One Direction 200 Facts

One Direction are the biggest band in the world.

So, instead of just doing 100 facts on them, we’ve digged out a HUGE 200 facts about the band!

So, read on to see if you can learn anything new about Louis, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Niall!

Harry

Harry Styles in the music video for Midnight Memories

1. Let’s start with a few simple ones – Harry was born on 1st February 1994
2. His middle name is Edward
3. His mother is called Anne and his father is called Des
4. He has an older sister called Gemma
5. Harry was brought up in village of Holmes Chapel
6. Now for some random ones – If Harry had a daughter, he’d name her Darcy.
7. At the age of 10, Harry was attacked! By a GOAT!
8. Harry’s first word was ‘cat’.
9. When Harry was younger, he used to write on his toast with food colouring. Like you do sometimes, you know?
10. We all know this one already, but Harry has four nipples.
11. Another one we already know, but still think about everyday – Harry sleeps naked.
12. Harry used to have a hamster, which he named… Hamster. Can’t think how he came up with that name.
13. His two favourite colours are orange and blue. We’re painting ourselves those colours right now.
14. Planning a night in front of the TV with Harry, but you don’t know what to watch? Well, he says his favourite TV show is ‘Family Guy’.
15. When Harry’s not off getting drunk, his favourite non-alcoholic drink is apple juice.
16. Harry has ophidiophobia. Which means what? Well, he’s scared of snakes!
17. He’s dropped his sunglasses down the toilet. Not once, but twice.
18. What would Harry be doing if it wasn’t for One Direction? Well, he admitted he wanted to physiotherapist!
19. Harry doesn’t like girls who smoke or swear.
20. Harry talks in his sleep!
21. It’s not just singing that Harry is amazing at – He can also juggle and play the kazoo!
22. Harry has performed hundreds of gigs with 1D, but what’s the first gig he went to? Nickelback in Manchester!
23. Harry used to be in a band called White Eskimo.
24. He says one of his favourite ever songs is ‘Free Falling’ by John Mayer.
25. Harry used to work at a bakery, which we all saw him return to in the ‘This Is Us’ movie.
26. He has the most solo parts on the ‘Up All Night’ album.
27. Randomly, Harry’s favourite animal is a turtle.
28. On the subject of animals, Harry’s first pet was a dog called Max.
29. Harry’s favourite foods are tacos and sweetcorn.
30. Harry once shaved his initials into Zayn’s leg!

Niall

Niall Horan in the music video for Midnight Memories

31. Here’s a few basics – Niall was born on 13th September 1993.
32. His middle name is James.
33. His parents are called Maura and Bobby.
34. He has an older brother called Greg.
35. Niall was raised in the town of Mullingar, Ireland.
36. And here’s the random facts – When naming 1D, Niall suggested the band should be called ‘Niall & the Potatoes’.
37. Niall has a fear of birds, which comes from the time he got attacked by a pigeon on the toilet as a child.
38. He used to have two pet fish – Ben and Jerry – which died because Niall accidentally overfed them!
39. Niall once refused to wear a green onesie, and swapped with Zayn, in fear of any leprechaun jokes.
40. Niall had his first kiss at the age of 11!
41. Niall’s favourite school subject was Geography.
42. He had the least amount of solo parts on the ‘Up All Night’ album. Awh, poor Niall!
43. The only book Niall has ever read all the way through is the classic novel ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’.
44. Niall has claustrophobia –  a fear of enclosed spaces.
45. His favourites colours? Blue and green apparently.
46. What does Niall look for in a girl? Hot pants, farting, and being funny. Don’t mind us, we’re just off on a shopping trip, eating some beans, and remembering our best jokes.
47. Niall also wants a girl who eats as much as him! Sounds like a challenge!
48. Niall can play the guitar, but he also wants to be able to play the drums.
49. What is Niall’s lucky item? A pair of white socks. Hope they’re clean!
50. Given the choice between licking a fat man’s armpit and drowning in a sea of mayonnaise, he’d pick the first. Not sure why that would happen though.
51. Niall is the only left handed member of the band.
52. He once said his favourite song of all time is ‘Viva La Vida’ by Coldplay.
53. One of his biggest idols? Singing star Michael Bublé!
54. He says that one of his dream collaborations would be with Labrinth.
55. His favourite movie is ‘Grease’.
56. At the age of nine, Niall played the lead role in a school production of ‘Oliver Twist’.
57. According to his 1D bandmates, Niall is the group’s biggest farter.
58. His favourite love song for Valentine’s day is the 1972 Van Morrison track ‘Crazy Love’.
59. His favourite album is Bon Jovi’s Greatest Hits.
60. The first time Niall went to a concert was at the age of 10, to see Busted in Dublin.

