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Harry Styles
Harry Styles November 2014.jpg
Styles at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards, Sydney, 26 November 2014
Background information
Birth name Harry Edward Styles
Born (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 (age 22)
Redditch, Worcestershire,[1] England, United Kingdom
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2010–present
Associated acts

Harry Edward Styles[2] (born 1 February 1994)[3][4] is an English singer and songwriter. He is known as a member of the boy band One Direction. He made his debut as a singer with his band White Eskimo, who performed locally in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. In 2010, Styles auditioned as a solo artist for the British television series The X Factor. After being eliminated as a solo performer, Styles was brought back into the competition, along with four other contestants, to form the group that would later become known as One Direction.

Since joining One Direction, Styles, along with bandmates Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, has released five commercially successful albums, performed on two worldwide tours, and won several awards, including five Brit Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards. In addition to singing, Styles has also appeared in television and film, including the Nickelodeon series iCarly and the concert film One Direction: This Is Us.

On 22 June 2016 it was reported by Billboard that Styles had signed a solo recording deal with Colombia Records, the U.S. label that houses One Direction, with album due out after filming and release of his feature film acting debut in Dunkirk in July 2017.[5]

Early life

Styles was born in Redditch, Worcestershire.[1][6][7] He is the son of Anne Cox (née Selley) and Desmond "Des" Styles.[8][9][10][11] Many of his ancestors were farm labourers in Norfolk.[12] Styles was raised in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, after his parents moved there along with his older sister, Gemma,[13] when he was a child.[2] He attended Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School.[14] Styles's parents divorced when he was seven and his mother later remarried.[15] As a sixteen-year-old he worked part-time at the W. Mandeville Bakery in Holmes Chapel.[16]

As a child, Styles loved singing, noting Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley and The Beatles as his influences.[17] While at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive, Styles was the lead singer for the band White Eskimo,[18] which won a local Battle of the Bands competition.[16]

Music career

The X Factor

One Direction on The X Factor Live Tour in 2011

On 11 April 2010, Styles auditioned as a solo candidate for the seventh series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor.[19] He failed to progress to the "Boys" category at "judges' houses". Four others in his age group did as well, but after a suggestion by Nicole Scherzinger, a guest judge,[19] they were put together to form a five-piece boy band at Wembley Arena, in London, England, in July 2010, during the "bootcamp" stage of the competition,[20] thus qualifying for the "Groups" category. Subsequently, the group got together for two weeks to get to know one another and to practise.[21][22] Styles came up with the name One Direction.[21] For their qualifying song at "judges' houses", and their first song as a group, One Direction sang an acoustic version of "Torn".[23] 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."[24] Within the first four weeks of the live shows, they were Cowell's last act in the competition.[25] The group quickly gained popularity in the UK.[24]

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.[26] Shortly afterwards it was confirmed that One Direction had been signed by Cowell to a reported £2 million Syco Records record contract.[27][28] Recording for their debut album began in January 2011, as they flew to Los Angeles to work with RedOne, a record producer.[29] A book licensed by One Direction, One Direction: Forever Young (Our Official X Factor Story), was published by HarperCollins in February 2011,[30] subsequently topping The Sunday Times Best Seller list.[31] The same month, the boy band and other contestants from the series participated in the X Factor Live Tour.[32] During the tour the group performed for 500,000 people throughout the UK.[33] After the tour concluded in April 2011, the group continued working on their debut album.[29] Recording took place in Stockholm, London and Los Angeles, as One Direction worked with producers Carl Falk, Savan Kotecha, Steve Mac, and Rami Yacoub, among others.[34][35] Styles came up with band name One Direction, which he thought would sound good when The X Factor announcer Peter Dickson read their name out on the live shows.[36]

One Direction

Main article: One Direction
Harry Styles on stage with One Direction in Glasgow in January 2012 during the Up All Night Tour

Following The X Factor, One Direction were signed to Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment in 2010.[37] They released their first studio album, Up All Night, in 2011, followed by their second, Take Me Home, in 2012.[38] One Direction's debut single "What Makes You Beautiful" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart. One Direction: This Is Us, a documentary about the band directed by Morgan Spurlock, was released in August 2013.[39] The film grossed more than $30 million worldwide its first weekend in theaters.[40] The band's third studio album, Midnight Memories, was released on 25 November 2013.[41] The band released their fourth studio album, Four, in 2014,[42] and their fifth, Made in the A.M., in November 2015.[43]

On 23 June 2016, Billboard reported that Styles signed a recording contract with Columbia Records as a solo artist, the same label behind One Direction.[44]


Styles will make his acting debut in Christopher Nolan's action-thriller Dunkirk (2017) which is based on the British military evacuation in World War II. He will star alongside Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Cillian Murphy and Kenneth Branagh.[45]

Personal life

Styles was in a relationship with The Xtra Factor presenter Caroline Flack from November 2011 to January 2012, which caused controversy and criticism over their 14-year age gap.[46] Styles also dated singer Taylor Swift from October 2012 to January 2013.[47][48]


Year Title Role Notes
2010 The X Factor Himself Contestant; Series 7
2012 iCarly Himself Guest role; (Season 6, Episode 2)
Saturday Night Live Himself Musical guest; (Season 37, Episode 18)
2013 One Direction: This Is Us Himself
Saturday Night Live Himself Musical guest; (Season 39, Episode 8)
2014 Where We Are - The Concert Film Himself
Saturday Night Live Himself Musical guest; (Season 40, Episode 10)
One Direction: The TV Special Himself
2016 Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Cameo appearance
2017 Dunkirk Tommy Styles' acting debut


Songwriting credits

Year Title Artist Album Notes
2011 "Taken" One Direction Up All Night Co-writer
"Everything About You"
"Same Mistakes"
2012 "Back for You" Take Me Home
"They Don't Know About Us"
"Summer Love"
"Still the One"
2013 "Story of My Life" Midnight Memories
"Right Now"
"Something Great"
2014 "Just a Little Bit of Your Heart"[49] Ariana Grande My Everything
"Not Our Fault"[50] Gavin DeGraw Finest Hour: The Best of Gavin DeGraw
"Where Do Broken Hearts Go" One Direction Four
"Fool's Gold"
"Night Changes"
"Stockholm Syndrome"
"Change Your Ticket"
2015 "Perfect" Made in the A.M.
"If I Could Fly"
"Walking in the Wind"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2012 JIM Awards Hottie of the Year Nominated
2013 NME Awards Villain of the Year Won
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Look Won
MTV Millennial Awards[51] Celebridad Sin Filtro En Instagram Won
Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards Aussies' Fave Hottie Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Other: Male Hottie Won
Choice Other: Smile Won
British Fashion Awards British Style Award Won
2014 JIM Awards Best Dressed Male Won
NME Awards Villain of the Year Won
Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards Aussies' Fave Hottie Won
iHeartRadio Music Awards Instagram Award Nominated
MTV Italian Music Awards Best Look Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Other: Smile Won
MTV Millennial Awards[52] Global Instagram Star Nominated
2015 NME Awards Villain of the Year[53] Nominated
Idler Bad Grammar Awards Good Grammar Award[54] Won


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Further reading

  • Posy Edwards (2012), Harry Styles Annual 2013, ISBN 1409109445 
  • Louisa Jepson (2013), Harry Styles - Every Piece of Me, ISBN 1471128490 
  • Alice Montgomery (2013), Harry Styles: An Unauthorized Biography, ISBN 0718178432 
  • Mick O'Shea (2013), Harry Styles, ISBN 0859655121 

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