Louis William Tomlinson (/;
 born Louis Troy Austin; 24 December 1991)
 is an English singer and songwriter. He is known as a member of the
One Direction. Tomlinson began his career as an actor, appearing in
ITV drama film
If I Had You and the
Waterloo Road. In 2010, he became a member of One Direction after being eliminated as a solo artist on the British music competition series
The X Factor. Tomlinson is one of the main songwriters of One Direction's repertoire.
 During his time in One Direction, the group achieved
4 number one albums in both the UK and US and 4 UK number one singles.
Just Hold On" was released as Tomlinson's debut single as a solo artist in December 2016, it peaked at number two on the
UK Singles Chart and was certified gold in both the UK and US. In 2017, Tomlinson released "
Back to You" and "
Miss You"; the singles will be included in his debut studio album, which will be released in 2018 by
In 2013, Tomlinson was signed as a footballer by
Doncaster Rovers of the
on a non-contract basis. The same year he also formed his own record label, Triple Strings, as an imprint of One Direction's label
 He appeared on
Debrett's 2017 list of the most influential people in the UK.