|Olly Alexander Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||July 15, 1990|
Olly Alexander is a British singer, musician, songwriter, actor, and screenwriter. He has been cast in various films and shows such as It’s a Sin, Penny Dreadful, Le Week-End, Summerhill, Growing Up Gay, Skins, Enter the Void, Dust, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, Tormented, Bright Star, Great Expectations, Gulliver’s Travels, The Riot Club, Funny Bunny, The Dish & the Spoon, The Fades, Celebrity Gogglebox, and God Help the Girl. As a musician, he has worked on his solo project called Years & Years and has released albums, extended plays, and tracks like Communion, Palo Santo, Night Call, Y & Y, I Wish I Knew, King, Desires, Eyes Shut, Shine, If You’re Over Me, The Edge of Glory, Crave, and All for You.
Oliver Alexander Thornton
Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Olly Alexander got his early education from St John’s Primary School in Coleford.
He then got enrolled in Monmouth Comprehensive School. But later dropped out to study performing Arts at Hereford College of Arts. He dropped out from this one as well to focus on his acting career.
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, Screenwriter
- Father – David A. Thornton
- Mother – Vicki Thornton (One of the founders of the Coleford Music Festival)
- Siblings – He has an older brother.
Olly Alexander has been signed with Curtis Brown Group Ltd., Talent Agency, London, England, United Kingdom.
Synthpop, Indie pop, Electronica, Dance-pop
Vocals, Keyboard, Synthesizer, Piano
Polydor Records, Kitsuné Records
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm (Approx)
66 kg or 145.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Girlfriend / Spouse
Olly Alexander has dated –
- Neil Amin-Smith (2014-2015) – Olly Alexander started dating ex-Clean Bandit’s violinist Neil Amin-Smith at the start of 2015. They were pretty vocal about their relationship and in an interview with Capital FM, Smith opened up about their desire to set an example for young LGBT couples. Then in September 2015, they kissed onstage at the U.K. festival Jersey Live. However, the duo parted ways at the end of 2015 due to scheduling conflicts whilst on tour and recording.
Race / Ethnicity
Olly Alexander is of English and Welsh descent.
- Curly hair
- Wears nose ring
Best Known For
- Being the lead singer of the band Years and Years
- Being one of the leading English LGBT activists
Olly Alexander as a lead singer of band Years and Years released the debut studio album Communion in July 2015.
It went #1 in the UK and Irish music charts. The band managed to sell 1 million album copies worldwide.
Olly Alexander made his first theatrical film appearance in the 2009 biographical fiction drama film Bright Star as Tom Keats.
First TV Show
Olly made his TV show debut with ITV’s detective drama Lewis as Hayden Wishart in 2009.
Olly Alexander Favorite Things
- Singers / Bands – FKA Twigs, Jungle, Kalala, Tink, Beyonce, Jeff Buckley
- Writers – Milan Kundera, Haruki Murakami, Margaret Atwood
Source – Nylon.com, Standard.co.uk
Olly Alexander Facts
- Olly uses he/him pronouns.
- When Olly was 13, his parents got separated.
- Olly Alexander struggled with an eating disorder at the age of 10. However, he has overcome the disorder with the help of therapy.
- When he first auditioned for a role in God Help the Girl, he was turned by the management because he was too young. He auditioned again a couple of years later and was selected.
- At the second audition for God Help the Girl, he performed a song he had written at the age of 10 while on a camping holiday.
- Olly has been very open about his depression, anxiety, and mental problems.
- To pursue an acting career, he moved to London at the age of 17 and worked in Rokit vintage clothing store and also as a waiter for financial stability.
- He was often bullied in his school days for being gay and is currently associated with several LGBT charities and support groups.
- Alongside Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, James Corden, Catherine Tate, and others, he co-starred as Prince August in the 2010 American fantasy adventure comedy film Gulliver’s Travels, very loosely based on Part One of the 1726 novel of the same name by Jonathan Swift.
- In 2015, he lashed out at the NHS as they decided to stop the production of a drug that was more efficient in HIV prevention.
- In November 2016, he did a cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’ in support of UK charity CALM’s Torch Songs campaign, which highlighted music’s healing power.
- He won the LGBT Celebrity of the Year award at the British LGBT Awards in November 2020.
- In 2021, he appeared as Ritchie Tozer in the drama miniseries It’s a Sin and this performance got him nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award for “Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television”.