Eliza Doolittle (singer)

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Eliza Doolittle
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Background information
Birth name Eliza Sophie Caird
Born (1988-04-15) 15 April 1988 (age 28)
Westminster, London, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • activist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels Parlophone
Website www.elizadoolittle.com

Eliza Sophie Caird (born 15 April 1988),[1] better known by her stage name Eliza Doolittle, is an English singer, songwriter and activist[2] who signed with the Parlophone record label in October 2008.[3] Her debut eponymous album was released on 12 July 2010, where it debuted at number three on the UK Albums Chart. The album, Eliza Doolittle, produced two UK top forty hits: "Skinny Genes" and "Pack Up", the latter of which peaked within the top five on the UK Singles Chart.[4]

On 7 June 2013 she premiered a single called "Big When I Was Little", which was released in July 2013. It subsequently joined BBC Radio 1's and Radio 2 playlist. It was later included on her second studio album, titled In Your Hands.[5]

Early life[edit]

Eliza Doolittle was born in Westminster, London in 1988. She comes from a family with a successful and varied musical background. Her father is John Caird,[6] a stage director and writer of plays, musicals and operas who is also an Honorary Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her mother is musical theatre actress and model artist Frances Ruffelle,[6] who won a Tony Award for her role of Éponine in the English-language version of Les Misérables. Doolittle is the granddaughter of Sylvia Young,[6] founder of the eponymous theatre school. She has seven siblings. Her parents separated when she was four years old.[7]

Doolittle grew up in Camden Town and attended Channing School For Girls and Westminster Kingsway College. She was used to being around stages and seeing her mother singing (Ruffelle represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, when Doolittle was six years old)[8] she had always wanted to become a recording artist and write music.[3] She chose the stage name of Eliza Doolittle, the Pygmalion and My Fair Lady character, because it was her nickname as a child.[8]

Musical career[edit]

Career beginnings[edit]

Before entering the charts, Eliza Doolittle toured the UK everywhere with her band to gain recognition. This later turned into the "Playground Unplugged" tour where she performed at secondary schools Kingsdale School, Hagley RC High School, The Magna Carta School, The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre, Fairfield High School, Highworth Grammar School and Presdales School.[citation needed] The first release from Doolittle is a self-titled EP that features four tracks "Rollerblades", "Moneybox", "Police Car" and "Go Home". This was released on 29 November 2009. Tracks from the EP were remixed by Plastic Little ("Rollerblades"), Sam Young and Jamie from The xx ("Money Box"). The EP received radio plays from Rob Da Bank, Nick Grimshaw,[9] Fearne Cotton and Jo Whiley.

2010–13: Eliza Doolittle[edit]

Doolittle at Skyfest, 2011

In early 2010 she took part in musician Shane MacGowan's charity single "I Put a Spell on You", in aid of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[10] Her debut single "Skinny Genes" was released on 12 April 2010, reaching #22 in the UK Singles Chart. The song had featured in a television advert for an online retailer.[11] She told BBC's Steve Lamacq the song is "a funny scenario if you didn’t like someone, if they were really annoying, but you had a good time under the sheets."[12] Doolittle's second release is titled "Pack Up" and was released on 5 July 2010, reaching #5 on the Official UK Singles Chart on 11 July 2010.[13]

Eliza Doolittle in August 2011 performing at SkyFest

She recorded the song "Running For Life" which featured on the soundtrack to the film AdULTHOOD. Doolittle was a special guest on Paloma Faith's concert tour which began on 30 October 2010.[14]

Doolittle has performed on the companion show to Channel 4's Big Brother, Big Brother's Little Brother.[citation needed] She appeared on BBC's Never Mind the Buzzcocks. In March 2011 she performed at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. In April 2011, Doolittle was touring the UK. On 19 April 2011, Doolittle's self-titled album was released in the United States almost one year from the U.K date. In 2011 Arte commissioned her to cover Madonna's "Material Girl".[15]

In 2013 Doolittle collaborated with Disclosure on the track "You & Me" from their debut album, Settle. Early that year, she began recording new material for her second album. In an interview with Elle magazine in April 2013, she stated "I'm definitely showing more of myself than I ever have before. I feel like on my last album, I hadn't experienced very much of anything really, and it's been three years or more since then and I have felt and seen things I hadn't before, and I know things I didn't know before. In a way I have answers to questions, but then those answers open up a thousand other questions. I guess I've gone through things that so many people go through at the age I am. I've written almost every day about my every thought and emotion and the album is made up of the songs that mean the most to me".[16]

2013–present: In Your Hands[edit]

On 7 June 2013 she premiered a new single called "Big When I Was Little", which was released in July 2013. It subsequently joined BBC Radio 1's playlist in the 'C' list, and features on her second studio album. On 17 June 2013 the video for the single premiered on her YouTube channel.[17]

She had a small role as a nightclub singer in The Great Train Robbery, a drama series on BBC One in December 2013.

