Harry Edward Styles (born 1 February 1994) is an English singer, songwriter, and actor. His musical career began in 2010, when he auditioned as a solo contestant on the British music competition series The X Factor. He was eliminated early on, but he was brought back to form the boy band One Direction. After the band's indefinite hiatus in 2016, Styles signed with Columbia Records as a solo artist.
In 2017, Styles released his debut solo single "Sign of the Times", which topped the UK Singles Chart and peaked at number four on the US 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 ranking in several music critics' year-end lists. Styles made his acting debut in Christopher Nolan's war film Dunkirk (2017). His second studio album, Fine Line (2019), broke the record as the biggest sales debut from an English male artist in the US, and spawned the UK and US top 10 single "Adore You".