Paul Cattermole

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Paul Cattermole
Cattermole performing in 2010
Cattermole performing in 2010
Background information
Birth namePaul Gerald Cattermole
Born (1977-03-07) 7 March 1977 (age 44)
St Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Years active1999–present
Associated actsS Club 7, S Club 3

Paul Gerald Cattermole (born 7 March 1977) is an English singer. Cattermole was a member of the group S Club 7, but left the group in 2002.[1]

Early life[edit]

Cattermole was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire. He was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre and appeared in "Pendragon" (1994). He studied theatre. Simon Fuller picked him for S Club 7.


1999–2002: S Club 7[edit]

Cattermole performing live at S Club Party Tour in 2001.

Cattermole became a member of S Club 7 after a series of auditions, along with members Tina Barrett, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O'Meara, Hannah Spearritt and Rachel Stevens in 1999.[2] During five years they released four number one singles and one number one album. They also had a series of TV shows, which were: Miami 7, L.A. 7, Hollywood 7 and Viva S Club. The group rose to fame by starring in their own BBC television series, Miami 7, in 1999. Over the five years they were together, S Club 7 had four UK No.1 singles, one UK No.1 album, a string of hits throughout Europe, including a top-ten single in the United States, Asia, Latin America and Africa.

They recorded a total of four studio albums, released eleven singles and went on to sell over fourteen million albums worldwide. Their first album, S Club, had a strong 1990s pop sound, similar to many artists of their time. However, through the course of their career, their musical approach changed to a more dance and R&B sound. The concept and brand of the group was created by Simon Fuller, also their manager through 19 Entertainment; they were signed to Polydor Records. Their television series went on to last four series, seeing the group travel across the United States and eventually ending up in Barcelona, Spain. It became popular in 100 different countries where the show was watched by over 90 million viewers.[3] As well as the popularity of their television series, S Club 7 won two Brit Awards.[4] Cattermole stayed with the band until June 2002.[5]

2002–2003: Skua and hiatus[edit]

In June 2002 Cattermole reunited with his old school friends and formed the nu metal band Skua — described as having a "Limp Bizkit vibe" as well as comparing their style to Rage Against the Machine. The band split in 2003, after they failed to sign with a record label and the number of shows was low.[6]

2008–2014: S Club 3[edit]

After a five-year on hiatus, it was announced in October 2008 that O'Meara, Cattermole, and McIntosh were to perform as S Club 3. The group consisted of a series of university and nightclub gigs, where they performed a set list consisting of a selection of songs from their Greatest Hits album.[7][8] This had been performing in various nightclubs, universities and Butlins holiday camps around the United Kingdom. Cattermole sang with his own band at a charity concert called 'The Sounds of Summer' at 'The Lord Taverners' club in London on 27 July 2011. Barrett joined the group for one performance in March 2014.[9]

2014–2015: Skua return and S Club 7 reunion[edit]

In January 2014 Skua reformed. On 14 July the band released their first single, "Falling".[10] On 20 July, the released another two singles, "Got Not Choice" and "Out Of Control".[11][12] Their debut album, Kneel, was released on 14 October.[13] Due to commitments with S Club 7's reunion, Skua found themselves lacking a frontman and the project halted having only released one album. The album was promoted only by the band themselves mainly via social media, no record labels were involved.

In October 2014, it was confirmed that the original lineup would reunite for the first time in over a decade for BBC Children in Need.[citation needed] S Club 7 announced their plans for an arena reunion tour, promptly entitled Bring It All Back 2015, which toured the UK in May 2015.[14] After the S Club 7 full reunion tour, Cattermole decided to leave S Club 3 too.[15]

2015–present: Other projects[edit]

Since 2015, after bankruptcy, Cattermole has been working on odd jobs, like delivering pizza.[16] Cattermole tried a career in reality shows and asked to participate in Celebrity Big Brother, Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing on Ice, but he didn't get invitations.[16] In 2018 he started to work as manager in Swanage's radio station.[17] In September 2019, he appeared on the dating show First Dates Hotel.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Cattermole and Hannah Spearritt first met as members of the National Youth Music Theatre in 1994. At the time Paul was 17 years old, and Hannah was 14. They appeared together in Pendragon.[19] In 1999, Cattermole and Spearritt both were selected as members of a seven-member pop group named S Club 7, where they became good friends. In May 2001, the friendship developed into romantic relationship. They kept their relationship a secret for the first six months, waiting until November 2001 to make a public announcement. Their S Club colleagues were supportive of the relationship.[20] Cattermole departed from the band in 2002 but the couple continued to date until early 2006.[21] In June 2015, Cattermole and Spearritt started a romantic relationship again, splitting in November the same year.[22]