In March 2014, it was confirmed Doolittle would be featured in England's official 2014 World Cup song. She collaborated on the track with fellow pop stars Melanie C, Emma Bunton, Katy B, Conor Maynard, Pixie Lott and Kimberly Walsh. Past footballers who also took part in the recording of the track included Gary Lineker, Geoff Hurst, Michael Owen, David Seaman, Peter Shilton, Dion Dublin and Glenn Hoddle.[18] The track, a cover of Take That's "Greatest Day", was recorded on location at Sarm Studios in London and produced by Gary Barlow.[19]

Modelling career[edit]

In 2010 Doolittle was made an 'ambassador' for a Nike running game and did some modelling work to promote the concept in London.[20] In January 2011 it was announced that Doolittle had been signed by London-based Select Models, the agency that launched the career of Sienna Miller.[21]

Doolittle told Metro that she does not believe she looks like a model, but hoped that the signing would help raise her profile.[22]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Chart peak positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
BEL (Vl)
BEL (Wa)
Eliza Doolittle 3 46 100 38 101 10 45
In Your Hands[31]
  • Released: 14 October 2013[32]
  • Label: Parlophone
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
25 71
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released.

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
Eliza Doolittle
  • Released: 29 November 2009
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Released: December 2012
  • Formats: Digital download


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
BEL (Vl)
BEL (Wa)
"Skinny Genes" 2010 22 42 71[b] 42 42 90 48 Eliza Doolittle
"Pack Up" 5 10 34 37 16 49 6 8 75
  • UK: Gold
"Rollerblades" 58 61[c]
"Mr Medicine" 2011 130
"Big When I Was Little" 2013 12 77[d] In Your Hands
"Let It Rain" 55
"Walking on Water" 123[e]
"Big City" 2015 Shaun the Sheep Movie
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
BEL (Vl)
BEL (Wa)
2012 "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
(as part of The Justice Collective)
1 4 Charity single
2013 "You & Me"
(Disclosure featuring Eliza Doolittle)
10 [f] 2 30 56 Settle
"The Hype"
(Wookie featuring Eliza Doolittle)
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2008 "Piano Song" -
2010 "Skinny Genes" -
"Skinny Genes 2.0" -
"Pack Up" -
"Rollerblades" -
"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" (As part of The Justice Collective) -
2011 "Mr. Medicine" -
2013 "Big When I Was Little" -
"Let It Rain" -
"Waste Of Time" -
"You & Me" (Disclosure featuring Eliza Doolittle) -
"The Hype" (Wookie featuring Eliza Doolittle) -
"Walking On Water" -
2014 "In Your Hands" -


Opening Act For Gary Barlow's Since I Saw You Last UK/Ireland Tour 2014.

  1. Back Packing
  2. Skinny Genes
  3. Rollerblades
  4. Big When I Was Little
  5. You and Me (Disclosure Feat. Eliza Doolittle)
  6. In Your Hands
  7. Mr Medicine
  8. Walking On Water
  9. Pack Up
  10. Let it Rain


Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Great Train Robbery Night-Club Singer Episode: "A Robber's Tale"
2014 Home and Away Herself Episode #1.5932



  1. ^ Free download including "The Gift of Giving", "Xmas in Bed" and "Last Christmas".
  2. ^ "Skinny Genes" did not enter the Ultratop 40, but peaked at number 31 on the wallonie Ultratip chart.
  3. ^ "Rollerblades" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 11 on the Flemish Ultratip chart.
  4. ^ "Big When I Was Little" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 27 on the Flemish Ultratip chart.
  5. ^ "Walking on Water" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 73 on the Flemish Ultratip chart.
  6. ^ "You & Me" did not enter the Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 7 on the Flemish Ultratip chart.


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  17. ^ "Big When I Was Little". YouTube.com. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
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