Simon Cowell

Biography

Simon Cowell (born 7.10.1959)

Simon Cowell is an English music management executive, as well as a television presenter, best known for judging shows such as American Idol, The X Factor and Pop Idol.

Simon Cowell: 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.

Simon Cowell: 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.

Simon Cowell: 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.

Simon Cowell: 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.

Simon Cowell: 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.

Read More

Simon Cowell Reveals He Wants More Children With Girlfriend Lauren Silverman

2nd September 2014 -

 News

Even though Simon Cowell only became a father six months ago, the music mogul has enjoyed parenthood so much he recently admitted to wanting to have more children with girlfriend Lauren Silverman in the near...

X Factor Judges Star In £1million 'Game Of Thrones Promo'

4th August 2014 -

 News

The latest series of the X Factor looks set to be the most epic one yet - if the first promo is anything to go by. While every year the X Factor judges battle it...

Cheryl Cole Doesn't Hold A Grudge Against Simon Cowell Or Ashley Cole

3rd July 2014 -

 News

In a recent interview with Elle, Cheryl Cole discussed her relationship with Simon Cowell, her sacking from The X Factor US in 2011 and her highs and lows over the last four years including her...

Cheryl Cole Refuses To Sit Next To Louis Walsh On 'The X Factor' Judging Panel

16th June 2014 -

 News

Cheryl Cole is allegedly refusing to sit next to Irish entertainment manager Louis Walsh on The X Factor judging panel this year. Tensions have been mounting since Simon Cowell revealed in an interview that Cole...

Simon Cowell Would Be Happy For Baby Eric To Become A Pop Star

15th June 2014 -

 News

Simon Cowell has revealed that he would be happy for his four-month-old son to one day enter the entertainment industry. The Britain’s Got Talent judge has given his blessing should baby Eric one day decide...

Ella Henderson, Remember Her? Well, She's No.1 on the Singles Chart

11th June 2014 -

 News

Ella Henderson, the British singer who somehow didn't win the 2012 series of X-Factor, is on course to debut at No.1 on the Official Singles Chart this Sunday with her first record 'Ghost'. Henderson teamed...

Mel B To Join 'X Factor' Judges In £1 Million Deal - Confirmed

11th June 2014 -

 News

Mel B has been announced as the new judge who will be joining The X Factor panel for the upcoming 11th series of the talent show. The former Spice Girl, 39, appeared on the show...

Collabro Have Won 'Britain's Got Talent' 2014

8th June 2014 -

 News

The eighth season of Britain's Got Talent has wrapped up and the winner announced on Saturday (7th June). Boy band Collabro was crowned the winner. Opera singer Lucy Kay came second and Bars & Melody...

One Direction's Drug Scandal: Is Smoking Marijuana Considered Shocking Anymore?

4th June 2014 -

 News

Being caught with a joint is really nothing new in the world of pop, especially amongst those aggressively seeking a change of image that will subsequently add a semblance of ‘edge’ to their persona. For...

Louis Walsh Confirms He Will Be Back As A Judge On The ‘X Factor', But Who Will Fill The Fourth Chair?

31st May 2014 -

 News

Of course Louis Walsh was was going to be on the 'X Factor' this year, what would they do without him? But the Irish music mogul has just confirmed his seat on the show's judging...

Cheryl Cole Looking To "Challenge" Herself With Independent Film Role

21st May 2014 -

 News

Cheryl Cole looked characteristically stunning at the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Foxhunter. Dressed in a Monique Lhuillier gown, the 30 year old singer is easily one of the most beautiful women to attend the...

Harry Hill and Simon Cowell's 'I Can't Sing!' Flops, Pulled After 2 Months

28th April 2014 -

 News

Simon Cowell should just stay away from The West End. The Spice Girls musical, ‘Viva Forever!’ managed 7 months on stage, and now ‘I Can’t Sing’ – written by Harry Hill and backed by...

