Simon Phillip Cowell was born on October 7, 1959, in Lambeth, London. He is a television personality best known as a judge on various British and American television talent competition series. These include “Pop Idol,” “American Idol,” “The X Factor UK,” “Britain’s Got Talent,” “The X Factor US,” and “America’s Got Talent.” Cowell is also the founder and sole owner of the British entertainment company Syco, formed in 2005. We will help you celebrate this music executive as he marks another year.
Simon Phillip Cowell
October 7, 1959
Simon Phillip Cowell was born on October 7, 1959, in Lambeth, London. He is a television personality and judges various British and American television talent competition series. They include “Pop Idol,” “American Idol,” “The X Factor UK,” “Britain’s Got Talent,” “The X Factor US,” and “America’s Got Talent.” Before this, Cowell struggled to find his feet in the music and entertainment industries, starting in the mail room of EMI Music Publishing in the 1980s.
In 2001, Cowell got his big break and appeared as a judge on the first series of “Pop Idol.” Cowell gained recognition as a critical judge who was serious about finding ‘real’ talent and getting rid of those he deemed not good enough. This reputation was strengthened in 2002 with his appearance on “American Idol.” in 2004, Cowell joined Sharon Osborne and Louis Walsh on the first season of the British talent competition series, “The X Factor,” which has a total of 15 series. Cowell is also the founder and sole owner of the British entertainment company Syco, formed in 2005. Until 2006, the previous talent competitions were only open to singers, and Cowell decided to start one that would be open to talent of all kinds; this prompted the creation of “America’s Got Talent,” which has a total of 17 seasons. Cowell also created “Britain’s Got Talent,” which has 15 seasons.
Cowell has received several awards and accolades, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018.
Cowell is picked to be a judge on “Pop Idol.”
Cowell creates “The X Factor” and appears as a judge.
Cowell begins the “Got Talent” franchise.
Cowell receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Why We Love Simon Cowell
He does charity work
Cowell loves doing charity work. He is a patron of Together for Short Lives and was a patron of Children's Hospices UK. He has also donated funds to charities like Manchester Dogs' Home.
He has a good sense of humor
Cowell voiced an animated character of himself on “The Simpsons,” which made fun of his constant criticism of contestants on his shows. Ironically, his character was getting beaten by Homer Simpson, and Simon was criticizing his punches.
He loves animals
Cowell is a vegetarian and animal activist. He is an avid supporter of many British and U.S. animal charities; he frequently speaks out on how to properly care for dogs.
5 Surprising Facts
He helped pitch for Pop Idol
Cowell and Simon Fuller successfully pitched the idea of “Pop Idol.”
His signature phrase
Cowell’s signature phrase, “I don’t mean to be rude but …,” strengthened his reputation on the “Idol.”
The X Factor Show
Cowell created “The X Factor” with his production company, Syco TV.
He is writing a book
Cowell is writing a seven-book series titled “Wishfits” with his son.
He broke his back
Cowell broke his back while riding on his new electric motorcycle.
Simon Cowell FAQs
What is Simon Cowell's illness?
There are speculations that he suffered from a stroke in late 2021 to early 2022.
Is Simon Cowell a dad?
Yes, he is. He and long-time girlfriend Lauren Silverman have an eight-year-old son.
Is Simon Cowell still married?
Cowell has not been married but he is currently engaged.
Simon Cowell’s birthday dates