Samuel Dylan Murray Preston (born 16 January 1982, more commonly known as Preston, is an English singer, who is the lead singer of The Ordinary Boys. He also appeared in the reality television show Celebrity Big Brother in 2006, in which he finished fourth. After The Ordinary Boys split in 2008, he embarked on a songwriting career and led The Ordinary Boys with a revamped line-up on a December 2011 UK tour and a further reunion date on Friday 13 December 2013.
Samuel Preston was born in Worthing, West Sussex. He was educated at Sompting Abbotts public School and Bishop Luffa School. He is son to Anthony and Miranda Preston, and brother to Alex and Lucy Preston. His grandfather is the Princeton University English professor Samuel Hynes. His brother, Alex Preston, is a novelist.
After The Ordinary Boys split, Preston started working on material for a solo album, and released the song "Dressed to Kill", on 5 July 2009 as part of T4. The song samples the introduction from the song "Happy House" by Siouxsie and the Banshees. The single was released on 7 September 2009 but failed to chart after Preston had to delay the launch and pull out of promotional performances after breaking both arms in a bicycle accident. He is now a songwriter. In 2011, Preston co-wrote the number one Olly Murs song "Heart Skips a Beat". Preston announced the reforming of the Ordinary Boys in 2011, and a new 12-date tour. Preston also co wrote the song and duet "Beautiful" by Enrique Iglesias and Kylie Minogue for their respective albums, and his track "Dressed to Kill" was re-recorded by American singer Cher for her album Closer to the Truth.
In January 2007, Preston appeared as a guest panellist on comedy gameshow Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He walked out of the studio during the programme's recording, offended by jokes made at Houghton's expense by the show's host Simon Amstell. In an August 2009 interview he admitted that he regretted walking off the show and said that he would return to the programme if asked, saying "I'm struggling to think why I would have acted so weird." The show has become famous for its walk-offs, with other guests, Lemmy in 1998 and Huey Morgan in 2013, with all three sitting in the same chair to the left of team captain Phill Jupitus, leading to it being called the 'ejector seat'.
A week after the end of Celebrity Big Brother, Preston became engaged to his longtime French girlfriend, Camille Aznar. He kept in contact with Houghton, and broke up with Aznar a month later to allow Houghton to move into his Brighton flat. He and Houghton got engaged on 11 April 2006, and in an exclusive £300,000 deal each with OK! magazine, they were married on 25 August 2006 at Dartmouth House in Mayfair, London.
After their honeymoon, the couple moved to Preston's flat in Brighton, East Sussex.
On 27 June 2007, Preston and Houghton announced their separation, and received the decree nisi for their divorce on 21 November 2007.