Born as Louis Troy Austin on Christmas Eve 1991, he later changed his name to Louis William Tomlinson. A member of the Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, community, he joined One Direction through his participation in the television show The X Factor. Contributing to a large number of their songs, Louis Tomlinson is also a member of the Doncaster Rovers football club. In the news, Louis Tomlinson is often singled out as being a top celebrity charity sponsor for causes relating to terminally ill children. Before One Direction formed in 2010, Louis Tomlinson was known in his home country of England as an actor for the TV shows If I Had You, Waterloo Road, and Fat Friends.