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. In 2013 he officially reunited The Ordinary Boys and in 2015 they released their self-titled comeback album.
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 (born in Philadelphia), and brother to Alex and Lucy Preston. His grandfather is the Princeton University English professor Samuel Hynes. His brother, Alex Preston, is a novelist. In his teenage years Preston lived in Philadelphia with his Mother's side of the family.
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.
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.
In 2008 Preston moved to Philadelphia where he lived for 3 years. He has an American citizenship from his Mother's side of the family.