Famous British Pop Singers

The genre of pop music basically has its roots well laid in the American soil. But this does not mean that the pop culture is limited to Americans alone. The music type has travelled far and wide - every country, today, having its own long list of pop stars and pop music. British invasion of pop music kicked off in 1964 when Sir Paul McCartney and his group, The Beatles firmly made ground for themselves and Brit pop in the global music map. Winner of ten Grammy, one Academy, fifteen Ivor Novello awards, The Beatles became the best-selling band in history with an estimated sale of more than 600 million records worldwide. Interestingly, the legacy of Brit pop culture only zoomed upwards in the coming decades with new-age pop sensation not just claiming top spots in the world pop charts but being lauded for their exuberant musical talent and capabilities. British pop songs are characterized by phenomenal voice, great music and heartfelt lyrics. Singers such as Ed Sheeran, Tom Jones, Amy Winehouse, Charlie XCX, Sam Smith, Hozier, Florene Welsh, Jessie J, Adele, Leone Lewis have defied the usual pin-up standard of pop music and gave it a new identity with their experimental touch. Find out more about the life and music of famous British pop singers.

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 1 Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Halifax, West Yorkshire, England

Ed Sheeran is one of the most popular English singer-songwriters of the current generation. His songs Castle on the Hill and Shape of You from his third studio album broke records in several countries. He is one of the best-selling music artists in the world, having sold over 150 million records worldwide.

 2 Adele

Adele.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tottenham, London, England

Adele is one of the most successful female music artists from England. She is one of the best-selling music artists in the world, having sold over 120 million records. The recipient of numerous awards, Adele also holds several Guinness World Records. In 2012 and 2016, she was named in Time magazine's list of most influential people in the world.

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 3 Louis Tomlinson

Louis Tomlinson.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Doncaster

Louis Tomlinson is best known for his association with the popular boy band One Direction. A multi-talented personality, he is also known for his acting and footballing skills; while he started his career as an actor, he was later signed by the Doncaster Rovers Football Club. He is regarded as one of the most influential people in the UK.

 4 Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa.
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 22, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

At fourteen, singer Dua Lipa began her career by posting covers of famous songs on YouTube. She soon signed a contract with Warner Music Group and shot into fame with the release of her eponymous chart topping debut album. Since then, she has released her critically acclaimed second album, bagged two Grammys and created history at 2018 BRIT Awards.

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 5 Harry Styles

Harry Styles.
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: February 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Redditch, Worcestershire, England

With a career that began on the stage of The X Factor to being named Billboard’s Artist of the Year in 2014, Harry Styles is a name to be reckoned with in the music industry. He is a member of the internationally successful pop band, One Direction, and is known for his flamboyance and versatility.   

 6 John Lennon

John Lennon.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: October 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: December 8, 1980

John Lennon was part of the hugely successful and popular music band, Beatles. It became the first British band to break out big in the US. However, they eventually broke up. Subsequently, Lennon went solo, with 1971 album, Imagine, being his most successful and acclaimed post-Beatles efforts. Sadly he was shot dead by a deranged fan in New York.

 7 Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

English singer-songwriter and musician, Paul McCartney, is one of the most successful composers and performers of all time. He gained worldwide fame as co-lead vocalist and bassist for the rock band, the Beatles. He also enjoyed a successful solo career. Besides music, he has been actively involved in humanitarian causes and animal rights issues.

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 8 Liam Payne

Liam Payne.
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wolverhampton

Liam Payne is a popular English singer-songwriter who is part of the world-renowned boy band One Direction. Also a well-known philanthropist, Liam Payne has supported Comic Relief and Unicef. In 2020, he helped raise over $10 million for charitable organizations fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to his charity work, he serves as an inspiration to many youngsters across the world.

 9 Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding.
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hereford, England
Ellie Goulding has created chart-topping tracks such as Your Song and Lights. In 2010, she earned the BBC Sound of 2010 poll and the Brit Awards Critics' Choice Award, becoming the second artist to win both honors in the same year. She works with charities such as Children in Need.

 10 Jessie J

Jessie J.
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: March 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Redbridge, London, England
Jessie J, the first U.K. female artist to score six Top-10 singles from the same album, is best known for her Billboard Hot 100-charting single Domino. She has been a coach on The Voice in the U.K. and Australia, and has also appeared in the Chinese singing contest Singer.

 11 Elton John

Elton John.
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Famous As: Singer, Composer
Birthdate: March 25, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pinner, England
The supremely gifted English singer, songwriter, pianist and composer, Elton John has entertained music lovers globally since the 1970s. His phenomenal talent make him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. Not to forget his tribute to Princess Diana, Candle in the Wind 1997, which till date is one of the best-selling singles in the UK and the US.

