Birth name Elena Jane Goulding

Birthday 30 December 1986

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Birthplace Lyonshall, Herefordshire

Before finding fame, Ellie Goulding was born to mother Tracey and father Arthur in Lyonshall, Hertfordshire in 1986.

She has a brother called Alex and two sisters named Isabel and Jordan.

Ellie’s parents separated when she was five. Her mother went on to tie the knot with a lorry driver – who she parted ways with after 15 years – and her father married a woman called Sharlene.

Growing up, Ellie attended Lady Hawkins’ High School in Kington. She later started an English and drama course at the University Of Kent after being encouraged to apply by her then-boyfriend Matt.

Ellie took part in a talent contest during the third year of her studies, where she met music producer Jamie Lillywhite from Turn First Artists. Ellie agreed to be managed by Jamie and later signed a record deal with Polydor.

She quit university before completing her course.

Since then, Ellie Goulding has had a number of Top 10 singles, released albums including Lights and Halycon Days and netted numerous gongs from prestigious music awards ceremonies.

She has rocked out at festivals such as Glastonbury, Wireless, T In The Park and Coachella and performed before admirers in Iceland, Australia and Japan.

The pretty blonde’s famous fans include Prince William and Kate Middleton, who invited her to belt out a soulful rendition of Elton John’s hit Your Song at the Royal Wedding in 2011.

Ellie Goulding has also proved popular with a number of male stars. She dated radio presenter Greg James from 2009 – 2011, enjoyed a seven-month romance with American musician Skrillex in 2012 and was linked to Ed Sheeran in 2013.

In May 2014, Ellie and McFly bassist Dougie Poynter confirmed their relationship. 

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Ellie Goulding involved in near fatal car crash in Norway

Ellie Goulding was involved in a near fatal car crash just weeks ago. Along with her photographer, Conor Mcdonnell, the pair found themselves trapped in their vehicle and having to escape through the roof, after it crashed through the ice of a lake in Norway in subzero temperatures. READ MORE…

Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter talk marriage!

Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter have been off and on more times than Ellie’s trusty running shoes. But as these pictures show, they’re officially back together – and have been since the end of last year. Confirming the relationship on Twitter, a fan reposted a picture of Ellie and Dougie…

Oh no! Are Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter ‘taking a break’?

Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter have become one of our favourite showbiz couples in recent times so we’re pretty devastated to hear that they might be taking a break from their relationship. Yep, it’s been reported that 28-year-old Ellie and McFly’s Dougie have decided to spend time apart after their…

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9 stars you had no idea were vegetarian

Today is the day that veggies all over the world can celebrate living a meat-free life. If you’re veggie, you’re in good company – below is a selection of just nine of the veggie celebs out there. 1. Ellie Goulding Ellie told her Instagram followers she was a veggie earlier…