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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

Main article: 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 & 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]

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),[21][22] is from the village of Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, England.[23] He is a former pupil at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School, a state comprehensive school.[23] Born to Anne Cox (née Selley) and Des Styles,[3][21][24] he has one sibling, his elder sister Gemma.[6] He was seven when their parents divorced; his mother subsequently remarried.[25] 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.[26]

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.[23] 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.[27] Styles has stated that The Beatles had an influence on him growing up, as his father often played their music.[28]

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),[29][30][31] 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][32]

As a student at Hall Cross, Tomlinson appeared in several musical productions.[8][33] Playing Danny Zuko in the Hall Cross musical production of Grease motivated him to audition for The X Factor.[8][34] Tomlinson cites Robbie Williams as his biggest influence and idol.[35] 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."[35] He also admires Ed Sheeran, describing him as "phenomenal".[36]


Zayn Malik

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

Zain Javadd "Zayn" Malik,[37] born (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 22),[38] is from Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.[39] His father, Yaser Malik, is British Pakistani, and his mother, Tricia (née Brannan) Malik, is of Irish and English descent.[40] He has one older sister, Doniya, and two younger sisters, Waliyha and Safaa.[6][41]

He grew up in East Bowling,[39] was a pupil at Lower Fields Primary School, and went to Tong High School, a state comprehensive school.[42] 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".[43] He cites urban music as his main musical influence, growing up, he was into R&B and rap.[10][43] He as well as other members of One Direction further notes artists such as Bruno Mars, as a "dream collaborator."[44] Malik is a heavy cigarette smoker; in late 2011, he expressed his desire to quit.[45] 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").[46] 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.[47][48] 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.[49]

On 18 August 2013, Malik proposed to singer Perrie Edwards, of girl group Little Mix.[50] Malik, along with Styles and Tomlinson, support Manchester United.[51] He also supports Pakistan's national cricket team and once tweeted when Pakistan lost the Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-finals.[52]

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.[53] 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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