Liam

Liam Payne in the music video for Midnight Memories

61. Once again, we’ll start with some boring ones – Liam was born on 29th August 1993.
62. His parents are called Karen and Geoff.
63. He has two sisters – Ruth and Nicola.
64. He was brought up in Wolverhampton.
65. He has the same middle name as Niall – James!
66. Back onto the random facts now – Liam is good at beatboxing
67. We all know this one, but it still makes us laugh. He has a phobia of spoons.
68. If he could invent an ice cream flavour, it would be Krispy Kreme donut!
69. Being on the X Factor and One Direction isn’t the first time Liam performed in front of large crowds. He once performed to 26,000 at Wolverhampton Wanderers football club!
70. When he was born, he only had one working kidney. However, he’s since recovered.
71. In a girl, Liam likes: knee socks, squealing, giggling, tattoos and public displays of affection!
72. However, he doesn’t like: fake tan, burping, swearing and… bling.
73. When he was a child, he used to sleepwalk!
74. His favourite singer is Take That star Robbie Williams.
75. He says that any of the three Toy Story movies are his favourite films.
76. Liam was on the reserve list for Sprinting at the London 2012 Olympics before he was in One Direction.
77. He once said his favourite song was ‘Sexy and I Know It’ by LMFAO.
78. He’s a big fan of American classic comedy, listing ‘Friends’ and ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ as some of his favourite TV shows.
79. Just in case you ever need to know what Liam’s favourite colour is, it’s purple. Remember that. It’s important.
80. Liam cried at both movies ‘Marley and Me’ and ‘Toy Story 3′.
81. His favourite song on 1D’s debut album “Up All Night” is “I Want”.
82. He used to get up at 6am to go running! He was also a member of his school’s cross country team.
83. Don’t worry directioners. He’s never going to go solo. He said it would be boring.
84. On the ‘Up All Night’ album, he starts off 13 of the 15 songs with a solo!
85. Before being called One Direction, Liam’s band name suggestion was USP, standing for Unique Selling Point.
86. He’s a closet fan of S Club 7! Come on Liam, it’s nothing to be ashamed of!
87. If Liam hadn’t ended up in 1D, he’d have liked to have been a fireman or a PE teacher.
88. If he was a girl, he’d choose to date Zayn over the other 1D boys.
89. In May 2012 he broke a toe. By dropping a computer on it.
90. The first movie that scared Liam was ‘Scream’!

