Tomlinson at Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, 27 February 2013
|Birth name||Louis Troy Austin|
24 December 1991 |
Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, UK
|Genres||Pop, pop rock|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, footballer|
|Associated acts||One Direction|
Louis Tomlinson (born Louis Troy Austin; 24 December 1991) is an English pop singer for the boy band One Direction, songwriter and semi-professional footballer who is currently signed to Doncaster Rovers in the Football League Championship.
Doncaster-born Tomlinson began his career as an actor, initially appearing in ITV drama Fat Friends as an extra. He also went on to appear in another ITV drama film If I Had You and BBC's Waterloo Road. In 2010 he became a founding member of the pop band One Direction which went on to finish third in the 2010 series of The X Factor. In 2013 he was signed as a footballer by Doncaster Rovers on a non-contract basis.
Tomlinson is from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. Born to Johannah Poulston and Troy Austin, his parents split up when he was young and he took on his stepfather Mark Tomlinson's name. He has five younger half-sisters, two of whom had roles as babies in the television series Fat Friends alongside their brother.
Tomlinson was a sixth form student at Hall Cross School (a state comprehensive school) and a former pupil of the Hayfield School. He failed his first year of A levels at the Hayfield School and ended up going back to Hall Cross and starting A levels again. He had a number of jobs, including at a Vue cinema and at Doncaster Rovers football stadium as a waiter in the hospitality suites. As a student at Hall Cross, Tomlinson appeared in several musical productions. Taking the lead role of Danny Zuko in the Hall Cross musical production of Grease motivated him to audition for The X Factor.
Acting and The X Factor
Tomlinson, along with two of his siblings, had extra roles in Fat Friends. After Fat Friends, he attended an acting school in Barnsley. He had small parts in an ITV drama film If I Had You and BBC's Waterloo Road. As a student at Hall Cross, Tomlinson appeared in several musical productions. Taking the lead role of Danny Zuko in the Hall Cross musical production of Grease motivated him to audition for The X Factor.
In 2010, Tomlinson auditioned for the seventh series of the singing competition The X Factor. He failed to progress to the "Boys" category at "judges' houses" but, after a suggestion from Nicole Scherzinger, a guest judge, during the "bootcamp" stage of the competition at Wembley Arena, London in July 2010, he was put together with Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles to form a five-piece boy band, thus qualifying for the "Groups" category. Subsequently, the group got together for two weeks to get to know each other and to practise. Styles came up with the name One Direction. For their qualifying song at "judges' houses" and their first song as a group One Direction sang an acoustic version of "Torn". Simon Cowell later commented that the performance convinced him that the group "were confident, fun, like a gang of friends and kind of fearless as well." Within the first four weeks of the live shows, they were Cowell's last act in the competition. The group quickly gained popularity in the UK.
One Direction finished in third place and immediately after the final their song "Forever Young", which would have been released if they had won The X Factor, was leaked onto the internet. Shortly afterwards it was confirmed that One Direction had been signed by Cowell to a reported £2 million Syco Records record contract.
Propelled to international success by the power of social media, One Direction's two albums, Up All Night and Take Me Home, released in 2011 and 2012 respectively, broke several records, topped the charts of most major markets, and generated hit singles, including "What Makes You Beautiful" and "Live While We're Young".
Often described as forming part of a new "British Invasion" in the United States, the group have sold 30 million records, according to the band's management company, Modest! Management. Their achievements include two BRIT Awards and three MTV Video Music Awards. According to Nick Gatfield, the chairman and chief executive of Sony Music Entertainment UK, One Direction represented a $50 million business empire by June 2012. They were proclaimed 2012's "Top New Artist" by Billboard. Tomlinson, along with his other band members, appeared in an episode of iCarly in 2012.
Tomlinson cites Robbie Williams as his biggest influence and idol. In an interview with Now magazine, he said: "I've always loved Robbie. He's just so cheeky, he can get away with anything. His performances are unbelievable." He also admires the recording artist Ed Sheeran, describing him as "phenomenal".
For the band's third album Midnight Memories, Tomlinson is a featured songwriter on 12 of the album's 18 tracks.
|Full name||Louis William Tomlinson|
|Date of birth||24 December 1991|
|Place of birth||Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Current club||Doncaster Rovers|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:14, 2 August 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Tomlinson, whose previous football experience had been to play and run his own pub team called Three Horseshoes, had agreed to play in a charity game at the Keepmoat Stadium in his home town of Doncaster to raise money for the Bluebell Wood Charity and was offered a deal by professional football club Doncaster Rovers to join the club on non-contract terms after impressing in the game. The deal was brokered for Tomlinson to be a development player and to participate in reserve games, working around his music commitments with One Direction. He was given the squad number 28 for the 2013–14 season. Tomlinson said of the move: "It's unbelievable really. I have been a massive football fan for a long time and growing up in Doncaster, I've been to plenty of games at the Keepmoat. To be part of the club is incredible." Rovers manager Paul Dickov joked, "He's missed pre-season training and he's having a holiday in America, so we'd better get him over here pretty soon."
On 3 September 2013 it was announced that Tomlinson would make his debut for Doncaster's Reserve team in their Central League fixture against the Scunthorpe United reserve team on 18 September. Doncaster announced that despite the fixture being a reserve game they would be setting up a special ticket line for the match. In the meantime on 8 September Tomlinson played for Celtic in another charity match for Stiliyan Petrov. During the game Tomlinson was injured following a tackle by Aston Villa and England striker Gabriel Agbonlahor which led to Tomlinson vomiting on the pitch and he was substituted straight away. The tackle consequently caused Agbonlahor to receive abuse from One Direction fans on his Twitter account and brought an apology from the player. As a result of injuries sustained in the match, Tomlinson was then forced to pull out of the Scunthorpe match, relegating himself to the bench, but promising that the match would be rescheduled.
Relationships and close family
Tomlinson has been romantically connected with Eleanor Calder since November 2011. Zayn Malik's engagement to Little Mix's Perrie Edwards in August 2013 sparked, so far, unfounded rumours of a double wedding. It was announced in October 2013 that his mother is expecting twins.
Research by the genealogy website Ancestry.co.uk revealed that Tomlinson's forebears include a blind basket maker and that he also has Belgian roots.
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