Born Leona Louise Lewis 3 April 1985 in London Borough of Islington to a Welsh mother and her father a DJ of Afro-Guyanese descent. She attended Sylvia Young Theatre School, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Ravenscourt Theatre School and the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. She left BRIT School at the age of 17 to pursue her music career. She wrote and recorded her own songs. To pay for sessions, Lewis worked as a receptionist at a solicitors office and as waitress at Pizza Hut.
In 2006, the Hackney-born Lewis won the third series of The X Factor. Her debut album, Spirit, was released in 2007 and sold over 6.5 million copies. Her subsequent albums struggled. Lewis is now working on her fifth studio album and has a role in an upcoming musical film, Walking on Sunshine. She has been nominated for major music awards, she has won the MTV Video Music Awards and three World Music Awards. She had a role in a musical film, Walking on Sunshine. Her Cabaletta operation had £1.95m assets in 2013.