A gifted singer/songwriter who counts acting, football and presenting among his many talents, Louis Tomlinson has shone brightly throughout his time with One Direction.
Having started his music career on The X-Factor, the 24-year-old has grown into an international superstar alongside his band-mates.
A keen performer, Louis started his career as an actor, taking part as an extra in comedy Fat Friends as a child. Following some small television roles, including If I Had You and Waterloo Road when he was 11, the confident entertainer auditioned for the seventh season of The X-Factor in 2010 and advanced several rounds, before being formed into a group with fellow contestants Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik to become One Direction, a group that eventually finished the competition in third place. Following the competition, Syco signed One Direction, and the band soon rocketed to stardom, performing at multiple events in a number of countries, and earning a wealth of fans across the world with their first single, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ (released in 2011), which became a global No.1 hit.
The most successful act to come from the The X-Factor, and certainly one of the most globally successful bands in the world, One Direction has enjoyed a succession of hits, including four No.1 singles and four No.1 albums; winning 169 awards and embarking on four world tours throughout their career. The boys made their fifth and latest album, ‘Made in the A.M.’, in November 2015, performing two tracks from it on the The X-Factor final, before announcing they were taking a hiatus from touring in 2016.
A keen philanthropist, Louis has invested an impressive amount of time and resources into a number of worthy causes; something he is very passionate about. In addition to the charity work he has carried out with his band mates, such as involvement in projects for Sport and Comic Relief, Nordoff Robbins, Save the Children (Action/1D project), Greenpeace and Believe In Magic (a charity centred on bringing joy to seriously and terminally ill children), Louis has also thrown himself into solo contributions, including hosting an extravagant Cinderella Ball for the latter; raising a phenomenal amount for the charity while simultaneously treating all attendees to a magical fairy-tale experience. The event left such a powerful impression that David Cameron Tweeted how proud he was of Louis and the charity’s founder, Meg Bhari.
Louis, who has been internationally lauded for his commitment to charity even though he is notoriously private about his involvement, is also a celebrity patron of the Stacey Mowle charity appeal and patron of the Eden Dora Trust, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, Believe in Magic, Stacey Smiles (all children’s charities) and an Ambassador of the Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards.
A recent father and semi-professional footballer having been signed by Doncaster Rovers on a non-contract basis in 2013, Louis is a talented songwriter who boasts writing credits on more than 33 of One Direction’s songs.
Louis has recently launched his own label via Syco and released a single, Just Hold On with Steve Aioki. Upon release the single hit No.1 on iTunes in an amazing 43 countries.