'Poshest' Ever 'Britain's Got Talent' Contestant: Who Is Lettice Rowbotham?

25th April 2014 -

 News

So, Britain’s Got Talent fans, there is a brand new Marmite contestant. By that we mean, people are either going to absolutely love her or hate her. We’re most definitely on the love side of...

'Britain's Got Talent' Breaks Guinness World Record For 'Most Successful Reality Format'

7th April 2014 -

 News

Britain's Got Talent has set the Guinness World Record for being the most popular reality television format in the world, having been adopted by 59 different shows worldwide. The announcement was made today (7th April)...

'I Can't Sing!' Villain Trevor Modo Based on James Arthur?

1st April 2014 -

 News

A hunchback villain character named Trevor Modo in Harry Hill's new X-Factor musical I Can't Sing! is apparently based on former champion James Arthur. In the show, Trevor auditions for the hit show to save...

The Voice Is Back For Another Season, But Who'll Judge/Coach?

29th March 2014 -

 News

The Voice has emerged as one of the U.K’s most popular shows after a slow start in the shadow of Simon Cowell’s The Voice. Getting renewed for another season was expected, but one thing that...

'X-Factor' Musical 'I Can't Sing' Becomes West End's Guilty Pleasure

27th March 2014 -

 News

You would have been forgiven for completely forgetting about Harry Hill's X-Factor musical 'I Can't Sing', with that bloke from Eastenders playing Simon Cowell, but it's finally here - and the critics are having their...

What's Cheryl Cole Been Up To Since Her Fight With Simon Cowell?

11th March 2014 -

 News

The 2011 tiff between Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell has become the stuff of legend. Cheryl has never minded expressing quite how she felt about the music mogul's surprise decision to remove her from the...

Cheryl Cole Confirms X-Factor Return, But Is It Too Late?

11th March 2014 -

 News

Cheryl Cole - one of the biggest celebrity names in the UK despite taking several years out of the limelight - has confirmed she is returning to The X-Factor UK after signing a reported £1.5...

Simon Cowell Disccuses More Children In The Future In First Interview Since Baby Eric's Birth

6th March 2014 -

 News

Simon Cowell's new role as a father is what he was born to be.The music mogul sat down with Extra for his first interview since baby Eric was born on Valentine's Day (Feb 14th) at...

Lauren Silverman Looks Svelte 3 Days After Birth, Other Celeb Mums Who Bounced Back into Shape

18th February 2014 -

 News

Just three days ago, Simon Cowell’s girlfriend, Lauren Silverman gave birth to their son, Eric. You’d think that the 36 year old new mum would have been bed bound for a few days to recover...

Babies, Babies Everywhere: Cowell/Silverman And Blunt/Krasinski All Come Out Of Valentine's Weeknd As New Parents

17th February 2014 -

 News

Congratulations to the two pairs of new parents, who welcomed little ones over the weekend in Hollywood. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski and Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman have all come out of the weekend...

Simon Cowell Shares First Photographs Of Baby Son Eric

17th February 2014 -

 News

Simon Cowell is a very proud father! The record mogul has shared the first photograph of his baby son Eric, via his twitter account. Mum, Dad and Eric. Now two days old. rel="nofollow" pic.twitter.com/ChWlrXmtmO—...

After A Bit Of Turmoil, Simon Cowell And Lauren Silverman Welcome Baby Boy

16th February 2014 -

 News

Simon Cowell might tone down his severe TV persona, now that he’s officially a dad. After a bumpy start to the pregnancy, he and Lauren Silverman welcomed a baby boy on Friday. The music mogul...

Simon Cowell & Lauren Silverman Welcome A Baby Boy On Valentine's Day

15th February 2014 -

 News

Simon Cowell and his girlfriend, Lauren Silverman, have welcomed their first child together on Friday (14th February). The baby, a boy, was born in New York at 5.45pm and weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz. according...

Nicole Scherzinger Quits X Factor, Though Is Cheryl Cole The Perfect Replacement?

