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Styles, Malik, Horan, Payne, and Tomlinson in 2013

There are four members in the London-based English-Irish pop boy band One Direction: Niall James Horan, Liam James Payne, Harry Edward Styles, and Louis William Tomlinson. Zain Javadd "Zayn" Malik was a member until he announced his departure from the band on 25 March 2015. Malik, Payne, Styles, and Tomlinson are from England while Horan is from Ireland.


Niall Horan

Horan at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards, Sydney, 26 November 2014.

Niall James Horan, born (1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 (age 22),[1] in Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland.[2] The younger son of Bobby Horan and Maura Horan, now Maura Gallagher,[3] he has an older brother named Greg.[4] Their parents divorced when Niall was five.[3] He and his brother lived between the homes of their two parents for a few years before eventually deciding to live with their father in Mullingar.[3] Horan was a pupil at Coláiste Mhuire, a boys' Christian Brothers school.[5][6] He was in his school's choir, performing seasonally around Christmas.[7][8]

Prior to participating in The X Factor at age 16,[9] he performed around his homeland, including as a support act for Lloyd Daniels in Dublin.[10] Horan has been playing guitar since his childhood.[11] Horan has also stated that he is a "big swing" fan, citing favourite artists Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Michael Bublé.[12] Horan liked rock music and is a fan of The Eagles, Bon Jovi and The Script.[12][13] He supports Football League Championship side Derby County.[14]

Liam Payne

Liam Payne at the NRJ 2014 Awards

Liam James Payne, born 29 August 1993 (age 22),[15] is an English singer, songwriter and producer, known as a member of the boy band One Direction. He made his debut as a singer when he auditioned as a solo artist for the British television series The X Factor in 2008. He was originally cut following judges homes by mentor Simon Cowell. Payne was encouraged by Cowell to reaudition the following year. Payne reauditioned as a solo artist in 2010, where after being eliminated as a solo performer, he was brought back into the competition, along with four other contestants, to form the group that would later become known as One Direction.[16][17]

A native of Wolverhampton, Payne originally joined the Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club to pursue cross country running. After failing to make the English National Team for the 2012 Olympic Games and being placed on the reserve list, Payne decided to pursue singing full-time.[18] At age 12, Payne joined Pink Productions, a performing arts group based in Wolverhampton. Payne continued to pursue singing with various appearances in local shows and school productions.[17] Payne has also appeared in television and film, including the Nickelodeon series iCarly and the autobiographical concert film One Direction: This Is Us.[19]

Since joining One Direction, Payne, along with bandmates Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and former bandmate Zayn Malik has released four commercially successful albums, performed on four worldwide tours, and won several awards, including two BRIT Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards. One Direction's debut single "What Makes You Beautiful" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, and has since sold over 5 million copies worldwide, making it among one the best-selling singles of all time.

Payne has worked independently under the monikers "Big Payno" and "Payno" creating remixes for songs such as British pop superstar Cheryl Cole's single "I Don't Care."[20]

Early life

Payne was born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England. He is the son of Karen, a nursery nurse, and Geoff Payne, a fitter. He has 2 sisters, Nicola and Ruth.[21] Until the age of four, Payne had regular tests done in hospital as doctors noticed one of his kidneys was scarred and dysfunctional. To help cope with the pain, he had 32 injections in his arm in the morning and evening as a child.[22] As a student, Payne was heavily involved in sports, particularly cross country running. Payne originally joined the Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club to pursue cross country running. After failing to make the English National Team for the 2012 Olympic Games, he was placed on the reserve list.[18]

Payne was bullied in secondary school and took up boxing lessons at the age of 12.[23] Payne completed 11 GCSEs at St Peter's Collegiate School before moving on to study music technology at Wolverhampton College's Paget Road campus.[17]

Payne was first introduced to the world of show business at age 12 as a member of the Pink Productions Theater Company,even appearing as ‘Toni Minero’ from Saturday Night Fever.[24] Payne had previously performed in front of a crowd of 26,000 during a Wolverhampton Wanderers football match.[17][25]

Music career

The X Factor

Payne first auditioned for the fifth series of the British Singing Competition The X Factor in 2008, at just 14 years old. Payne moved past the first round after performing Frank Sinatra's Fly Me To The Moon. He was subsequently cut at the Boot Camp stage, but Simon Cowell then changed his mind and asked Payne to return in the Judges' Houses. However, Payne was cut in this round, but was encouraged by Cowell to return to audition for the following series.[26]

