Antony Costa

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Not to be confused with Anthony Costa.
Antony Costa
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Background information
Birth name Antony Daniel Costa
Born (1981-06-23) 23 June 1981 (age 33)
Edgware, Barnet, England
Genres Pop, pop rock, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor
Years active 2001–present
Labels Globe
Associated acts Blue

Antony Daniel Costa (born 23 June 1981)[1] is an English singer-songwriter and actor. He is best known as a member of the boy band Blue.

Career[edit]

One of Costa's earliest television roles was as a pupil in Steven Moffat's sitcom Chalk. He then went on to appear in the BBC children's drama Grange Hill.[2]

2000–2005: Career with Blue[edit]

In early 2000, Costa and Duncan James convinced Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe to form the group Blue.[3] Blue's R&B-influenced pop allowed the group to achieve commercial success in the United Kingdom and many other countries, including Ireland, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, France, Australia and New Zealand. The band released their debut single "All Rise" in May 2001 and it reached number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. Their follow up single "Too Close" was released in August 2001 peaking at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. They went on to achieve a second number one in November with the ballad "If You Come Back". The album All Rise was released in time for Christmas and reached number one, eventually selling in excess of 1.8 million albums in the UK. The final single from the album, "Fly By II", reached number six in March 2002. Their second studio album, One Love was released in October 2002, entering at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and selling more than 150,000 copies. Three singles were released from the album: "One Love", which peaked at No. 3, "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word", featuring vocals from Elton John, which peaked at No. 1, and "U Make Me Wanna", which peaked at #4.[4] Their third studio album, Guilty, was released in autumn 2003, entering at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and selling 100,000 copies on the week of release. The album spawned four singles, including the title track, "Guilty", which peaked at No. 2, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours", featuring vocal from Stevie Wonder and Angie Stone, which peaked at No. 11, "Breathe Easy", which peaked at No. 4, and "Bubblin'", which peaked at No. 9.

Following the release of Best of Blue, includes three tracks only previously in Japan: "The Gift", "It's Alright" and "Elements". By the indication of the album booklet, a live version of "Lonely This Christmas" from CD:UK was intended to be track seven on the album, however, was removed from the tracklisting for unknown reasons. The album was released in July 2005, becoming available in several European countries, as well as Japan, Thailand[5] and China, however, was a commercial failure and failed to chart anywhere. The album was not released in the UK, despite copies being widely available.

2006–2010: Heart Full of Soul, stage and television[edit]

Costa was a contestant on the 2005 series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! and was evicted from the programme on 3 December 2005 after fourteen days. He released his debut solo single called "Do You Ever Think of Me" in February 2006. The single made its debut and peaked at number nineteen on the UK Singles Chart. Costa worked on the song with Songwriter John McLaughlin and performed live with Scottish session musician Paul Boyd. He went on to compete in the 2006 Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up programme to find a competitor to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, but did not win the honour, with "It's a Beautiful Thing". In June 2006 Costa posed naked for Cosmopolitan magazine's 10 Years of Naked Male Centrefolds, alongside other stars including singer Ronan Keating, actor Danny Dyer, Labour MP Jim Devine, and TV presenter Craig Doyle. Costa's debut album, Heart Full of Soul was released on 3 July 2006 only in Japan by his record label, Globe Records.

From 10 April 2006, Costa played the lead role of Mickey Johnstone in the London production of the long-running musical Blood Brothers, directed and produced by Bill Kenwright; his contract ran to February 2007. From March, Costa toured the UK in the tenth anniversary tour of Boogie Nights. Costa had his first solo UK tour in February and March 2008, performing songs from his debut album.[6] His UK tour had eighteen dates, which started on 16 February 2008 at The Brindley, in Runcorn and finished on 26 March 2008 in Barrow in Furness. He modelled for Giorgio Armani in late 2008. Costa has appeared twice on the BBC pop quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks in 2006 and 2008 Costa played Jack in the 2009/2010 pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, in Ipswich. Costa toured with the production Popstar: The Musical, playing the part of Cal between April and July 2010, at a series of theatres, across the UK. Costa took part in a celebrity version of TV show Total Wipeout which aired on 18 September 2010.

2011–present: Return with Blue[edit]

The band represented the United Kingdom at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf, Germany with the song "I Can" coming in 11th place with 100 points. Blue released their fourth studio album, Roulette on 25 January 2013 with "Hurt Lovers" as the lead single. On 21 February 2013, it was confirmed that the group would be joining The Big Reunion in which six groups from the past reform for a one off gig including Liberty X, Atomic Kitten and 5ive. From May 2013, the group will be touring the UK and Ireland with the other groups in The Big Reunion concert series.[7] On 27 March 2013, the group announced they would embark on their first headlining tour later on in the year, their first tour in nearly ten years.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Edgware, North London, Costa attended Hendon School in Barnet, also in North West London. His father is Greek Cypriot and his mother is Jewish.[8] He attended the American Academy school in Larnaca before moving back to England. He has a sister Natalie and a brother Louis who appeared on The X Factor on 3 September 2011 and who was also in a pop band called The Chase with former S Club 8 member Jay Asforis.

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Chalk Boy "The Object of Desire" (Season 1, Episode 4)
1997 Grange Hill Sixth Form Boy Supporting role
2005 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Himself / Competitor Season 5
2006 Dancing on Ice Himself / Guest judge (Season 4, Episode 17)
2009 Casualty Dave "Second Chance" (Season 24, Episode 12)
2009–10 Angela and Friends Hilself / Commentator ("friend")
2011 Celebrity Five Go To... Himself / Competitor Season 1; Winner
2012 The Wright Stuff Himself / Panelist Season 17

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
JAP
[9]
Heart Full of Soul
  • Released: 3 July 2006 (Japan)
  • Label: Globe Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
196
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[10]
UKN
[11]
"Do You Ever Think of Me" 2004 19 1 Heart Full of Soul
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unreality TV biography
  2. ^ "Both Called Eric", DVD audio commentary, Chalk Series 1 DVD, ReplayDVD.co.uk
  3. ^ Blue – Overview AllMusic
  4. ^ "Blue bands settle name dispute". BBC News. 30 June 2003. 
  5. ^ "4Ever Blue Thailand edition". Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Antony Costa official website
  7. ^ "Blue Join Reality Show The Big Reunion". mtv.com (MTV). 22 February 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Richard Barber (13 June 2010) Anthony Costa: ‘I doubled in size – I hardly recognised myself’. Mirror. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Japan Charts - albums, DVDs and singles". Oricon. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Antony Costa". The Official Charts Company. 3 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ukrainian Chart". FDR. 10 May 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 

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