Date of birth
7th October, 1959
Childhood: Simon Cowell was born in Brighton and raised in Elstree, Hertfordshire. His work in the music industry was kick-started by his father, Eric, who was a music industry executive, as well as an estate agent. His mother, Julie, was a ballet dancer.
After leaving Dover College before sixth form, Cowell had a number of casual jobs but failed to settle in any of them. Eventually, his father got him a job at the mailroom at EMI Music Publishing.
Early Career: Simon Cowell utilized his father's influence to work his way up in the music industry, eventually forming E&S Music with Ellis Rich, boss of EMI. E&S had a number of hit singles in the UK.
Cowell went on to work with Fanfare Records, who released Sinitta's debut single 'So Macho', which sold over half a million copies, as did her album Rondo Veneziano. Fanfare also forged a lucrative relationship with Stock Aitken and Waterman, the legendary pop producers of the 1980s. When Fanfare experienced financial difficulties in 1989, Cowell was in debt and forced to move back in with his parents.
Climbing his way back to success, Simon signed a number of high profile acts to S-Records, including Five, Westlife, Sonia and Curiosity Killed The Cat. He was also responsible for the release of a number of novelty songs by acts such as the Teletubbies, Zig and Zag and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In 2002, he set up Syco Records, which is home to artists such as Il Divo and Leona Lewis.
In 2004, Cowell formed the operatic pop group Il Divo who went on to be a huge success. He followed this by creating a child version of the group, named Angelis.
TV Judge: Simon Cowell was signed up as a judge on the first series of Pop Idol, in 2001. The next year, he was also signed up to judge American Idol. He is renowned for his harsh comments towards contestants and often gets booed by the live audiences on the shows.
2004 saw the first series of The X Factor shown on ITV. The show has been the subject of much tabloid gossip, with judge Louis Walsh being fired from the show and re-hired for the fourth series. There has also been tension between Sharon Osbourne and Danni Minogue. Osbourne has been replaced in the sixth series by Cheryl Cole of Girls Aloud.
In 2006, Simon Cowell masterminded the US TV show American Inventor.
The American NBC network showed America's Got Talent, gaining around 12 million viewers. The British version, with Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan on the panel, debuted in 2007.
The ITV show Grease Is the Word also has Simon Cowell on board as an executive producer. The show aimed to find the next actors to play Sandy and Denny in the West End production of Grease.
Other Ventures: Cowell's autobiography, I Don't Mean To Be Rude, But. was published in 2003.
Simon's voice has been used in a number of cartoons, including The Simpsons, Family Guy and Shrek 2.
Personal Life: Simon Cowell began dating Terri Seymour in 2002. In 2006, it was rumoured that he was also dating the model Jasmine Lennard, but both Cowell and Lennard deny the claims.
It has been reported that Simon Cowell earns over £54 million per annum.
Hard to think now, but 'BGT' almost didn't happen after Cowell's disastrous first pitch to Walliams.
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ has long been one of the most successful television shows in Britain, but Simon Cowell has revealed that it nearly didn’t happen at all, saying that he had to pitch the idea to David Walliams twice to get him on board.
Music mogul Cowell and former ‘Little Britain’ actor Walliams are famed for their on-set banter every springtime on ‘BGT’, but their friendship was very far from certain, particularly when Cowell first decided to run the idea for the show past him.
“I think he’s always been un-sackable,” Cowell said when he was interview on ‘Lorraine’ on Thursday morning (April 12th).
Simon Cowell is expanding his entertainment empire with a new dancing talent show for the BBC.
Simon Cowell is as seasoned as they come when it comes to creating hit talent shows for television. To-date, he's brought a number of successful franchises to ITV, such as 'The X Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent', but now it would appear he's jumping ship to work with the BBC for the very first time.
'The Greatest Dancer' is the name of Cowell's latest project; a show produced by Syco Entertainment for broadcast on Saturday nights. The series will of course see a number of dance acts compete over eight hour-long episodes, with the winner being given the prestigious title of 'The Greatest Dancer'.