Payne returned to the seventh series of the British Singing Competition The X Factor in 2010. He auditioned with Frank Sinatra's Cry Me a River, which earned him four yeses and a standing ovation from Simon Cowell. Payne was considered the second favorite to win the show after his solo audition.[27][28] 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, they were put together to form a five-piece boy band at Wembley Arena, during the bootcamp stage of the competition, thus qualifying for the Groups category.[29] Subsequently, the group got together for two weeks to get to know each other and to practice. For their qualifying song at Judges' houses, and their first song as a group, One Direction performed 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." The group quickly gained popularity in the UK, ultimately coming in third place on the show.[30][31]

One Direction

Following The X Factor, One Direction were signed to Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment in 2010.[32] One Direction released their first studio album, Up All Night, in 2011, followed by their second album, Take Me Home, in 2012. Their third album Midnight Memories was released in 2013, followed by their fourth album Four in 2014.[33] One Direction became the only group in this 58-year history of the Billboard Hot 200 chart to have their first four albums debut at number 1.[34]

During the Take Me Home Tour (One Direction) One Direction covered Wheatus's "Teenage Dirtbag". In the original song lead vocalist Brendan Brown performs a segment in a "female voice" which, in One Direction's rendition of the song Payne covered in falsetto. This garnered praise from Brown who commented "You can do my girl part anytime".[35][36]

Following the departure of former member Zayn Malik, Liam has been tasked with taking over the bulk of Malik's vocals.[37] Bandmate Harry Styles admitted, "Liam [Payne] stepped up to do the high notes. He kicks them in the bollocks every show. He doesn’t hold back."[38]

Payne is known as one of the principle writers in One Direction, credited for co-writing more than half of the songs on the band's third and fourth album.[39][40]

Solo work

Payne has begun working as a producer under the monikers "Big Payno" or "Payno", teaming up with fellow producers AfterHrs to remix several tracks including Cheryl Cole's "I Don't Care".[41]

Payne is also credited with writing Cole's "I Won't Break", off her album Only Human (Cheryl Cole album). A collaboration is also in the works with girl group Fifth Harmony.[42]

Payne has begun working on future projects collaborating with Juicy J on seven tracks with more in the works,[43][44][45] DJ Mustard,[46] and Miguel.[47] He has also been in the studio with multiplatinum producer and performing artist Pharrell Williams.[48]

Payne has also promoted up and coming acts such as LunchMoney Lewis,[49] Bars and Melody[50] and breakout stars 5 Seconds of Summer, who are signed to One Mode Productions Limited, on which Payne serves as director.[51][52]

Payne was interviewed and featured on the cover of the October 2015 issue of Attitude Magazine.[53] Payne was also awarded Sexiest Man of the Year for Attitude Magazine in November 2015.[54]

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
"Last First Kiss"
"Summer Love"
"Still the One"
2013 "Story of My Life" Midnight Memories
"Midnight Memories"
"Right Now"
"Little Black Dress"
"Through the Dark"
"Little White Lies"
"Better Than Words"
"Does He Know?"
2014 "Steal My Girl" Four
"Ready to Run"
"Fool's Gold"
"Change Your Ticket"
"I Won't Break" Cheryl Only Human


Payne is an avid supporter of Unicef and teamed up with tennis star Andy Murray, Jack Whitehall and Clare Balding in support of Unicef UK’s Children in Danger Summer Disease Appeal.[58]

Payne teamed up with motorsport star Eddie Jordan in support of UK based chartiy CLIC Sargent.[59]

Payne is an ambassador for the charitable organization Trekstock, whose aim is to "empower young adults to thrive through and beyond cancer."[60][61] Payne's original campaign with the organization in 2013 raised $784,198.[62] He raised an additional $211,237 during his campaign in 2015.[63] In conjunction with his 2015 campaign, Payne hosted The Great Gatsby Charity Ball.[64][65]

Payne also began a Twitter campaign in the hopes of helping impoverished people across the globe by personally getting involved with charity work and inspiring his followers to do so as well.[66]

Payne also gave a much needed push to a £6 million youth project "The Youth Zone" in his hometown of Wolverhampton.[67]

As a member on One Direction, Payne has also supported Comic Relief,[68] Office Depot's Anti-Bullying Campaign,[69] and a new initiative titled Action 1D "to help better the future."[70]