 12 Lily Allen

Lily Allen.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England

 13 George Michael

George Michael.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: East Finchley, London, England
Died: December 25, 2016

George Michael is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham and later went solo. His first solo single Careless Whisper reached number one in over 20 countries. He came out as gay in 1998. He was often in news for his personal life and legal troubles.

 14 George Harrison

George Harrison.
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Famous As: Musician & Singer
Birthdate: February 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: November 29, 2001

Gaining fame as the lead guitarist of the rock band, the Beatles, English musician, George Harrison, helped broaden the scope of popular music in the Western world. He was also successful as a solo performer and released many best-selling albums. He was named in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time

 15 Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Skewen, Neath, Wales

 16 Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Highgate

British rock and pop singer and songwriter, Rod Stewart has sold over 250 million records worldwide and is counted among the best-selling music artists of all time. During his extensive career that spans almost six decades, he has won numerous awards and accolades. He was mentioned on the "Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists" list in 2008.

 17 Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Robbie Williams is one of the most popular and successful English singer-songwriters of his generation. Having sold 75 million records, Williams is one of the best-selling music artists ever. His lasting impact on British culture earned him the 2017 Brits Icon Award. Also a well-known philanthropist, Williams has established a charity organization called Give It Sum in his home town.

 18 David Bowie

David Bowie.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 10, 2016

English singer-songwriter and actor David Bowie is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Dubbed "The Greatest Rock Star Ever" by Rolling Stone magazine, he rose to international prominence in the 1970s with his innovative style of music. Deeply dedicated to his profession, he remained musically active until his death in 2016.

 19 Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham.
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Famous As: Singer, Businesswoman, Model, Fashion Designer
Birthdate: April 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlow, Essex, England

An internationally recognized fashion designer and style icon, Victoria Beckham is widely regarded as one of the most powerful women in the UK. She was appointed an OBE for services to the fashion industry in the 2017 New Year Honours. Also a popular singer, she was part of the best-selling female group of all time, Spice Girls.

 20 Perrie Edwards

Perrie Edwards.
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Famous As: Pop Singer
Birthdate: July 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: South Shields, England

English singer Perrie Edwards is famous for being part of the girl group Little Mix, which is one of the highest-selling girl groups ever, having sold more than 50 million records. Such is Edwards' popularity that she has been signed as the new face for brands like Superga and Nando's. She is also the first female ambassador for Supreme Nutrition.

 21 Rick Astley

Rick Astley.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newton-le-Willows

Rick Astley went from being a high-school drop-out and a driver, to becoming a music sensation. He turned into a global phenomenon with his 1987 track Never Gonna Give You Up, which topped charts in 25 countries. Years later, in 2007, the video was part of the viral meme “rickrolling.”

 22 Boy George

Boy George.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 14, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Barnehurst, Kent, England

Queer icon Boy George gained fame as the lead singer of the pop group Culture Club. He is known for his androgynous dressing style and for pioneering the New Romantic Movement of the 1970s and the 1980s. He has struggled with drug addiction and has written two bestselling memoirs.

 23 Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher later also led the band Beady Eye, before launching a solo career. Both his solo albums have topped the U.K. charts. The rock icon has been heavily influenced by John Lennon’s singing style. He loves dressing in parkas and is known for his outspokenness.

 24 Geri Halliwell

Geri Halliwell.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Watford

Geri Halliwell is a British singer-songwriter who achieved international fame as part of the popular girl group, The Spice Girls, which has sold more than 85 million records worldwide. Also a well-known philanthropist, Geri Halliwell has worked closely with the United Nations Population Fund, becoming its goodwill ambassador in 1998. She is widely regarded as a girl power icon.

 25 Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London
Seven-time Grammy-winning music producer and DJ Mark Ronson shot to fame with Amy Winehouse’s album Back to Black and single Rehab, and his own single Uptown Funk, featuring Bruno Mars. He won both the Grammy and the Golden Globe for co-writing Shallow. He supports disadvantaged children and budding artists.

 26 Martine McCutcheon

Martine McCutcheon
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 14, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hackney, London, England, UK

 27 Calum Scott

Calum Scott.
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Famous As: Singer, songwriter
Birthdate: October 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, England

Calum Scott is a British singer-songwriter who achieved national recognition after competing in the ninth series of the popular reality television show Britain's Got Talent. An openly gay musician, Calum Scott serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community around the world.

 28 Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel.
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Famous As: Musician & Singer
Birthdate: February 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chobham, Surrey, England

Man of Peace recipient and six-time Grammy-winner Peter Gabriel was the lead singer of Genesis but switched to a solo career in 1977. He co-founded the first online music download platform, OD2, and the WOMAD festival, apart from contributing to human rights, with groups such as Witness and The Elders.

