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IAN “H” Watkins became a household name in the 90s when he joined pop band Steps.
20 years on, the band has been enjoying a fresh wave of success – so here’s the lowdown on the one that goes by the name of “H”…
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Who is Ian ‘H’ Watkins? What was his early life?
Ian ‘H’ Watkins was born 8 May 1976 and raised in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales
He is a Welsh singer, dancer and stage actor, known for being in Steps.
Ian says that the nickname “H” stands for “hyperactive”, describing his character.
After leaving Art college, Ian’s big break came when he answered an ad for a pop band – that turned out to be Steps.
Redferns The band enjoyed international success in the 90s
When did Ian ‘H’ Watkins join Steps?
Ian became part of the band Steps in 1997.
Steps are a British dance-pop group consisting of Lee, Claire Richards, Faye Tozer, Lisa Scott-Lee and Lee Latchford-Evans.
They were formed in May 1997 and released four albums and seventeen singles.
Steps had many hits between 1997 and 2001 including two number-one singles, two number-one albums, 14 consecutive top 5 singles and a string of hits throughout Europe.
The group has sold over 20 million records worldwide.
Fans hearts were left broken when they broke up on Boxing Day in 2001, after Lee and H left the band.
Steps got back together in May 2011 for a four-part documentary series on Sky Living titled Steps: Reunion.
The series started airing on 28 September, following an announcement of a second Greatest Hits album, The Ultimate Collection, that was released on 10 October 2011.
The album entered the charts at number 1, becoming the band’s third UK number 1 album.
Series 2 of Steps Reunion titled “Steps: On the Road Again” aired on Sky Living in April 2012 and the series followed the band as they embarked on their sellout 22-date UK tour.
On 24 September 2012, the group confirmed they would release their fourth studio album Light Up The World on 12 November 2012, alongside a six-date Christmas tour.
They are now back with a brand new album, Number One single and are heading out on tour.
Steps have reunited to mark their 20th anniversary
What did Ian ‘H’ Watkins do when Steps was on a break?
After Steps split on Boxing Day 2001 Ian formed a duo, H & Claire, with fellow ex-Steps member Claire Richards.
They released three singles and an album.
He has also appeared in pantomimes across the UK.
He also starred in West End show Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat
Ian also did well when he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2007, and came fourth on the show.
He has also appeared on shows like The Chase
News Group Newspapers Ltd He teamed up with Claire Richards when the band split up
Is Ian ‘H’ Watkins married? Does he have children?
On 3 January 2007, Ian came out publicly as gay in an interview with The Sun
During his early years with Steps, Ian was involved in a relationship with the group’s manager, Tim Byrne.
Ian has been in a relationship with Craig Ryder since 2007.
On 6 March 2016, they welcomed twins sons, Macsen and Cybi Ryder-Watkins, by using a surrogate.
Emotional moment Steps bring their kids on stage for 20th anniversary performance