Harry Edward Styles (born 1 February 1994) is an English singer, songwriter, and actor. He is known as a member of the boy band One Direction. He made his debut as a singer with his band White Eskimo, who performed locally in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. In 2010, Styles auditioned as a solo artist for the British television series The X Factor. After being eliminated as a solo performer, Styles was brought back into the competition, along with four other contestants, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, to form One Direction.
Styles and his One Direction colleagues have released the albums Up All Night (2011), Take Me Home (2012), Midnight Memories (2013), Four (2014), and Made in the A.M. (2015). They have also performed on two worldwide tours, one featured on concert film One Direction: This Is Us, and won several awards, including five Brit Awards and four MTV Video Music Awards.
On 23 June 2016 it was reported by Billboard that Styles had signed a three-album solo recording deal with Columbia Records, the same label behind One Direction. Preceded by its first solo single "Sign of the Times", his self-titled debut album was released on 12 May 2017. Styles made his acting debut in the war film Dunkirk in July 2017.