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Creating First Show For The BBC With 'The Greatest Dancer'
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.
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.
Continue reading: Olly Murs Admits He Hasn't Spoken To Simon Cowell In Ages
Cheryl is widely reported to be involved with 'The Greatest Dancer', a new talent show currently in development by the BBC.
After more than two years out, Cheryl has confirmed that her television comeback will be on the BBC’s new talent show ‘The Greatest Dancer’, in what appears to be a sensational snub to ITV.
The former Girls Aloud star was spotted filming the new series at the Hammersmith Apollo on Tuesday this week, and took photos with fans alongside Alesha Dixon, Jordan Banjo and Matthew Morrison.
Cheryl is therefore expected to be named one of the show’s ‘dance captains’ in the coming weeks.
Cowell missed an episode of 'The X Factor' after the scary accident last month.
‘The X Factor’ head honcho Simon Cowell has spoken about the accident that kept him from attending the first live show of the series last week, revealing that he had initially feared that he had broken his neck.
The 58 year old fell down the stairs at his London home back on October 27th, and was taken to hospital as a precaution before returning home some hours later. However, at first, Cowell was genuinely concerned that he had suffered a serious and potentially life-changing injury, caused by what doctors thought was him “fainting” due to “low blood pressure”.
“I was lying on my back thinking, ‘I hope I haven’t broken my neck’,” he told The Sun newspaper on Tuesday night (November 7th). “But the NHS staff were the most amazing people I’ve ever met, genuinely. Fortunately it was all fine.”
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Feared He Had Broken His Neck After Falling Down Stairs
The former boy band member shot to fame on the ITV reality show
Harry Styles is returning to where it all started: The X Factor. The young singer began his rise to international stardom on the show in 2010 as one fifth of popular boyband, One Direction, and is now going to return to the infamous stage next Sunday - quelling rumours of a rift between him and head judge, Simon Cowell, in the process.
The now solo singer will return to the show on the back of fellow former bandmate, Liam Payne’s footsteps and perform his new stuff on the ITV show.
The singer is currently mentoring the over 25s
The X Factor has only been back on our screens for a few months but already one of its judges is looking towards the line-up next year. Nicole Scherzinger has revealed she has already been asked back to the show, despite heavy suggestions by head judge Simon Cowell he would like Cheryl to return.
The former Pussycat Doll singer, 39, has yet to confirm whether she will return but said it is "most likely".
Continue reading: Nicole Scherzinger Says Its "Likely" She'll Return To The X Factor
The X Factor judge is believed to have fainted and fallen down the stairs
X Factor mogul Simon Cowell has reportedly been rushed to hospital after an accident at his London home. The ITV1 show maker was stretchered out of his capital city mansion at 8am on Friday (27 Oct) in a neck brace after an ambulance was called.
The Sun has reported the 58-year-old is believed to have fainted and fallen down the stairs after getting a cup of hot milk.
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Rushed To Hospital After Fall At Home
In an interview with The Daily Star, Cowell revealed that if he is facing a difficult decision, he will sometimes "have a mental conversation" with his late parents, Eric and Julie.
Simon Cowell has revealed that he sometimes talks to his dead parents and asks them for advice if he’s struggling to make a “difficult decision”.
‘The X Factor’ head honcho’s father Eric passed away in 1999, and his mother Julie died in 2015. However, Cowell revealed that he will often “have a mental conversation” with them if he’s facing a major decision and can’t make up his mind.
“I still talk to my mum and my dad in my mind now if I am having a difficult decision or I am struggling with something,” The Daily Star quotes him as saying on Friday (October 13th). “I have a mental conversation with the both of them and I absolutely know what the answer is - it is the weirdest thing.”
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Reveals He Sometimes Talks To His Dead Parents
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.
Continue reading: Olly Murs Confirms He Is Joining 'The Voice UK' Judging Panel
David Walliams, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly on the red carpet for the London auditions for 2017 Britain's Got Talent held at the Palladium - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 29th January 2017