13th February 2014 -

 News

Nicole Scherzinger announced that she would not be returning to the panel of The X Factor this year, amid Simon Cowell churning up the rumour mill that a Cheryl Cole X Factor return may be...

Simon Cowell Has - And Is - The X-Factor. And There's NO Show Without Him

8th February 2014 -

 News

TV bosses have decided to give the U.S version of The X-Factor a rest following a sustained period of disappointing viewing figures. FOX were keen to point out that creator Simon Cowell’s exit is a...

Fox Cancels X Factor As Simon Cowell Announces Return To UK Version

8th February 2014 -

 News

Fox has canceled the talent show 'The X Factor'.The television network announced on Friday (Feb 7th) that they have pulled the plug on the reality singing competition after only three seasons.On the same day, Simon...

Unwrap Leona Lewis' Festive New Song, 'One More Sleep' [Video]

2nd December 2013 -

 News

Leona Lewis has released a very festive video for her new single, 'One More Sleep,' from her just-released Christmas-themed album, Christmas, With Love. The pop singer and former winner of The X Factor can be...

Michael Jordan Is A Dad Again! 5 Other Stars Who Kept On Having Kids Into Their 50's

1st December 2013 -

 News

Michael Jordan is looking forward to becoming a dad for what will be the fourth time, with his much-younger wife Yvette Prieto, it was reported earlier this week. First reported by www.terezowens.com, the pregnancy comes...

Back to top

Simon Cowell Images

More Simon Cowell Pictures

Back to top

Simon Cowell Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Simon Cowell

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Joan Rivers Being Taken Out Of Coma But Still Remains On Life-Support

Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers is reportedly being taken out of a medically induced...

Joan Rivers Being Taken Out Of Coma But Still Remains On Life-Support

Adrien Brody Is Magic Man, Harry Houdini, In New Series

David Copperfield baffles audiences with his illusions and David Blaine impresses with endurance acts and...

Adrien Brody Is Magic Man, Harry Houdini, In New Series

The Equalizer - Featurette and Clip

Director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen) talks about what makes The Equalizer (Denzel Washington) different...

The Equalizer Trailer

Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' At Number One! But Here's 4 Other Amazing Max Martin Songs That Were Never Singles

In pop music, what's just as important as who is behind the microphone is who...

Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' At Number One! But Here's 4 Other Amazing Max Martin Songs That Were Never Singles

De Niro, Pitt and DiCaprio Set for Martin Scorsese Short Film

In what may well be the most star-studded short movie of all time, Martin Scorsese will direct...

De Niro, Pitt and DiCaprio Set for Martin Scorsese Short Film

Miley Cyrus Says Using Social Media Is More Damaging Than Smoking Marijuana

In the past couple of years it is clear that Miley Cyrus' transformation from a squeaky-clean...

Miley Cyrus Says Using Social Media Is More Damaging Than Smoking Marijuana
Advertisement

Marc Weidenbaum - Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II Book Review

'Selected Ambient Works Volume II' is a peculiar addition to the 33 1/3 catalogue. The...

Marc Weidenbaum - Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II Book Review

Beck - Heaven's Ladder [Lyric] Video

The lyric video for Beck's new song, 'Heaven's Ladder', has been released. The song comes from 'Warby Parker Presents Beck Song...

Beck - Heaven's Ladder (Lyric Video) Video

Carrie Underwood Is Expecting First Child With Husband Mike Fisher

Carrie Underwood is pregnant! The 31 year-old singer and her NHL player husband...

