Birth name Simon Phillip Cowell

Birthday 7 October 1959

Star sign Libra

Birthplace Lambeth, London

Simon Cowell was born to mum Julie Brett and dad Eric Cowell in 1959. He has a younger brother, Nicholas, as well as half-brothers Michael, John and Tony and half-sister June.

After leaving school at 16, Simon worked in various jobs before his dad found employment for him in the EMI Music Publishing mailroom. Eric worked at the company as an executive.

Simon worked his way up and eventually became an A&R representative and then a record producer.

He went on to set up his own record labels and music companies and signed successful acts like 5ive and Westlife.

In 2001 Simon Cowell became a household name when he appeared as a judge on talent show Pop Idol.

After two series of the programme, Simon co-produced and starred in more shows including Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor.

One Direction were mentored by the music mogul on the 2010 X Factor and became a global sensation.

Simon Cowell has amassed a huge fortune thanks to his many ventures.

The businessman has dated numerous women over the years, including presenter Terri Seymour and make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy.

In August 2013 Simon confirmed that he was expecting a baby with American socialite Lauren Silverman.

Their son Eric – named after Simon’s dad, who died in 1999 – was born on Valentine’s day 2014.

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Oops – Simon Cowell thought son Eric ‘hated him’ when he was born

Type ‘TV’s Mr Nasty’ into Google, and there’s no doubt who you’ll see attached to that phrase again and again. Yes, Simon Cowell‘s reputation of being one the most cut-throat personalities in the showbiz world is long established. But since he and partner Lauren Silverman became parents to cutie Eric in February 2014, we’ve definitely seen a much…

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From X Factor hopefuls to TV colleagues, we imagine there’s no end to people who’ve thought at some point in their lives, ‘God, I could murder Simon Cowell!’ And it’s this very fact that Ant & Dec have drawn on for a spoof whodunnit that is set to run this weekend on Saturday…

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Who will replace Nick Grimshaw and Caroline Flack on The X Factor?!

Question of the day- who will the King of The X Factor (a.k.a Simon Cowell) appoint as his new judge and host in the wake of  Nick Grimshaw and Caroline Flack‘s departure?! Could it be you? Your cat?! YOUR MUMS CAT?! The possibilities are quite simply endless… And, whilst we hate to be…

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The truth behind Simon Cowell’s bitchy breakdown

He’s normally the King of Cool but last week Simon Cowell’s outburst at David Walliams was awkward, to say the least. During the rehearsals for Britain’s Got Talent he took a swipe at his fellow judge, calling him out on not being married anymore. Following a performance David sarcastically asked…

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Uh-oh, Simon Cowell is being sued for $5 MILLION!

Poor Simon Cowell is just trying to enjoy a holiday in Barbados and now he’s being SUED by a woman who tripped during a taping of America’s Got Talent. According to reports by TMZ, the woman – named as D’Arcy Gurr in the lawsuit – is claiming $5 million dollars…

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Fans beg Simon Cowell to ‘help’ Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s shrinking frame and gaunt appearance are continuing to shock her fans, who have been taking to Twitter to urge Simon Cowell to intervene, worried it could be the star’s workload that’s causing her to lose weight. ‘@SimonCowell as Cheryl’s friend I think you need to help her, she’s looking so…

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The X Factor’s Simon Cowell’s got a dad bod!

Hello there, belly! No, not ours – Simon Cowell’s. Now that he’s a dad, it looks like Si, 56, might be letting things slide a liiittle bit. But that’s understandable, what with a partner and a baby and nights in front of the telly like a normal person. With a…

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AW! THIS is why Simon Cowell is so happy…

We all know that once upon a time that Simon Cowell was quite the Mr. Nasty of singing contests (remember on Pop Idol when he and Will Young has a right ol’ barny?) Related: What is Simon asking Twitters’ help for? READ MORE CELEBRITY NEWS  Well, he’s a long way…