Latchford-Evans in April 2009
|Birth name||Lee Latchford Evans|
|Born||28 January 1975|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, dancer, stage actor, personal trainer|
|Labels||Jive, Sony, Steps, Warner|
|Associated acts||Steps, Upper Street, The Latch|
From Ellesmere Port, Evans was born as Lee Latchford Evans, with his middle name Latchford taken from footballer Bob Latchford of Everton F.C., as his father was a lifelong fan of the club. He began using his middle name professionally to differentiate himself well-known comedian Lee Evans. For a time he was known as Lee Latchford before adding a hyphen between his middle name and surname.
Before going into music, Evans was an aspiring footballer and had trials with several football clubs. He starred in a school production of Grease as a pupil at Sutton High School and went on to the Cheshire School of Dance and Drama, now part of West Cheshire College.
In 1997, Evans became a member of the pop group Steps; they went on to sell 14 consecutive Top 5 singles (a feat for a British act, at the time, bettered only by the Beatles), sold more than 20 million records worldwide. They announced their split on Boxing Day 2001. His role in the group was mostly choreographer and providing backing vocals, and he rarely sang lead on the songs. However, he did perform lead on "Turn Around" (which he co-wrote) and the two verses of 5,6,7,8.
Evans has appeared in London's West End starring in Grease; A Charmed Life as part of London's Sitcom Trials, and he made his debut at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh in August 2009 in the production of Wolfboy. He played the Prince in Rotherhams Pantomime version of Snow White in 2010. Latchford-Evans has appeared in the reality television shows The Games, Fear Factor, I'm Famous and Frightened!, The Match and went on to win Commando VIP. In 2006, he appeared in a new reality show on MTV, Totally Boyband. This show was from the same creators as the show Totally Scott-Lee, which featured his ex-colleague Lisa Scott-Lee and her family. In 2008, he appeared as part of Team Ant on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. He also appeared on Never Mind The Buzzcocks in October 2010. Steps have announced that they will be filming a four-part documentary for Sky Living, which will be aired late September 2011. He appeared in Ten Dead Men (2008) produced by Phil Hobden, and also appeared in Britflick Cash and Curry playing the villain, Casper Warrington-Boothe.
Evans is married to Kerry-Lucy Taylor. They both appeared in OK! Magazine in June 2011. They announced their engagement in March 2012. They married on 10 November 2012, and their wedding featured in November's edition of OK! Magazine with Steps bandmates Lisa, Faye, H and Claire on the front cover as well.
Evans has had a long standing private struggle with Sciurophobia (fear of squirrels). As a child Evans was pursued across a games field by three aggressive squirrels and narrowly escaped attack. Evans attributes his lifelong fear to this incident. Consequently Evans refuses to travel by air in case squirrels have managed to get on board, and there would be no escape route.
Evans is a qualified personal trainer and owner of fitness web magazine.
- Step One Tour (1999)
- Next Step Tour (1999)
- Steptacular Tour (2000)
- Steps Into Christmas Tour
- Gold Tour (2001)
- The Ultimate Tour (2012)
- Christmas With Steps (2012)
- Party on the Dancefloor (2017)
- Summer of Steps Tour (2018)
- "Steps Biography: Lee". Zomba Records. 2015. Archived from the original on 6 April 2003. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
- "Steps singer Lee Latchford Evans remembers inspirational childhood moments in Ellesmere Port". Chester Chronicle. 27 June 2012.
- "South Africa UK Health & Fitness Partnership USN & FamouslyFit.com sign a "Fight for Britain's Fitness" Deal". Fox Business Network. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2010.[dead link]