrob while at drama school but never had a girlfriend because he was so committed to his craft.
Former classmate Jordan Bunton-Williams said: 'He's very charismatic, he's what I refer to as a quintessential panty-dropper. Your classic prince charming.
'Women want to throw themselves at him. It's the way he holds himself. But to a certain extent he was married to his work. He caught the eye of certain people in our class until they realised he was so married to his work.
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Prince charming: Privately educated Joe Alwyn, 26, pictured left at a fancy dress party during his university days, has been secretly dating Taylor Swift for several months, it is reported
One of the boys: British hearthrob Alwyn, 26, pictured at a football tournament, is an upcoming star who still lives with his mother and father in London
Popular: Friend Jordan Bunton-Williams said of Alwyn, pictured: 'He's very charismatic, he's what I refer to as a quintessential panty-dropper. Your classic prince charming'
New romance: Swift is reportedly dating little known British actor Joe Alwyn, best known for his titular role in celebrated directer Ang Lee's 2016 film Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Mr Bunton-Williams, an actor and writer who is creating a film about Mardoche Yembi a man accused of being a child witch, added: 'He's very hardworking, very down to earth, very diligent and very gregarious. A very nice spirit to be around.
'The whole class was close and formed a real bond, I texted him well done after his last film and he replied to say thanks.'
Swift has reportedly been flying to London to see her new boyfriend where she has walked around in disguise to avoid being recognised. The star has even rented a property close to his parents.
A source said: 'She's been walking around with Joe in London using disguises, like scarves and hats, to keep her identity under wraps. Nobody has a clue they've been walked past a music superstar – not even her new neighbours.
'This isn't a new couple alert or a secret relationship – the only people this has been a secret to is the media because all of us, Taylor and Joe's closest friends and their families, were aware they have been together for several months and have known each other for a long time.
'After her 1989 tour and all the attention Taylor received, she learned she had to be more protective of her personal life and she and Joe decided early on to keep their private life private.'
Alwyn was born on February 21 1991 to a psychotherapist mother and documentary-maker father and grew up in Crouch End, north London.
He was educated at the fee-paying City of London School and attended the National Youth Theatre in Holloway, north London.
The actor later enrolled at the University of Bristol and studied there until 2012 before going on to London's Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Alwyn read English and drama at Bristol and has two younger brothers, Patrick and Thomas and now works at a charity called international alert in Clapham, south west London.
Heartthrob: A friend told MailOnline Alwyn was a heartthrob while at drama school but never had a girlfriend because he was so committed to his craft
Parties: Alwyn, pictured at a fancy dress party during his time at University of Bristol where he studied English and Drama, was a committed and ambitious student, friends have said
Under the radar: As Alwyn joins an intimidating list of boyfriends that already includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Harry Styles, John Mayer and Tom Hiddleston, exactly how does he line up?
Keeping close: Joe still lives with his parents in North London - and Taylor has reportedly rented a house nearby, where Joe is said to be a frequent guest
Recalling his former student, Nick Moseley, the RCSSD's principal lecturer, said: 'He has a disarming humility which appears both on and off screen.
'I spoke to Joe recently and found that the experience of starring in a Hollywood movie had not changed him at all. He will continue to be the person he is.'
Geoffrey Colman, head of acting at the Central School for Speech and Drama, said: 'Joe was always deeply committed to his craft. He was often very moved by the massiveness of his vocation.
'He saw acting as a necessity. He was serious about it, very committed. He was exceptional in that regard. He's a thoughtful man who cares beyond the frivolity of putting on a show.
'He sees performance as a powerful gift that he has, and that he hopes can change things for good.
'We always hoped that this poetic soul would find a place for his vision.'
Director Lee would give him his big break, with the young actor playing a teenage army specialist alongside Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart and Vin Diesel in Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.
'From the first reading, from halfway in the first scene, there's no doubt, he's top-notch talent,' director Lee recalled. 'I was worried: Is he too handsome? But then his face is so compelling, it doesn't matter.'
Model pose: Alwyn, pictured, was reportedly introduced to Swift by Gigi Hadid after doing a modelling shoot with her last year
Promising start: Director Ang Lee would give him his big break, with the young actor joining a cast that inluded Steve Martin, Kristen Stewart and Vin Diesel as a teenage army specialist in Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Looking back at their first meeting, casting director Avy Kaufman added: 'Joe came with a backpack, with like one pair of underwear. He had not a clue he was going to stay. When I met him in person, he was just like how he was in the tape.'
'I'd never been to America, and I was told I'd be going home the next day,' Alwyn told the Evening Standard of that first audition. 'So I turned up with a tiny little rucksack and a pair of boxers and a T-shirt.'
He eventually flew to Atlanta for screen tests before discovering he'd landed the role during an early morning call from his agent, less than day after returning to London.
Reflecting on his breakthrough character, he told The Hollywood Reporter: 'In many ways, he's a long, long way away from me. I'm from London, and he's a Texan soldier.
'But at the heart of it, the story is about a boy finding his place in the world. Although that takes place within this framework of this halftime show and the war and all these bigger things swirling around him, its heart is something very relatable.'
Two months after his film debut, he landed another major role, in an adaptation of Julian Barnes' Booker-winning The Sense of an Ending.
Signed by prominent American talent group Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Alwyn will next be seen in director Kristoffer Nyholm's Keepers, a psychological thriller that also stars Gerard Butler and Peter Mullan.
He's got The X Factor: Taylor enjoyed a brief romance with One Direction star Harry Styles in 2012
Highland fling: She would later develop a year long relationship with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris
That was rather Hiddleswift: After dumping Harris, Taylor quickly became involved in a notoriously high profile romance with actor Tom Hiddleston
But as the actor remains focused on a promising future, he has also reflected on his past - namely childhood memories of his film-maker father.
'When I was growing up my dad was away a lot,' he told the Evening Standard. 'He did a lot of work in crisis zones, places like Uganda or Rwanda.
'When your dad comes back from a faraway land with bows and arrows and spears wrapped up in a carpet... that's cool.'
Away from the spotlight, Joe reveals a disarming, down to earth nature.
Speaking to Vanity Fair about his likes and dislikes, the actor admitted he still uses London buses, loves a good old fashioned Indian curry and anything by rapper Eminem as his favourite karaoke number.
And given his sudden exposure to fame, the actor has unsurprisingly hinted at an underlying insecurity as he adjusts to life in the public eye.
'I don't think that's something that ever goes away, the feeling that you're a fraud,' he told the Evening Standard. 'Maybe that's something that drives you.
'But yeah, I might always have that feeling of: 'I'm gonna get found out and I shouldn't be here.'
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