Financial issues and bankrupt[edit]

Cattermole had been declared bankrupt in 2014.[23][24] In January 2018, he auctioned his Brit Award for Best British Breakthrough Act up on eBay, saying "there are bills to pay."[25] The award eventually closed at £66,100, and Cattermole also listed his 2002 Brit for "Don't Stop Movin'" (Best British Single).[26] The latter hit the same figures, but was ultimately relisted to eventually sell for a more modest £3,000. Cattermole said that half of the payments would go towards paying bills, but was still deciding what to do with the other half.

In February 2018 in an interview with Loose Women, Cattermole stated the depth of his financial burden and thanked the TV producers for giving him a shirt to wear for the interview.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Miami 7 Himself Main role
2000 L.A. 7
S Club 7 Go Wild! Reality television for World Wide Fund for Nature
2001 Hollywood 7 Main role
S Club Search Himself / Judge / Mentor
2002 Viva S Club Himself Main role
2019 First Dates Hotel Participant


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Back to the '50s Paul Television film
Boyfriends & Birthdays
2000 S Club Christmas Special
Creative Differences


  1. ^ "Universal Execs, Acts Gather For San Francisco Meet", Billboard
  2. ^ Paramor, Jordan (2001). 7 Heaven: The Official Book. Great Britain: Puffin Books. pp. 6–19, 21–22, 36, 38, 41. ISBN 0-14-131460-5.
  3. ^ "S Club reach for the top". BBC News. 18 June 2000. Retrieved 4 September 2007.
  4. ^ "S Club to split up". BBC News. 21 April 2003. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
  5. ^ "The S Club get back to work". CBBC Newsround. BBC. 30 June 2002. Retrieved 18 April 2007.
  6. ^ "Paul leaves S Club 7". BBC News. BBC. 28 March 2002. Retrieved 18 April 2007.
  7. ^ "S Club 7 reform with three members". Digital Spy. 5 November 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2008.
  8. ^ " video – S Club 3: Powerhouse, Newcastle – 6 December 2008". YouTube. Google Inc. 6 December 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  9. ^ Hallam, Katy (28 March 2014). "Birmingham Gay Pride 2014: Eternal, Gabrielle and Conor Maynard top the bill". Birmingham Mail. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Falling – Skua". iTunes Store. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Got No Choice". Skua Official Channel. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Out Of Control". Skua Official Channel. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Kneel – Skua". iTunes Store. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  14. ^ Nissim, Mayer (17 November 2014). "S Club 7 announce 'Bring It All Back' 2015 arena tour dates". Digital Spy. United Kingdom: Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  16. ^ a b c "S Club 7's Paul Cattermole's desperate struggle for work". NZ Herald. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  17. ^ "Paul Cattermole: 'I've been answering S Club 7 questions for 20 years'". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  18. ^ "Gogglebox stars speechless at 'unrecognisable' S Club 7's Paul Cattermole". Metro. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  20. ^ "CBBC Newsround | MUSIC | S Club 7 pair admit secret love". BBC News. 19 October 2001. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Remember when Hannah Spearritt and Paul Cattermole Were The Greatest Couple In Pop. Yahoo Com
  22. ^ "Hannah Spearritt and Paul Cattermole seen snogging on tube after fiancé reveals she DUMPED him for S Club bandmate - 3am & Mirror Online". 25 June 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  23. ^ Vincent, Alice (14 November 2014). "The demise and fall of S Club 7". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  24. ^ Bassett, Jordan (17 January 2018). "Paul from S Club 7 on the Brit Award he sold for £66,000". NME. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  25. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (12 January 2018). "S Club 7 member puts Brit award up for sale on eBay". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  26. ^ Copsey, Rob (17 January 2018). "S Club 7's Paul Cattermole opens up about why he sold BRIT Award and the group's "difficult" reunion tour". Official Charts. Retrieved 17 January 2018.

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