Olly Murs

  • 06 April 2010

Date of birth

14th May, 1984







Olly Murs (born Oliver Stanley Murs, 14.05.1984)
Olly Murs is an English singer and TV presenter who gained popularity through his appearance on 'The X Factor'.

Childhood: Olly Murs was born in Witham, Essex, to Vicki-Lynn and Peter Murs. Murs studied at Howbridge Junior School in Witham, before going on to study at Notley High School in Braintree, Essex. Here, he developed a love for football, yet it was brought to an end when he suffered an injury that stopped him being able to play. Murs went on to get a job as a recruitment consultant and helped to form a cover band called Small Town Blaggers. Murs made an appearance on the television show 'Deal or No Deal', for which he won 10 GBP in 2007. In 2008, Murs went backpacking in Australia.

Career: After auditioning twice and failing on both occasions, Olly Murs applied again for 'The X Factor' during its sixth series in 2009. He came second in the contest, losing to Joe McElderry, and having to miss his brother's wedding as it clashed with the semi-finals of the show. He was signed to Epic Records, however, in 2010, and his debut single, 'Please Don't Let Me Go', topped the UK charts. MUrs released his self-titled debut studio album on 26th November 2010. The album received positive reviews and reached the second spot on the UK album charts. Murs released his second studio album, 'In Case You Didn't Know', on 25th November 2011, which topped the UK albums chart. This was followed by his third studio album, 'Right Place Right Time' on 26th November 2012, which received moderate results and once again topped the UK albums chart. It reached the number 19 spot on Billboard's 200 list as well. Murs waited until 21st November 2014 to release his fourth studio album, 'Never Been Better'. It topped the UK album charts, yet failed to perform in the US.

Personal Life: In 2012, Murs began dating model Francesca Thomas.

Olly Murs on the red carpet at a special screening for 'Johnny English Strikes Again' held at Curzon Mayfair in London. It's the third movie in this comedy spy franchise starring Rowan Atkinson - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 3rd October 2018

7 Stars That Swapped A Football Career For Music

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 09 August 2018

Robbie Williams Olly Murs Julio Iglesias Rod Stewart Louis Tomlinson Johnny Marr Mark Owen

From Robbie Williams to Olly Murs, these musicians are still football mad.

As football fans all around the world buzz about Transfer Deadline Day, watching the flurry of activity online as clubs make the most of their last chance to transfer players, it got us thinking about how many big musicians transferred their careers from the pitch to the stage.

Image caption Olly Murs at 'The Voice' photocall

The 33-year-old was shopping in the department store on Black Friday last year when he experienced a flurry of terror among shoppers. As hundreds of customers evacuated the building, Olly found himself hidden in a small room believing that shots had been fired, though later it was declared that there was no danger.

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Olly Murs Admits He Hasn't Spoken To Simon Cowell In Ages

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 08 March 2018

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Despite not having spoken properly to Cowell since he was axed from 'The X Factor' over two years ago, 'The Voice' judge Murs thinks there's no bad blood.

Olly Murs has downplayed continued rumours about a feud with his former mentor Simon Cowell, after he took a job on the judging panel of rival singing contest ‘The Voice’ last year.

In October 2017, Murs, who was a finalist in the sixth series of ‘The X Factor’ back in 2009, raised eyebrows by accepting a place on ‘The Voice’ for its re-boot on ITV. Ever since, rumours have abounded that he has had a falling out with music mogul Cowell.

However, the English star mentioned in a new interview that, while he admittedly hasn’t even spoken to Cowell since he was axed as a presenter of ‘The X Factor’ back in late 2015, he reckons that there’s no bad blood between them.

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Olly Murs In A 'Secret' Relationship With Melanie Sykes

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 14 November 2017

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The pair have been dating for months.

It's always a surprise to discover a new celebrity couple, especially when they have managed to keep their romance under wraps for so long. Rumour has it that Olly Murs has been dating TV star Melanie Sykes for over a year, indulging in private dates within their own homes.

Image caption Olly Murs at The Voice UK photocall

The 33-year-old British popstar has been with his new girlfriend, a 47-year-old model and presenter, for more than 12 months after a mutual friend introduced the pair and they developed a mutual interest in fitness.

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Olly Murs Confirms He Is Joining 'The Voice UK' Judging Panel

By Ed Biggs in Movies / TV / Theatre on 11 October 2017

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Simon Cowell is not happy.

Just over a year after he quit ‘The X Factor’, Olly Murs has committed the egregious pop star sin of betrayal of Simon Cowell, announcing that he’s set to become a judge on the next series of ‘The Voice UK’.

Murs will be taking up the spinning chair previously occupied by the departing Gavin Rossdale, and will appear when the show returns on ITV for its seventh series in early 2018. He’ll be alongside Sir Tom Jones, Jennifer Hudson and the ever-present will.i.am on the judging panel, while Emma Willis will return as the host.

