Olly Murs is a British singer, songwriter, television presenter and actor. He rose to fame after finishing as the runner-up in the UK TV show The X Factor in 2009. His debut single “Please Don’t Let Me Go” topped the UK Singles Chart.
In 2010, Murs released his debut album Olly Murs, which entered the UK Albums Chart at number two, and went on to achieve platinum certification. He released his second album, Right Place Right Time in 2012, which entered the UK Albums Chart at number one and became the fastest-selling pre-order album ever with over 200,000 copies sold before it was released.
1. Olly Murs was born Oliver Stanley Murs on May 14, 1984, in Witham, Essex, England.
Olly Murs has an older sister, Fay, and a younger brother, Ben. His father was a coal miner and his mother was a nursery school teacher.
2. Murs’ first job was working as a recruitment consultant for Frimley Park Hospital.
He later worked as a sales assistant in an electrical store and as a waiter at Pizza Hut and TGI Friday’s.
3. Murs’ musical influences growing up were Motown and Northern Soul music.
He has cited Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye as his biggest influences.
4. Murs first auditioned for The X Factor in 2007, but failed to make it past the producers’ auditions.
He auditioned again in 2009 and made it through to the live shows. He was mentored by Simon Cowell and finished as the runner-up, behind Joe McElderry.
5. Murs’ debut single, “Please Don’t Let Me Go”, was released in August 2010 and topped the UK Singles Chart.
His debut album, Olly Murs, was released in November 2010 and entered the UK Albums Chart at number two.
6. In 2011, Murs co-presented the ITV2 show The Xtra Factor with Caroline Flack.
He also presented an episode of Top Gear in 2012.
7. In 2012, Murs released his second album, Right Place Right Time.
The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number one and became the fastest-selling pre-order album ever with over 200,000 copies sold before it was released.
8. Murs has achieved five number-one singles in the UK, with “Heart Skips a Beat”, “Troublemaker”, “Right Place Right Time”, “Wrapped Up” and “Up”.
He has also appeared as a guest judge on The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.
9. Murs is a supporter of the football team Arsenal FC.
He is also a keen runner and has competed in several half-marathons.
10. Murs currently resides in London, England.
Murs has been in a relationship with Francesca Thomas since 2015.