Harry Edward Styles (born 1 February 1994) is an English singer, songwriter, and actor. He rose to stardom as a member of the boy band One Direction. Styles grew up in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, where he was the lead singer in a band. In 2010, Styles auditioned as a solo contestant for the British music competition series The X Factor, where he and four other contestants were placed in a group to form One Direction. They have since released five studio albums, embarked on four world tours, and won several awards. The group went on indefinite hiatus in January 2016.
In June 2016, Styles signed a solo record deal with Columbia Records. His debut single, "Sign of the Times", was released in April 2017, reaching number one in the UK and number four in the US. Its music video earned him a Brit Award. His self-titled debut album was released in May 2017, debuting atop the UK and US charts, and received a generally positive critical reception. Styles made his film debut in Christopher Nolan's war film Dunkirk (2017).