“I’m absolutely buzzing about being a coach on ‘The Voice UK’ and can’t wait to sit in the big red chair alongside will, Jennifer and Tom,” 33 year old Murs said in a statement on Wednesday (October 11th) announcing his participation on the singing contest.

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Olly Murs' Mother Reveals Impact Of His Twin Brother Ben Disowning Family

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 16 January 2017

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Olly's twin brother Ben has disowned him and the family, in a feud dating back to Olly's participation in 'The X Factor' in 2009.

Olly Murs’ mother has revealed that the very public feud between her famous son and his twin brother Ben has left her “on the verge of a breakdown”.

The estranged twins had already had a poor relationship before Olly said that he would be missing Ben’s wedding back in 2009, because of commitment to ‘The X Factor’, when he finished second to Joe McElderry. His decision to focus on his career has always been a source of tension, leading to Ben eventually deciding to disown Olly and the family.

Speaking to Sunday Times Magazine at the weekend, 32 year old Olly and his 55 year old mother, Vickylynn revealed the impact the rift has had on the family – including her own health.

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Olly Murs arrives at The 2016 Jingle Bell Ball held at the O2, London, United Kingdom - Saturday 3rd December 2016

Olly Murs performs at Free Music Live at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, United Kingdom - Saturday 26th November 2016

Olly Murs arrives at Free Music Live at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, United Kingdom - Saturday 26th November 2016

Olly Murs seen outside BBC Radio 2 at BBC Western House, London, United Kingdom - Friday 4th November 2016

'Naturist' Olly Murs Strips Off For Naked Twiter Pic

By Stephanie Chase in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 09 September 2016

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The pop star and presenter had just a pineapple to cover his modesty.

Olly Murs made his fans very happy on Twitter Friday morning, by posting a picture of himself completely naked. But Olly didn't quite go the ‘fully monty’ on social media, instead the 32-year-old had a strategically placed pineapple covering his manhood.

@danwootton I actually think I am pic.twitter.com/XyVk5ncwKY

— Olly Murs (@ollyofficial) September 9, 2016

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Caroline Flack May Miss The First 'X Factor' Live Show With Flu

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 29 October 2015

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The 'X Factor' co-host may be forced to make Olly Murs present alone after coming down with the flu this week.

Caroline Flack, co-host of ‘The X Factor’, may miss out on presenting the first of the current series’ live shows because she’s struggling to shake off a bout of the flu.

A source told The Sun [via the Mirror] on Wednesday (October 28th) that Flack was bed-ridden and may not recover in time to host this weekend’s first live shows, leaving co-presenter Olly Murs to do so by himself.

“She hasn’t been feeling well this week at all, and the timing couldn’t be worse, with the first live performances this weekend,” the source revealed. “She has been resting at home and doing everything she possibly can to recover in time to make it on stage with Olly on Saturday night.”

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Olly Murs Admits "Difficult" Split From Long Term Girlfriend

By Charlotte Court in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 07 October 2015

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The X Factor presenter spoke about his difficulties with the Loose Women panel

Cheeky chappie Olly Murs has revealed he has been anything but cheerful recently after a "difficult" break up with his long-term girlfriend. The X Factor presenter told the Loose Women panel that he had had a "couple of difficult weeks" following his break-up and spoke of his frustration over rumours that his boss Simon Cowell has been trying to set him up with his co-host Caroline Flack.

Image caption Olly Murs admitted that it had been a "difficult" time in the wake of his break up

The 31-year-old singer said: "I’m so cross with him. It’s so silly. I’ve obviously gone through a break up with my girlfriend which has been quite sad and it’s been quite a difficult couple of weeks.

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Olly Murs "Heartbroken" After Splitting With Long-Term Girlfriend Francesca Thomas

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 28 September 2015

Olly Murs The X Factor

The split, which is reported to have happened last week, came after the pair had gone on holiday together.

Olly Murs’ professional life is as healthy as it ever was, presenting the new series of ‘The X Factor’ on ITV alongside Caroline Flack and his music career being reactivated in the near future, but behind the scenes the pop star is apparently heartbroken after his three-year relationship with his girlfriend, Francesca Thomas, suddenly came to an end last week.

A report in The Sun on Sunday (September 27th) indicates that Murs, 31, and his 26 year old property developer girlfriend called it a day at some point last week, shortly after enjoying a quick romantic getaway together.

A source close to Murs said: “The split has just happened and it is very raw for Olly, he still feels numb.” It’s thought that the break-up wasn’t acrimonious, but that the pair had simply drifted apart over time, exacerbated by his busy work schedule.

Continue reading: Olly Murs "Heartbroken" After Splitting With Long-Term Girlfriend Francesca Thomas