 29 Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blackburn
Susan Boyle shot to fame with her rendition of I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables in an audition for Britain's Got Talent. Her first album, I Dreamed a Dream, was the best-selling debut album in U.K. history. She has also performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

 30 Jeff Lynne

Jeff Lynne.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: December 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shard End

Jeff Lynne is an English multi-instrumentalist, record producer, singer, and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band Electric Light Orchestra. He is also credited with popularizing the band with his leadership skills following the exit of co-founder Roy Wood in 1972. In the 2020 Birthday Honours, Lynne was appointed OBE for services to music.

 31 Maurice Gibb

Maurice Gibb.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Douglas, Isle of Man
Died: January 12, 2003

Maurice Gibb was one of the three members of the Bee Gees, the iconic pop-rock band of the 1960s and the 1970s, which redefined disco music of that era and released hits such as Stayin’ Alive. He also went solo with the single Railroad, but his solo album remained unreleased. 

 32 Rag’n’Bone Man

Rag’n’Bone Man.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Uckfield, East Sussex

 33 Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger.
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 26, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dartford, England

Mick Jagger is widely regarded as one of the most influential frontmen in rock & roll history. Known for his energetic performances on-stage and multiple relationships off-stage, Mick is frequently portrayed as a countercultural figure. He is an inductee to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and UK Music Hall of Fame.

 34 Samantha Womack

Samantha Womack
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK

 35 Naomi Scott

Naomi Scott.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hounslow, London, England

Best known for playing Princess Jasmine in the 2019 fantasy film Aladdin, Naomi Scott is one of the most popular actresses of English and Indian descent. She is also a noted singer and has released several singles and music videos. She is the UK ambassador to Compassion International, a Christian charity organization that sponsors children living in poverty.

 36 Anne-Marie

Anne-Marie.
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Famous As: Singer, songwriter
Birthdate: April 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: East Tilbury, Essex

 37 Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 14, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lucknow
The third-top-selling artist in UK Singles history, Cliff Richard has sold over 250 million records. He charted 67 top-ten and 14 number-one singles in the U.K. He mostly performed with his backing band, The Shadows, and redefined the rock-and-roll genre with singles such as Move It, which inspired The Beatles.

 38 Seal

Seal.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England

Seal is a British singer and songwriter. He has received several prestigious awards over the course of his career. Also known for his charity work, Seal has performed at several charity events in an attempt to help non-profit organizations, such as the Make It Right Foundation.

 39 Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield
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Famous As: Singer, Artist, Cleric
Birthdate: April 16, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Hampstead, London,England
Died: March 2, 1999

 40 Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London

Charlotte Gainsbourg, daughter of French singer Serge Gainsbourg and English actor Jane Birkin, made her singing debut at age 12. She is best known for her César Award-winning roles in La Bûche and An Impudent Girl. Her performance in Antichrist won her an award at the Cannes Film Festival.

 41 Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Walsall, West Midlands

Jorja Smith is an English singer-songwriter whose first studio album Lost & Found featured on the UK Albums Chart, peaking at third position. One of the youngest and most exciting talents in the music world, Smith is the recipient of the 2018 Brit Critics' Choice Award. In 2019, she won the Best British Female Artist award at the Brit Awards.

 42 Olly Murs

Olly Murs.
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Famous As: Choreographer, Composer, Singer, Musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Witham, Essex, England

Known for his songs like Thinking of Me, Heart Skips a Beat and Dance with Me Tonight, Olly Murs established himself as a successful singer and songwriter. The Englishman, whose music genres range from pop to neo soul came to prominence with his performance in The X Factor. The Manchester United fan is also a television presenter and voice actor.

 43 Ruel

Ruel.
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Famous As: Ssinger-songwriter
Birthdate: October 29, 2002
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Isleworth

 44 Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello.
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Birthdate: August 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England

Regarded as one of the greatest artists of all time, Elvis Costello is a British singer-songwriter. Often counted among British cultural icons, Costello is also known for his humanitarian efforts; a prominent member of the Jazz Foundation of America, Costello has played a crucial role in saving the lives of many elderly blues and jazz musicians in America.

 45 Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne.
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: October 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom

 46 Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

 47 Ella Henderson

Ella Henderson.
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 12, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tetney, United Kingdom

 48 Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Frodsham, Cheshire, England
Gary Barlow, best known as part of the British pop band Take That, has also had a successful solo career. The six-time Ivor Novello Award-winning singer has also judged shows such as The X Factor UK and has worked for charitable causes such as the Children in Need initiative. 

 49 Tracey Ullman

Tracey Ullman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Slough, Berkshire, England, UK

 50 James Arthur

James Arthur.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

James Arthur is an English singer-songwriter who achieved popularity after winning the popular British reality TV music competition The X Factor in 2012. Apart from debuting at the top position on the UK Singles Chart, his debut single also went on to sell more than 2.5 million copies, making it the most successful single in the history of the show.