Harry Edward Styles (born 1 February 1994) is an English singer and songwriter. His musical career began in 2010 when he auditioned for the British singing competition The X Factor. He was eliminated early on, but was brought back to form the boy band One Direction, finishing in third place.
As a member of One Direction, they subsequently signed with Syco after their success on The X Factor and rose to international prominence with four number-one albums on the UK Albums Chart and Billboard 200, and four number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart and four top-five singles on the Billboard Hot 100. After the band announced that they would be going on an indefinite hiatus in 2016, Styles signed with Columbia Records as a solo artist.
Styles released his debut solo single, “Sign of the Times”, in 2017 which charted atop the UK Singles Chart and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It was named “Song of the Year” by Rolling Stone, while its music video earned Styles a Brit Award. His self-titled debut album was released later in the year, topping the charts in fourteen countries and earning a place in several music critics’ year-end lists. Its follow-up, Fine Line (2019), broke record as the biggest sales debut from an English male artist in the US.
Styles made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s war film Dunkirk (2017).