The wax figures of pop sensation, One Direction, proved such a big hit on the London leg of their Madame Tussauds world tour in April 2013 that our talented sculptors worked 24/7 to create five NEW figures which are now permanent* residents here in London!
The group are the first boy band to be created by us since The Beatles' figures in 1964. Each band member gave two sittings where our studios team took hundreds of precise measurements, examined their skin tones, eye colour and matched up hair swatches to ensure total accuracy. A team of 40, including sculptors, moulders, hair stylists, colourists and wardrobe experts worked flat out for four months to create the figures which each cost £150,000 to make.
2010: Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson all audition separately for hit TV show The X Factor.
2010: Failing to impress the judges on their own, the boys are placed together, forming the group 'One Direction'.
2010: One Direction place third in The X Factor.
2010: Signed by Simon Cowell in a £2 million record deal.
2011: The boys embark on The X Factor Tour, performing to 500,000 people throughout the UK.
2011: Released 'What Makes You Beautiful', going straight to number one and becoming the most pre-ordered Sony Music Entertainment single in history.
2011: Released their first studio album, Up All Night, which became the fastest selling debut album of 2011 and topped the charts in 16 countries.
2011: Embarked on their first headlining UK concert tour, the Up All Night Tour.
2012: Up All Night debuts at number one on the US Billboard Chart, making One Direction the first British group in US chart history to enter at number one with their debut album.
2012: Won a BRIT Award for Best British Single with 'What Makes You Beautiful'.
2012: Performed "What Makes You Beautiful" at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London.
2012: Were the biggest winners of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards winning their three nominations, including Best New Artist.
2012: Released their second studio album, Take me Home.
2012: Their single 'Little Things', and the Take Me Home album both simultaneously chart at number one in the UK, making One Direction the youngest act in British chart history to achieve the feat.
2012: Headlined a sold-out show at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
*please note that Madame Tussauds reserves the right to remove or alter figures for technical, operational, health and safety or other reasons without prior notice.
2012: Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that a 3D biopic film centering the group is in production.
2013: Released 'One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)' as the 2013 Comic Relief single.
2013: Won a BRIT Award for 'Global Success'.
2013: Embarked on their second world tour, the Take Me Home Tour, consisting of over 100 shows in Europe, North America and Australasia.