Eurovision UK star Olly Alexander's hidden health condition and famous ex

Olly Alexander
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Eurovision UK star Olly Alexander will be watched by millions of people across the world as he performs his track Dizzy in the big final tonight. But what do we know about the star?

Here we look at his career as a musician and actor, and his life off-screen, from his famous ex to his health struggles. Olly, 33, was born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and rose to fame in band Years and Years.

Olly first made waves in the music industry in 2015 when his band Years and Years released their most successful single, "King", which went straight to number one in the UK and earned the band national recognition.

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The talented performer is also an actor, and has acted on stage, in films and on TV. He's most well known for his role of Ritchie Tozer in the critically acclaimed series 'It's A Sin' that catapulted his acting career to new heights.

The Channel 4 drama, set against the backdrop of the 1980s Aids crisis, captivated audiences and earned numerous awards, including a National Television Award and British Academy Television Craft Award. He's also known for playing Jakob in Channel 4 drama Skins.

He's also appeared in films - including portraying Prince August in the 2010 blockbuster 'Gulliver's Travels' - and is also well versed in theatre, including performing alongside legend Judi Dench in 'Peter and Alice' in the West End.

Who is Olly Alexander's famous ex?

Olly's last known celebrity relationship was with Clean Bandit musician Neil Milan Amin-Smith back in 2015. The couple parted ways due to conflicting schedules in their music careers.

Reflecting on the relationship's end to Attitude, Olly said: "We've had less and less time to spend together and the time we did have together were such short periods it put so much pressure on our relationship."

As of 2024, it is believed that Olly is currently single.

Olly Alexander's hidden health struggles.

Olly has previously opened up about his battle with bulimia and the health scare it caused during his teenage years. In a 2021 interview with The Guardian, he described the condition as a coping mechanism for the challenges he faced, including his sexuality and his parents' divorce.

He explained: "I was writing down: don't eat, don't eat, don't eat. Did he have a weight problem? I was a little chubby at primary school, but no. It was something I could control. I felt very out of control in the rest of my life. I was struggling with my sexuality, my parents were divorcing, and I wanted to punish myself."

He said it had carried on 'well into my 20s' but became less frequent, but revealed he was once hospitalised for an irregular heartbeat. He said: "I got taken into hospital once with my mum because I had this irregular heartbeat, which can happen through constant purging, and that really scared me.

"I thought I'd done something irreparable to my body, and my mum was so distraught. She couldn't understand why her son was throwing up all the food she was trying to give him. She found out because I hadn't cleaned the toilet properly."

The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 starts at 8pm tonight (Saturday, May 11) on BBC One. Viewers can also watch along on BBC iPlayer.