Personal life

Payne began dating X Factor dancer and online personality Danielle Peazer[71] in 2010 during his time on the X Factor. The couple split briefly in September 2012 before rekindling their romance in December 2012. The couple ended their 3-year relationship in April 2013.[72][73] During their hiatus, Payne briefly dated singer Leona Lewis.[74] Payne began dating current girlfriend Sophia Smith, a student, in 2013.[75]

Payne has three dogs: an Alaskan Klee Kai named Loki,[76] a Great Dane and a smaller pup named Watson and Ralph.[77] Actor Tom Hiddleston thanked Payne for naming his dog Loki, upon winning the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain.[78]

Payne saved best friend Andy Samuels following an accidental fire in August 2013.[79] Payne also came to the defense of a waitress when several members of the Tottenhaum Hotspurs F.C. acted inappropriately towards her in a club in London.[80][81] Payne also saved Calvin Harris during an incident at Miley Cyrus's birthday party in 2013.[82]

Payne is a friend of English recording artist Katie Waissel, who he helped through her divorce.[83] He is also close friends with radio personality Scott Mills.[84]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 The X Factor Himself Contestant; Series 5
2010 The X Factor Himself Contestant; Series 7
2011 One Direction: A Year In The Making Himself
2012 iCarly Himself Guest role; (Season 6, Episode 2)
Saturday Night Live Himself Guest role; (Season 37, Episode 18)
Big Time Tour Himself
2013 One Direction: This Is Us Himself
Saturday Night Live Himself Guest role; (Season 39, Episode 8)
Gary Barlow's Big Ben Bash Himself
Robbie William's One Night Only Gig[85] Himself
2014 Where We Are - The Concert Film Himself
Saturday Night Live Himself Guest role; (Season 40, Episode 10)
One Direction: The TV Special Himself
Dynamo: Magician Impossible Himself Guest Role, Season 4, Episode 1
Dancing With The Stars[86] Himself Guest Role, Season 19, Episode 13
2015 The Late Late Show with James Corden Himself Guest Role; Season 1, Episode 30
2015 Aegon Championships[87] Himself

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2011 Sugarscape's Hottest Lads of 2011[88] Hottest Lad Nominated
2012 Sugarscape's Hottest Lads of 2012[89] Hottest Lad Nominated
Glamour's World's Sexiest Man[90] Sexiest Man Nominated
2013 Capricho Awards International Male Hottie Won
Wolverhampton Son & Daughter's Award[91] Most Important Award Won
Capital FM Twitter Awards[92] Best Twitter Feud Won
Sugarscape's Hottest Lads of 2013[89] Hottest Lad Nominated
Glamour's World's Sexiest Man[93] Sexiest Man Nominated
J-14 Teen Icon Awards Shirtless Stud Runner Up
GQ Magazine Awards[94] Best Dressed Man Nominated
2014 Heat's Twitter Awards[95] Kick Off Artist Won
VH1 Music[96] Best Boyband Abs Won
Capital FM Twitter Awards[97] Best Twitter Feud Won
Capital FM Twitter Awards[97] Biggest Tweet on Twitter Won
J-14 Teen Icon Awards Iconic Couple (with GF Sophia Smith) Nominated
J-14 Teen Icon Awards Iconic Tweeter Winner
Sugarscape's Hottest Lads of 2014 Hottest Lad Nominated
2015 Heat's Twitter Awards[98] Cutest Celebrity Pet Won
2015 PopCrush Fan Choice Awards[99] Best Twitter Star Nominated
2015 PopCrush Fan Choice Awards[99] Best Instagram Star Nominated
2015 Sugarscape Twitter Awards[100] Funniest Celebrity Tweeter Nominated
2015 Sugarscape Twitter Awards[100] Biggest Celebrity Fangirl/boy Nominated

Harry Styles

Main article: Harry Styles
Styles at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards, Sydney, 26 November 2014

Harry Edward Styles, born (1994-02-01) 1 February 1994 (age 21),[101][102] is from the village of Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, England.[103] He is a former pupil at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, a state comprehensive school.[103] Born to Anne Cox (née Selley) and Des Styles,[3][101][104] he has one sibling, his elder sister Gemma.[6] He was seven when their parents divorced; his mother subsequently remarried.[105] Following the divorce, Styles, his older sister and mother moved further out into the Cheshire countryside.[10] At the age of 12 he moved back to Holmes Chapel.[10] Prior to participating in The X Factor, the then 16-year-old Styles had a part-time job at the W. Mandeville Bakery in Holmes Chapel.[106]