Zayn

Zayn Malik in the music video for Midnight Memories

91. Once again, here’s some of the basics – Zayn was born on 12th January 1993.
92. His parents are called Tricia and Yaser.
93. He has three sisters called Doniya, Waliyha, and Safaa.
94. He grew up in Bradford.
95. His middle name is Javadd.
96. His first name is actually spelt Zain, but he changed it to Zayn as it’s more original.
97. Time for the more random facts – Zayn was ten years old when he had his first kiss!
98. He used to eat paper.
99. He once said his favourite ever band was *NSYNC.
100. In Arabic, his name means ‘beautiful’. We can understand why.
101. He can play the triangle. We look forward to hearing this on the next album.
102. He’s afraid of clowns!
103. He once got dumped by text! We wouldn’t dump him at all, never mind by text!
104. He was originally going to audition for the X Factor in 2009, but was too nervous!
105. If he was going to get stranded on a desert island, he’d most like Louis from the band with him.
106. He’d love to collaborate with Bruno Mars.
107. His second name Malik means ‘King’. He’s King of our hearts…
108. His favourite song on the ‘Up All Night’ album is ‘Tell Me A Lie’.
109. He used to have two cats – Lily and Lolo.
110. Zayn once said his favourite food was chicken. We’re with you on that!
111. A few years ago, he said he wanted to get married before the age of 30. And now he’s engaged to the lovely Perrie Edwards!
112. He said that if he wasn’t in One Direction, he’d be an English teacher.
113. He once admitted that he Googles himself when bored.
114. Zayn is really good at drawing.
115. He once had the job of being a waiter at a restaurant.
116. He has a phobia of heights!
117. Zayn had always wanted a brother, but says he now has four after joining 1D!
118. Back before his One Direction days, he’d never even had a passport!
119. He once bought his sister tickets to see Justin Bieber. Awh, sweet!
120. He said his favourite series of book is Harry Potter.

Louis

Louis Tomlinson in the music video for Midnight Memories

121. Time for the boring facts – He was born on 24th December 1991, making him the oldest member of One Direction.
122. He was born and grew up in Doncaster.
123. His parents are called Johannah and Troy.
124. He has four sisters – Felicite, Charlotte, Georgia and Doris. He also has a brother – Ernest.
125. His middle name is William.
126. Back to the random facts – He once played the lead role in his school’s production of ‘Grease’.
127. He once said his favourite band is The Fray.
128. He got a detention in school after he was dared to go into the girls’ toilets.
129. He appeared on TV a few times before going onto the X Factor, first of all having a small role on drama ‘Fat Friends’.
130. He also appeared as an extra on ‘Waterloo Road’ and appeared in TV movie ‘If I Had You’.
131. In 2013, he signed up for his favourite team Doncaster Rovers!
132. Jobs before 1D included working at a cinema, and being a hospitality waiter at Doncaster Rovers.
133. He says that as a child, he wanted to work on a farm.
134. He once said that his favourite ever song was The Fray’s “Look After You”.
135. His favourite ‘Up All Night’ track is ‘Moments’ from the Deluxe Edition.
136. He once revealed that his favourite country is France.
137. Louis once revealed it takes him over half an hour to do is hair! Totally worth it…
138. If you ever find Louis in your bed and you need to cook him breakfast, his favourite thing to go on toast is Marmite.
139. His favourite TV shows are One Tree Hill and Misfits.
140. He said once that he’d probably have become a drama teacher if he hadn’t have ended up in 1D.
141. He used to play guitar in a band called The Rogue.
142. His favourite makes of shoe are Chinos and Toms.
143. Louis once joked that if he was Simon Cowell for the day, he’d go on a date with Susan Boyle!
144. Louis’ favourite colour is red.
145. He once jokingly said that his dream valentine date would be Harry Styles.
146. He likes it when girls wear glasses.
147. Louis once admitted he used to entertain himself when bored by poking Harry in the face!
148. He really wants a son! Awh, imagine a baby Louis!
149. Louis quite randomly is a fan of silly string.
150. The first time he met Harry was in the X Factor toilets.

The Band

One Direction at X Factor 2010 Judges' Houses

151. The first time they performed together was at the Judges’ Houses stage on X Factor, where they sung “Torn”.
152. On the first X Factor live show, they performed Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”.
153. For the X Factor guilty pleasures week, they performed Pink track “Nobody Knows”.
154. For Halloween week on the talent show, they put on some spooky makeup and blasted out Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”.
155. They covered “All You Need Is Love” for the X Factor Beatles week.
156. For Rock week on the X Factor, the boys performed “Summer of 69″ by Bryan Adams
157.  Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In The World)” was performed by 1D on X Factor’s Club Classics week.
158. During the X Factor final, they performed a duet with Robbie Williams, singing his track “She’s the One”.
159. The boys came third in the 2010 X Factor, behind Rebecca Ferguson and winner Matt Cardle.
160. Their debut album “Up All Night” was released in November 2011.
161. “Same Mistakes”, “Taken”, and “Everything About You” were the only three tracks the boys wrote on, on the first album.
162. Other “Up All Night” tracks were written by stars such as Kelly Clarkson, McFly’s Tom Fletcher, and Ed Sheeran.
163. As of February 2014, “Up All Night” has gone 3x Platinum in the UK and 2x Platinum in the US.
164. Their second album “Take Me Home” was released in November 2012.
165. “Take Me Home” features four tracks written by some of the boys, with an extra on the Deluxe Edition.
166. Other writers on ‘Take Me Home’ include Ed Sheeran and McFly’s Tom, Danny and Dougie.
167. As of February 2014, “Take Me Home” has gone 3x Platinum in the UK and 2x Platinum in the US.
168. One Direction’s third album “Midnight Memories” was released in November 2013.