Carrie Underwood Is Expecting First Child With Husband Mike Fisher


More recommendations

Comments

Deborah Martin's picture

Deborah Martin

Dear ,Simon i am writing to suggest something,after watching the x-factor, the contestants work so hard and it is a dream, i feel that the top 3 should get rewarded, there is a million dollar prize for 1st place,how about 10,000.00 for second and third place, some of them have struggled, some of the stories of their life is so sad,they should be helped out a little,it would change lives. thank you p.s. you make the show, do not leave

8 months 2 weeks ago
Report
View Comments

qcelebcafe's picture

qcelebcafe

First off I just wanted to say that I absolutely love watching you, and then I was wondering if there was any truth to the rumor that you are dating Carmen Electra? ;) http://thecelebritycafe.com/feature/2012/09/simon-cowell-and-carmen-electra-dating

1 year 11 months ago
Report
View Comments

COWELL FAN's picture

COWELL FAN

AMERICAN IDOL WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.TO LOSE SIMON COWELL IS LIKE LOSING AN ARTIST AT THE LOUVE.THE MAN KNOWS TALENT AND IT IS AN EDUCATION TO SEE HIS RESPONCE TO AN ACT.IF YOU ARE GOOD YOU ARE GOOD AND IF YOUR NOT YOUR NOT. THE ARTISTS DESIRE DOES NOT COUNT. NOT ALWAYS POPULAR, BUT ALWAYS RIGHT. IT WOULD BE A HONOR TO MEET HIM SOME DAY AND SHOOT THE BREEZE. BEST OF LUCK TO THE MASTER SIMON COWELL.BILL PILGERMAYER

3 years 12 months ago
Report
View Comments

Michael Hunt's picture

Michael Hunt

Simon Cowell refuses to watch himself on any of his television shows as he is too critical of himself.

4 years 6 months ago
Report
View Comments

melfisk's picture

melfisk

I love Simon Cowell...He is the best with avery cute butt!!!Big Hug SimonXX

8 years 6 months ago
Report
View Comments

Lorrie SW19's picture

Lorrie SW19

YOU'VE got the ex-factor 4 me Simon! You could make me ooh and aah anytime!P.S. Do please, please sign Ridian - his Somewhere was fantastic.

6 years 9 months ago
Report
View Comments

Paige's picture

Paige

Simon, I just want to say thank you for Il Divo. I adore them. I flew from Birmingham, AL and paid 1,500.00 for a ticket at Radio City Music Hall as ticket master was sold out of decent seats. They are disgustingly handsome and bloody talented lads. I'm a southern girl with a soft heart and when I hear them I feel my heart get so full emotions. I've purchased all of their CD's and their DVD. I purchased many CD's for Christmas gifts so my friends could catch on to this phenom. I am so grateful to you for giving them to the world!!! I'm 38 and happily married with a huge crush on people I'll never meet but I can dream!!! Thank you Thank you!!!! Paige

8 years 6 months ago
Report
View Comments

reha6484's picture

reha6484

i think simon is a fair judge.He knows if the person has the ex factor or not.After all he been in the music buisness a long time.And it is to his gain as well as the one who is going to thrive in the pop world.So Simon has to be absolutely certain if that one can sing.

8 years 6 months ago
Report
View Comments

reha6484's picture

reha6484

ii divio are fantastic singers so good looking.But Simon Cowel is soooo so handsome still. To Simon XXX Thank you Simon for getting them together.Will you Simon be there in their show?

8 years 5 months ago
Report
View Comments

crystal clear's picture

crystal clear

I like many people would love to watch The X Factor but am finding it increasingly embarrasing and cringe -making not to mention insulting to be expected to watch the pantomimesque performances of Louie Walsh and sharon Osbourne. It has become a contest of egos where the contestants are in the background, exploited and used as pawns. It's really awful television. What should be a great show is ruined by self-obsesssed over inflated personalities who think that they are interesting to watch. They would be if they forgot themselves and got down to the job in hand and displyed honesty and integrity.Simon Cowell seems to try to rise above it-and he does mostly. If there is to be another series of this I hope that they consider revamping it and getting rid of these two useless 'judges'and replace them with credible people who can contribute something innovative, enlightening, well just something worth listening to. Their sense of theatre, comedy, television is non existent-it's just soooooooooo bad

7 years 9 months ago
Report
View Comments