Born February 1, 1994, in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, Harry Styles is one of the original five members of the European boy band One Direction.
Simon Cowell created 1D during The X Factor UK in 2010; the other band members are Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson. The group finished in third place on the show, but signed a recording contract with Cowell’s Syco Records afterward.
The band experienced worldwide success with the 2011 release of their debut album, Up All Night. They released their sophomore effort, Take Me Home, the following year.
In late 2012, Styles was romantically linked to Taylor Swift. The two broke up in 2013. Several songs on Swift’s 2012 album Red and 2014 album 1989 are believed to be about Styles, including “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “Style.”
With One Direction on a hiatus starting in March 2016, Styles signed a solo recording contract with Columbia Records. The singer also entered the acting business in 2016, and stars in Christopher Nolan‘s action-drama Dunkirk.