midnight-memories

169. 12 of the 14 tracks on ‘Midnight Memories’ feature writing credits from some of the band, with another three out of four on the deluxe edition.
170. Other writers on ‘Midnight Memories’ include OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, and McFly’s Tom, Danny and Dougie who wrote a track with Niall.
171. As of February 2014, “Midnight Memories” has gone 2x Platinum in the UK and Platinum in the US.
172. One Direction’s first headline tour ‘Up All Night’ took place between December 2011 and July 2012.
173. The boys performed 62 shows on the ‘Up All Night’ tour.
174. Arena tour ‘Take Me Home’ took place between February and November 2013.
175. There were 131 dates on the ‘Take Me Home’ tour including dates in Europe, North America, Australia and Japan.
176. Between April and October 2014, One Direction will embark on the ‘Where We Are’ stadium tour.
177. There are currently 69 confirmed dates on the worldwide ‘Where We Are’ stadium tour.
178. The ‘Where We Are’ tour will see 1D perform in South America for the first ever time.
179. In August 2013, One Direction’s first ever 3D concert movie ‘This Is Us’ was released.
180. ‘This Is Us’ was directed by Morgan Spurlock and featured appearances from Simon Cowell and the band members’ families.
181. One Direction became the first ever band to have all three of their first albums get to number one on the US Billboard 200.
181. One Direction are the first band since the Beatles to have two number one albums in the US in the same year.
182. As of February 2014, 1D’s first two albums have sold more than 5 million copies each worldwide.
183. As of February 2014, One Direction have had three UK number one singles.
184. One Direction got their first UK number one in 2010, as part of the X Factor finalists, who recorded a charity cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes”.
185. 1D combined with JLS and the 2011 X Factor finalists to get to number one with charity single “Wishing On A Star”.
186. In 2013, One Direction directed their own Comic Relief music video for their cover of “One Way Or Another”.
187. After the 2014 ceremony, One Direction had won four BRIT Awards since getting together in 2010.
188. X Factor’s 2010 guest judge Nicole Scherzinger is given credit for putting One Direction together, but Simon Cowell still takes a lot of responsibility.
189. The boys once sent Simon Cowell a birthday card with £2.50 in it – 50p from each member.
190. Liam recently teased that the band’s fourth album is “coming out soon”.
191. In 2013, the boys released their own fragrance “Our Moment”.
192. If One Direction would have won the X Factor, they’d have released “Forever Young” as their debut winner’s single.
193. Niall was previously the only member of One Direction to have a brother, but in 2014, Johannah have birth to Louis’ new half-brother!
194. If One Direction were in a horror movie, who would die first? Well, according to the boys, it would be poor Niall!
195. It’s been ages since this happened, but Harry once fell over in front of the press, and the rest of the boys decided to as well, so he wouldn’t be embarrassed!
196. On release, One Direction’s 2012 calendar was the best selling calendar of all time on Amazon!
197. Harry has the most followers on Twitter out of the five boys, with Niall in second place. Poor Zayn has the least!
198. One Direction were brand ambassadors for Pokemon Black & White.
199. The music video for ‘Best Song Ever’ was co-written by comedy star James Corden.
200. The ‘Midnight Memories’ video featured One Direction singing from the top of London’s Tower Bridge!

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