Styles was the lead singer for the band White Eskimo, with band members being lead guitarist Haydn Morris, bass guitarist Nick Clough and drummer Will Sweeny.[103] They had once entered a Battle of the Bands competition, which they won. As a child, Styles loved singing, noting Elvis Presley as one of his influences. He also cites Presley for his musical beginnings.[10] Styles cites contemporaries such as Foster the People, Coldplay and Kings of Leon among his influences.[13] Styles stated that "The X Factor gave him 'a lot more' [confidence]" as a performer.[10] He often looks to Coldplay front man Chris Martin for inspiration when performing on stage.[107] Styles has stated that The Beatles had an influence on him growing up, as his father often played their music.[108]

Louis Tomlinson

Main article: Louis Tomlinson
Tomlinson at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards, Sydney, 26 November 2014.

Louis William Tomlinson, born Louis Troy Austin on (1991-12-24) 24 December 1991 (age 23),[109][110][111] is from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England.[3] Born to Johannah (née Poulston) and Troy Austin,[3] his parents split up when he was young and he took the surname of his stepfather, Mark Tomlinson.[3] He has one younger half-brother and six younger half-sisters, two of whom had roles as babies in the television series Fat Friends, on which he appeared as an extra. After Fat Friends, he attended an acting school in Barnsley.[10] He had small parts in an ITV drama film If I Had You and BBC's Waterloo Road. He was a sixth form student at Hall Cross School, a state comprehensive school, and a former pupil of the Hayfield School.[10] 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.[10] He had a number of jobs, including at a Vue cinema and at Doncaster Rovers football stadium as a waiter in the hospitality suites.[10][112]

As a student at Hall Cross, Tomlinson appeared in several musical productions.[8][113] Playing Danny Zuko in the Hall Cross musical production of Grease motivated him to audition for The X Factor.[8][114] Tomlinson cites Robbie Williams as his biggest influence and idol.[115] 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."[115] He also admires Ed Sheeran, describing him as "phenomenal".[116]


Zayn Malik

Main article: Zayn Malik
Malik at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards, Sydney, 26 November 2014

Zain Javadd "Zayn" Malik,[117] born (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 22),[118] is from Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.[119] His father, Yaser Malik, is British Pakistani, and his mother, Tricia (née Brannan) Malik, is of Irish and English descent.[120] He has one older sister, Doniya, and two younger sisters, Waliyha and Safaa.[6][121]

He grew up in East Bowling,[119] was a pupil at Lower Fields Primary School, and went to Tong High School, a state comprehensive school.[122] Malik did not fit in at his first two schools due to his mixed heritage.[citation needed] Malik has stated that he started taking pride in his appearance after moving schools at the age of twelve.[10] Upon auditioning for The X Factor, he stated: "I was looking for an experience".[123] He cites urban music as his main musical influence, growing up, he was into R&B and rap.[10][123] He as well as other members of One Direction further notes artists such as Bruno Mars, as a "dream collaborator."[124] Malik is a heavy cigarette smoker; in late 2011, he expressed his desire to quit.[125] Malik is Muslim, and once affirmed that by tweeting "La ila ha ill lalla ho muhammed door rasoolalah" (declaration of faith, meaning: "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah").[126] In June 2012, Malik's approach to Islam was criticised by blogger Debbie Schlussel, who accused him of advertising Islam to young fans; at the same time, he was criticised, on Twitter, by conservative Muslims, for not taking Islamic doctrine seriously enough.[127][128] In July 2014, during the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict, Malik tweeted the message "#FreePalestine" to his 13 million Twitter followers, reportedly provoking anger from One Direction fans in Israel.[129]

On 18 August 2013, Malik proposed to singer Perrie Edwards, of girl group Little Mix.[130] Malik, along with Styles and Tomlinson, support Manchester United.[131] He also supports Pakistan's national cricket team and once tweeted when Pakistan lost the Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-finals.[132]

On 25 March 2015, a week after leaving the group's Asia portion of their world tour citing stress, Malik resigned from the group entirely, citing his desire to live a "normal 22-year-old" life out of the spotlight.[133] His last public performance in the band was the show of On the Road Again Tour in Hong Kong (18 March).


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